Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism.
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The Red Wing School Board was presented with the previous year's MCA results, showing parent refusals to have students take the tests are continuing to rise and performance is dropping. Over the past three academic years, parent refusals have more than tripled, according to Director of Teaching & Learning Joe Jezierski. Jezierski said in the 2015-2016 school year, there were 44 parent refusals in the district. The next year, they jumped to 145. Last year, there were 188.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced on Sept. 13 that Jim Caturia, of Cannon Falls, won the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp. Caturia's painting of a gadwall was selected among 19 entries. It was Cautria's first time winning the contest. In a phone interview with the Republican Eagle, Caturia said he's been doing competition's like this since he was in high school.
GOODHUE — In preparation for the Nov. 6 election, the Goodhue Public School District held the first of two open houses to discuss the $26.985 million referendum facing the district. The open house was held Sept. 13, with more than 40 people in attendance to learn more information on the referendum. The second will be on Oct. 6. In May, the district asked voters to support a $30 million referendum, which failed 500-449.
A two-vehicle accident resulted in a non-life threatening incident for a Kenyon woman on Sept. 11. Peggy Gay Nelson, 76, was stopped at the crossover on Highway 52 at County Road 8 when she pulled in front of Vicky Jean Hardecopf, 53, Dexter, who was traveling southbound, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Nelson was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls. Both women were wearing their seat belts. The Minnesota State Patrol, Goodhue County Sheriff's Office and Cannon Falls Ambulance responded to the accident.
While eating dinner with her mother last school year, Hannah Coyle received a video via Snapchat — a common occurrence in the life of a teenager. Coyle opened it, only to be mortified. The video, shot in the hockey locker room at the Red Wing School District, depicted a fellow male student bragging about having sex with Coyle. Coyle, confused, had no relationship with this student, nor did she have sex with this individual. She described the unnamed student as "would not be someone you say hi to in the halls."
Injured former Red Wing Mayor John Howe is back on the campaign trail. The former state senator and his campaign manager, Tim Droogsma, were hurt as a parade concluded in Carver on Sept. 9. The candidate for secretary of state candidate was riding with others on the back of a trailer during a parade and said the conditions were ideal; the parade route was perfectly normal. As the parade ended, the person driving the tractor-trailer lost control, driving upwards of 18 mph.
On Sept. 10, motorists should expect traffic delays on the Wisconsin side of the Eisenhower Bridge as crews repair the road. The work will take place between Highway 63 near 825th Street, as crews fill and repair voids under the road at a large box culvert. Traffic delays are expected to last all day.
The human remains found July 14, 2018, in West Newton were that of David John Sheridan, a boater who had been missing since late-April, the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office announced Friday. The remains were identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension through a DNA match, according to the Sept. 7 news release. Sheridan, 61, of Pepin, had taken his Dragonfly sailboat for a test run on Lake Pepin and was reported missing after the boat was found unoccupied the following morning.
KENYON — Pulling up to L&R Poultry, you may be greeted by a curious hen. On the 72-acre Kenyon farm, the 300 laying hens are working hard, pumping out 430 dozen eggs per month. They're free range as well, walking near the woods, taking the conventional dirt bath to rid their feathers of potential parasites. Not far down the road, fields of squash, potatoes and organically grown, no-till vegetables grow as well.
Pierce County experienced a strong storm on the afternoon of Sept. 4, causing slight flooding. The rainfall totals were high according to the National Weather Service local storm report on Sept. 5. The following were the rainfall totals with corresponding times from the storm: • 7 a.m.: Prescott, 2.39 inches. • 7 a.m.: Ellsworth, 3.04 inches. • 7 a.m.: River Falls, 2.27 inches. • 8 a.m.: El Paso Township: 2.81 inches.