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 — 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.
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.