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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According to Minnesota's Opioid Action Plan, there has been 395 opioid overdose deaths since 2015. An 18 percent increase. Of those 395 overdose deaths, 194 were prescription opioids, 150 involved heroin and 99 involved synthetic opioids. To help combat these opioid overdoses, Minnesota enacted "Steve's Law," which allows non-health care providers to administer naloxone, or also known as by a popular brand as Narcan. Naloxone is the generic name of the drug. So what is naloxone? Where can you get it? And why is it necessary?
The Red Wing School District is seeing a high trend of students opting out of standardized testing. Dr. Beth Borgen gave an update on these trends and support services at the Red Wing School Board meeting on May 7. Borgen, the district's director of support services, said a growing number of students are predominantly opting out of MCA testing. Two years ago, Borgen said 45 students had parental opt outs. That number increased drastically, with 145 parental opt outs. This year the number increased again to 189 parental opt outs.
Although Sheena Tisland wasn't named Minnesota Teacher of the Year, it was an experience she won't soon forget. Tisland, a ninth-grade language arts teacher at Red Wing High School, said the process was "enjoyable," getting to meet 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Corey Bulman, a teacher at Mound Westonka High School in Minnetrista, Minn., and other educators outside of the finalists. Tisland said each finalist had questions posed by a panel of 20 people who work in education in the state.
GOODHUE — Voters in the Goodhue School District rejected Tuesday a long-planned $30 million referendum that would go toward overall school improvements. The referendum failed by a vote of 500-449. Goodhue Superintendent Mike Redmond spoke to the Republican Eagle at 9:15 p.m. May 8, a little over an hour after the polls were closed, to give the results.
GOODHUE — A house fire Monday at John Augustine Farms was the result of an unattended brush fire on the property, authorities said. Goodhue Fire Chief Dustin Luhman said they were called to the scene around 1:15 p.m. May 7 to help extinguish the fire. When they arrived on scene, the south wall of the home was fully engulfed, including the roof and attic inside the home.
"The Ugly Duckling," a classic fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and published in 1843, is one of Susan Richardson's favorite books to teach students at Sunnyside Elementary. The reason why she reads it to her students: it's never failed to capture their attention and is always relevant. "Even a group of wiggly first-graders, chatty first-graders, settle in at the first line. And they are with me because they can identify with that character. We've all felt like an ugly duckling at one time or another."
The Red Wing School District will participate in the Summer Food Service Program this year, a program offered by the United State Department of Agriculture. The SFSP ensures that low-income children have access to nutritious meals while on summer vacation. According to the SFSP section on the USDA's website, the program plans to serve more than 200 million meals to students. Lunch will be provided to all local children at no charge at the following places in Red Wing:
CANNON FALLS — If the Cannon Falls speech team needs to leave for a tournament at 6:15 a.m., those students are showing up 15 minutes early. That's what co-head coaches Holly Winget and Cal Vande Hoef expect, but rarely have to remind their kids about being punctual. On April 21, students won their third straight Class A team state title, earning seven medals each during the competition. The victory was narrow for the Bombers, with Mounds Park Academy winning seven medals as well, including two gold medals.
Beginning on April 30, highways in Olmsted, Goodhue, Winona and Mower counties will experience possible traffic delays and single lane traffic. In Goodhue County, pavement repair will be conducted on Highway 52 near Pine Island and Highway 52 between Highway 60 and Goodhue County Road 7 through Zumbrota. Other areas in Southeast Minnesota are: Highway 56 between West Concord and Randolph, Highway 14 between Chester and St. Charles, and Highway 105 between I-90 and Mower County Road 28 near Austin.
Scott Perau has sung with some of the best men's chorus groups in the country. Between his time with the Great Northern Union Chorus and, a group he created with his friends, CHORD SMASH!, Perau has sung with many talented singers. Now, he wants to bring that experience to the Red Wing area, creating a men's chorus. Perau, who has taught at Red Wing High School for three years as a choir director, said the closest groups for people in this area are in the Twin Cities or Rochester. Perau believes that male singers in this community will jump at the opportunity.