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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Red Wing School Board unanimously approved a labor agreement between the district and custodial, engineer and maintenance personnel at their regular board meeting Oct. 15. Adjustments were made to wages for custodians who have four or fewer years in the district to be more competitive as well as cost-of-living adjustments. Custodians who have worked in the district for five years will get a 2 percent cost-of-living increase each year. Over the past four years, custodians have received an average of 1.25 percent per year in cost-of-living adjustments.
In the age of constant and overwhelming streams of data, the Red Wing School District is using it to help students after they graduate from high school. As part of its strategic plan, the district is using demographic information from the 2018 graduating class to find who is ready for postsecondary education and who is not. Joe Jezierksi, the director of teaching and learning, said they have all of this data of test scores and information at their disposal that they weren't sure what to do with.
Hopscotch, robotics and marble runs. These things were all a part of STEM Night on Oct. 11. The gymnasium at Burnside Elementary was packed with eager students and parents who explored stations that take the everyday teaching of STEM education and offer kids a hands-on experience. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM education helps introduce students who might not normally get a chance to experience these subjects in a more intimate way. There were nine different stations for students and parents to play with:
A two-vehicle accident at 7:50 a.m. Oct. 11 is being investigated by the Goodhue County Sheriff after one of the drivers died the scene. The accident occurred at 490th Street and 130th Avenue in Roscoe Township, where deputies found a pickup and sedan that had collided. In a news release from the sheriff's department, Gregory W. Greseth, 32, of Wanamingo was pronounced dead at the scene. The release continued by identifying the driver of the sedan as Micah J. Johnson, 18, of Kenyon being airlifted by Mayo One to St. Marys in Rochester.
A couple accused of threatening employees at gunpoint were extradited to Goodhue County and booked in the county jail on Oct. 5. Michael James Berry, 39, and Natasha Renae Berry, 40, were arrested in Jackson County, Ohio, on June 9, just a day after holding Crothall Laundry employees at gunpoint, court documents show. On June 5, Michael James Berry was inquiring about getting his old job back at the laundry service. Stephen Fisher, the operations manager of the laundry service, asked Michael James Berry to fill out a job application.
A Cannon Falls man was arrested on Oct. 1 after disabling his fiance's vehicle, breaking her cellphone and firing a rifle following an argument, according to court documents. Adam Michael Lawrence, 42, was booked into jail pending charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, interfering with a 911 call, domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and dangerous weapons after Goodhue County Sheriff's Office received a call from his fiance, Crystal Johnson, from a neighboring home.
On Oct. 1, the Minnesota Department of Education awarded safety grants totaling $25 million to 90 school districts and charter schools to be used for security and violence prevention. Gov. Mark Dayton said the Safe and Secure Schools Act will provide $15.9 million to reduce gun violence and keeping students safe around Minnesota. The act also provides an additional $5 million for school-based grants that would provide mental health services to students who need additional support. The funding is will be increased by $18 per student in each district, beginning in 2019.
The first of four listening sessions to help inform Red Wing voters about the upcoming referendum vote was held at the Red Wing Public Library on Sept. 27. The Red Wing School District is asking voters to consider voting for two questions in November, that would help maintain existing programming and provide enhanced student learning. The meeting was sparsely attended, with three people in attendance, one of which was Red Wing School Board Chair Arlen Diercks.
11 area farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin will be holding self-guided tours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30 to show people what it's like to be a modern day fiber farmer. The North Star Farm Tour will include farms from Goodhue County like Berryhill Farm in Pine Island and Clear Spring farm and Frosty Acre Farms in Welch that will give people a chance to learn about many different fiber and farm animals, while also having a chance to shop local products from the respective farms.
The Cannon Falls Police Department announced that a coordinated volunteer cleanup will take place Saturday to help address damage done by a severe storm that occurred last week. People are asked to help from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29, with lunch provided to cleanup volunteers.