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The battle to save Red Wing's students in poverty continues to wage. Programs and community partnerships continue to strengthen, Supt. Stan Slessor said Thursday -- one day after the U.S. Census Bureau released new figures for students living in poverty. About 8 percent of Red Wing students between ages 5 and 17 come from poor households, according to census figures. At 5 percent, Cannon Falls had the fewest students in poverty among Goodhue County school districts. Like Red Wing, Goodhue and Kenyon-Wanamingo registered at 8 percent.
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical saw a major spike this year among students who officials say often face barriers to entering and completing college. The increase of so-called underrepresented students climbed 29 percent over 2008, MnSCU officials announced Wednesday. Only three other colleges - technical schools in Anoka, Pine City and St. Cloud - in MnSCU's 32 state institutions saw greater increases.
The Goodhue County Red Cross typically spends about $4,000 a year tending to emergencies. But a rash of house fires has already cost the organization $8,000 - just four months into its new fiscal year. So when Executive Director Sarah Schuck thinks about the price tag for her chapter's latest addition, she's all smiles. "It's something we'd dreamt about for many years," she said. The chapter in June received a used ambulance from Gold Cross, Rochester's emergency service.
The district's reserve account has never looked so good. But don't expect the good times to last, an auditor told Red Wing School Board members Monday. District officials pointed to a combination of accounting changes and spending reductions for the highest reserve total in more than a decade. The district has $1.39 million in its unreserved general fund balance - the fund scrutinized by auditors in gauging financial health. "It's good news, but we've got to temper it to the future outlook," district Finance Director Brad Johnson said. Doug Blanshan, a representative of the audit fir
A 46-year-old man who lists his address as Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing was charged by Hennepin County prosecutors in a string of armed robbery cases. Dwayne Murray, 1079 Highway 292, was charged Nov. 10 with one count of aggravated robbery. The charge stems from an Oct. 14 incident when Murray allegedly entered a Minneapolis flower shop, asked about fresh flowers, then displayed a knife. According to a criminal complaint, Murray ordered the clerk not to look at him and demanded she open the cash register.
The local response to school threats won't change, despite a call to alter the system. School officials, police and prosecutors said the current system remains useful after being put into action last week. Police were alerted Nov. 9 that a gun threat may have been made by a student at Twin Bluff Middle School. No violence related to threat occurred, though it did raise the question of how notification occurs. Supt. Stan Slessor said he should have alerted police Nov.
It could have been handled better. That was the consensus opinion among Red Wing School Board members following a possible gun threat last week at Twin Bluff Middle School. Supt. Stan Slessor admitted Monday he should have notified police days earlier, as soon as rumors of a gun threat emerged. "That was my mistake," he told School Board members. "The police can do a better job with investigating than we can." Instead, school officials waited until Nov. 9 - at least two school days after initial reports - to alert police to rumors that a student may have been bringing a gun to school.
The competitive grant process usually keeps applicants' hopes in check. So when Esther Gullixson applied to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation in search of new instruments for her music therapy program, she sought out $1,500 worth. Not a pushy request, she figured. "They called and said, 'Is that all you want?'" the Red Wing School District teacher said of the foundation, based in Studio City, Calif. Gullixson ended up with about $5,000 worth of equipment for her high school classes: seven drums and two harp-like instruments.
Scott Adkisson believes some people deserve a second chance. They make an error in judgment, maybe pocketing an item at a store, maybe breaking a window. "Should they have to pay for that forever?" Adkisson said. He's talking about Red Wing's first-time offenders who take misdemeanor raps for theft or criminal property damage - the only people in Minnesota currently eligible for his program. Adkisson is CEO and president at Red Wing-based Financial Crimes Services, which manages the city's property crimes diversion program.
A rural Kenyon man was airlifted Monday after falling out of his tree stand. Goodhue County sheriff's deputies were called to Russell Pavlak's property in Holden Township. Pavlak called to report he had fallen out of the stand shortly after 5 p.m. A sheriff's spokeswoman said the fall was 16 to 17 feet. Kenyon police, fire and ambulance personnel responded. Pavlak was airlifted by North Memorial Air Care and taken to Regions Hospital where he was listed Tuesday in fair condition.