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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KENYON — There was little discussion needed at the Kenyon-Wanamingo School Board meeting on June 25, as the board unanimously approved its 2019 school budget. There is no separate finance committee, according to School Board Chair Jennifer Smith, who said the board regularly discusses the budget each month, including a four-and-a-half hour work session last month. The board projected the general fund balance at 8.78 percent or $832,579 by July 1, a mark that's less than members would like to see.
GOODHUE — The Goodhue Facilities Planning Committee sent out an anonymous survey last month to all of the 949 voters from the May 8 referendum vote. On June 19, the committee discussed the results from the survey that showed voters on either side support building improvements, but question the costs associated. Goodhue School District Superintendent Mike Redmond said after the meeting the survey gave the committee a solid response and that he appreciated the sincere feedback from the written responses.
At the conclusion of the Cannon Falls Area Triad monthly meeting June 13, Cannon Falls resident Bob Rohl said the presentation on fentanyl didn't sit well with him. "I'm concerned of where this country is going," Rohl said. "We don't need more chemical addictions. And what the hell to do about it, I don't know." Rohl, along with a small group of concerned citizens, listened to a presentation by Goodhue County Drug Task Force Investigator Jonathan Huneke about Goodhue County and southeastern Minnesota focusing on fentanyl abuse in the area.
After buying Red's Savoy Pizza in October, Tom and Candy Radke have purchased another restaurant in downtown Red Wing as well. One that's literally right next door. On June 9, the Radke's opened Fat Frog Sub House & Deli in the former restaurant that housed SJ's Gourmet Subs. After SJ's Gourmet Subs closed its doors in March, the Radke's decided to open Fat Frog, continuing in the traditions of The SubHouse, using the same type of bread from the Gonnella Bakery in Chicago.
LAKE CITY — A chain link fence can be seen wrapped around most of Bluff View Elementary, as the school is about to undergo massive construction. The construction comes from the $12 million referendum bond passed on Nov. 7, 2017, and began on June 1. The Lake City School District Superintendent Erick Enger said expanding pre-kindergarten offerings was the driving force behind the construction when discussions began in 2015.
City Hall was more crowded than usual on June 4 at the Red Wing School Board meeting, with current and former students utilizing the public comment to voice their concerns over the possible canceling of the high school's advisory class. Emotions were high as they said the student body had not been thoroughly addressed before the release of the proposed disciplinary plan to help address the school climate issues.
Every Hand Joined will have a new executive director starting on June 25. Todd Jasin will serve as the new executive director, Deanna Voth said in an email to the Republican Eagle on May 30. Jasin is currently working as the executive director of the United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties in Wooster, Ohio. Prior to working in Ohio, Jasin worked for the Greater Twin Cities United Way for over eight years.
CANNON FALLS — During one of the various spirit week celebrations at Cannon Falls High School, James Watson was hard to miss. The senior took the time to show his true self, a sort of artistic expression. Watson dressed up as Darth Maul, a character from the film "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace" as part of the school's red and black dress-up day. Watson donned red and black face paint, including Darth Maul's signature horns and even a toilet paper crafted lightsaber.
Jessica Scheerer began her speech with a loud and resounding: "Hi! We're here!" A perfect way to kick off the graduation ceremony at Red Wing High School in the Larry Sonju Gymnasium on June 1. There were 201 students graduating from Red Wing this year, with 33 students achieving a grade-point average of 3.92 or above and 52 students graduating with honor chords. Scheerer encouraged her fellow classmates to share their respective stories and backgrounds, to help the nation come together.
The Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office and Goodhue County Sheriff's Office announced they are investigating suspicious circumstances regarding a fire that occurred in Cannon Falls on March 29, 2018. At 4:15 a.m., the Sheriff's Office and Cannon Falls Fire Department responded to a fire in an outbuilding that contained a wood shop at the residence of Steven Jacobsen, 30700 Oxford Mill Road, Cannon Falls. The building was destroyed by the fire, the sheriff's department said in a news statement May 25.