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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After the death of two brothers and their grandmother in a two-vehicle accident, a vigil was held in their honor July 20 at Bay Point Park. On July 14, Robert Welch, 50, of Hager City, Stacy Lande, 47, of Hager City, and Zachary R. Johnson, 8, and Taylor S. Johnson, 5, of Red Wing, were traveling northbound on County Road 18 in Welch Township. Welch, the operator of the vehicle, crossed over the centerline on a curve. A vehicle coming from the opposite direction swerved to avoid the vehicle, but was unable, and struck the passenger side of the vehicle.
BAY CITY — While on vacation in Utah, Mike Runyon received a phone call from the Pierce County Sheriff's Jail. It was around 6:30 a.m. on June 16 and he was wondering who was calling to be bailed out. But it wasn't that. It was the sheriff's office. They were calling to tell him his home was burning down. With the Runyon family, including Mike, Jess, and two of their three children in Utah, they were safe from harm's way. They were lucky enough to have a dog sitter who had let the dogs out while she milked cattle off the property.
BAY CITY — While on vacation in Utah, Mike Runyon received a phone call from the Pierce County Jail. It was around 6:30 a.m. on June 16 and he was wondering who was calling to be bailed out. But it wasn't that. It was the sheriff's office. Deputies were calling to tell him his home was burning down. With the Runyon family — that being Mike, Jess, and two of their three children — in Utah, that group was safe from harm's way. They were lucky enough to have a dog sitter who had let the dogs out while she milked cows off the property.
A human leg was found by a resident on the Mississippi River in West Newton on July 14, according to a news release from the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office. The resident was cleaning out a debris pile 20 feet from the shore, when they spotted a shoe and a human leg, femur down to foot, in the pile of debris. There were no other human remains located at that time. The incident is under investigation and more information will follow pending a report from the Medical Examiner's office.
A two-vehicle accident Friday in Welch Township resulted in the death of three people, including the children of Marya Christiansen, who died in a tragic accident herself in 2016.
Joseph Paul Czeck was charged with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide on July 13 for the deaths of two women after a boulder became dislodged from his landscaping truck. Czeck, 33, Hastings, was operating the truck with a 1,100-pound boulder in the back of his vehicle. The boulder fell out of the vehicle in Rosemount at Rich Valley Boulevard and 125 Street, where a Toyota Avalon struck the boulder. Karen Christiansen, 67, and 32-year-old Jena Christiansen were the driver and passenger in the vehicle and died at the scene.
Throughout the summer, with parents busy at work, some children in Red Wing find themselves wondering what to do with their next meal. Do they make another box of Kraft mac n' cheese with hot dogs slices and a side of potato chips? What about a Hot Pocket or frozen pizza? Now kids, and parents, don't need to worry about the third day in a row of unhealthy meals thanks to the summer meal program in the Red Wing School District. The program is free for any student ages 18 and under, with breakfast and lunch served in seven different locations.
CANNON FALLS — Teaching teenagers about government, politics and history may seem like a daunting task for most, but for Heather Loeschke she wouldn't want to do anything else. As a Cannon Falls High School teacher for 17 years, Loeschke has played devil's advocate for discussions amongst student Democrats and Republicans, preached her love of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution (she's a self-described "fanatic") and won six state We The People titles during her time in the district.
The software and web development program at Minnesota State College Southeast is the best value, according to GreatValueColleges.net. The program, taught by Mark Swanson, beat out colleges such Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn., and is recognized for the cost of tuition, the relevance of the curriculum to the demands of the field, and the student-to-faculty ratio. Swanson said the job is a difficult one, making him work constantly.
An Oronoco woman was charged with the death and serious injury of three others after an October crash in Randolph Township. The crash occurred when Lori Janine Hoefs of Oronoco ran through a stop sign on Highway 56, causing a collision with another vehicle going northbound. The collision resulted in the death of the driver, Brenda Travis of Rochester, and caused serious injuries to three passengers of that vehicle. Hoefs sustained broken ribs and a broken pelvis.