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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ZUMBROTA, Minn. — Since 1983, Scott McNurlin has been a friendly face in Goodhue County while working for the sheriff's office and spending the last seven years as sheriff. On Aug. 9, McNurlin turned in his badge and retired. At the Goodhue County Board meeting, the board unanimously approved the promotion of Chief Deputy Kris Johnson to replace McNurlin effective immediately until Jan. 6, 2019 when a newly elected sheriff will take over.
The following school board filings in Goodhue County were recorded as of 2 p.m. Aug. 10 from the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Filings close at 5 p.m., Tuesday. Cannon Falls School District • Anna Olson • Brenda Owens (incumbent) • Nels Swenning Kenyon-Wanamingo School District • Kevin L. Anderson • Tonya Craig • Jennifer Lerfald • AJ Lindell • Marilyn Syverson (incumbent) • Sandra A. Vold Lake City School District • Dawn Balow (incumbent)
Since July 31, the window for running for school board has been open for municipalities and school districts that don't hold primaries. That window closes on Aug. 14, with races around the county still seeking people to run for their respective school board. A few, including Kenyon-Wanamingo and Randolph, don't have any candidates running for their respective boards, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Both districts confirmed to the Republican Eagle that no candidates are running yet.
ZUMBROTA — A new crop is beginning to take form at Willow's Keep Farm outside of Zumbrota. It's not corn or soybeans. The crop isn't to be confused with ditch weed or marijuana. It's hemp. The multi-purpose, versatile crop is going to be turned into a maze for people to walk through, while also getting a hands-on education from the farm's owner, Ted Galaty. Previously, the site had a corn maze as a part of the farm's haunted house experience: Fright Farm. Galaty predicts the hemp will grow about 8 feet tall. Galaty said some hemp will grow upwards of 12 feet.
Goodhue County will have a half-cent sales tax starting Jan. 1, 2019. The Goodhue County Board passed the tax increase July 24 to help fund transportation projects over the next 10 years. The county joins 40 others to implement a local option sales tax. The discussion started with Public Works Director Greg Isakson going through a long list of potential projects the county will have to address in the coming years. Two slated for 2021 are particularly important because they put the county in a position of raising an additional $6 million to pay for them.
In an effort to better inform voters of the upcoming referendum, the Red Wing School District launched an informational website called Wingers Soar. The district is asking voters to consider two questions that would increase the operating levy. The first questions asks voters to increase the general education revenue by $1,200 per pupil. The second question asks voters to increase the general education revenue by an additional $450 per pupil, taking the total to $1,650.
LAKE CITY—Norman Erickson never gets sick of hazelnuts. The city boy turned farmer even has a license plate on his truck that says HAZLNUT. Erickson and his wife, Mary Erickson, own Hazelnut Valley Farm, 30 acres of land in Lake City, on the other side of Bluff View Elementary, through the trees. For 18 of those acres, the Ericksons' rent out the land for growing non-GMO corn. The remaining 12 acres are reserved for 4,000 hazelnut bushes. And a slight slithering of grape vines.
As part of the 2016 referendum for the Red Wing School District, major repairs have been underway at the high school, Sunnyside and Colvill. Kraus-Anderson Construction is in charge of the repairs and upgrades to the school district, with secured entrances, replacing boiler systems, and HVAC repairs happening throughout the summer. The construction is expected to be completed before the beginning of the school year. Red Wing High School
Two outdoor open houses will be held for the Red Wing 2040 Community Plan on July 24 and 25. The Red Wing 2040 Community Plan has spent almost two years creating a plan that will benefit the citizens of Red Wing over the next 20 years, looking at housing, physical and mental health, public safety, and more.
The Red Wing Men's Chorus will perform at First United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. July 22. The group will be joined by CHORD SMASH!, a barbershop quartet that includes Scott Perau, the Red Wing High School choir director and leader of the men's chorus. Perau said the concert is free, though a free-will donation will be set up for those interested. The money will benefit the Red Wing High School Choral Music Program.