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Voters will choose one of two Red Wing residents for Minnesota Senate District 21, which covers Goodhue, Dodge, Winona and Wabasha Counties. Incumbent Matt Schmit, with the Democratic-Farmor-Labour Party, will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot with Republican opponent Mike Goggin. Sen. Schmit has held the position since defeating opponent John Howe, R-Red Wing, in the 2012 election. Both he and Goggin ran unopposed in this year's primary election. Goggin: Prioritize rural infrastructure Party: Republican Age: 53
Goodhue County Sheriff's Office is investigating a safe the department's dive team located in a holding pond near Wal-Mart Tuesday afternoon. Officers learned of the safe Sunday during a response to a report of a person swimming in the pond. He told officers he was looking for the safe. The department had a planned dive team training exercise this week and decided to look for the safe in the pond. Although divers located the safe, the reason for its disposal in the pond is not yet known.
Noontime Kiwanis, Red Wing Rotary and the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce will partner to host a series of candidate forums in the Mississippi Room of the St. James Hotel from noon to 1:15 p.m. starting Tuesday, Oct. 25.
Jerry Brainard had always dreamed of moving his custom framing business to a storefront downtown. Having operated Backwoods Framing & Engraving with his wife, Luann Brainard, out of their home on Hay Creek Trail for a decade, a new, bigger space with more foot traffic seemed like a natural progression. They were in the midst of preparations to move to their new Third Street location when Jerry died on Aug. 15. Luann Brainard said the loss of her husband pushed her harder to get the project done — "and get it done right."
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith visited with Red Wing Ignite representatives and toured the building Thursday as part of her "87 Counties in 86 Days" tour, which also included visits to Dodge and Wabasha counties this week.
Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt called a spike in health insurance premiums a "full-blown crisis" Wednesday during a roundtable on the topic in Red Wing. Earlier that day, Gov. Mark Dayton identified the projected 50 to 67 percent increases in health insurance premiums under Minnesota's Affordable Care Act as "a very serious problem." Joined by Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, and House District 21 candidate Barb Haley, Daudt said Wednesday's discussion wasn't "about placing blame," but reaching a solution and hearing input from members of the community.
Sean Dowse and David Harris emerged as the mayoral candidates from the August primary to replace Mayor Dan Bender, who plans to retire after his current term. Although both candidates' names will appear on the ballot, Harris, a retired surgeon, announced his withdrawal from the race after garnering a fraction of Dowse's votes.
Catherine Ullrich had just turned 20 years old when she filled out an election ballot for the first time in the 1928 presidential election. She recalls voting for Democrat Al Smith, who was later defeated by President Herbert Hoover. The Red Wing native sat down at her dining room table Wednesday morning to fill out an early ballot for the 2016 presidential election — her 23nd presidential election as a registered voter. Ullrich will celebrate her 108th birthday this Sunday.
Evan Brown and Ernie Stone emerged from the August primary to vie for the Red Wing City Council combined Wards 3-4 seat. Incumbent Ralph Rauterkus is not seeking re-election, setting the stage for a newcomer to emerge. There are two other city races: Ward 1 (featured the Oct. 5 edition) and Ward 2 (featured Oct. 12). The Republican Eagle asked Ward 3-4 candidates several questions.
Human Rights Commission Chair Scott Bender and Mayor Dan Bender presented Lucy Richardson with the annual Amos Owen Award for her work with Hispanic Outreach. Since 2001, the award has been presented to individuals in the Red Wing community in recognition of their work in promoting and ensuring others’ human rights. The award is named for Amos Owen, a Mdewakanton Dakota elder and spiritual leader known for his work to preserve Dakota language and culture.