Minnesota State College and University officials defended merit pay increases to the system's top officials this week following an outcry from union leaders. The Association of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees complained that MnSCU presidents were awarded merit bonuses while workers and students "scrape by," according to AFSCME documents. "The Board of Trustees remains committed to performance incentives because they provide greater accountability by the system's top leaders," said MnSCU Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Linda Kohl, "and they support the board phil
ST. PAUL - International accords like the Geneva Conventions and the Nuremberg Trials trump Minnesota's trespass law, a group of peace activists told jurors Wednesday. Eight people arrested at last year's Republican National Convention, including a Red Wing man, argued in Ramsey County District Court that cordoned-off sections of RNC sites presented an opportunity to make a political statement.
The scenic view didn't last long Sunday for Jamie and Brad Roschen. While taking in the panorama at Red Wing's Memorial Park, the couple received a troubling phone call just after 7 p.m.: Their house was on fire. "We were thinking, 'Can we put it out?'" Jamie Roschen said Monday. The couple hurried back to their Featherstone Township residence to find the mobile home engulfed in flames. It later burned to the ground.
A Red Wing peace activist accused of trespassing during the Republican National Convention protest goes to trial Monday in St. Paul. David Harris, who was arrested last year during a protest march along with seven others, said the group plans to plead not guilty to the misdemeanor charges. "It's kind of the last resort of this method of protest," he said Friday. "This was not an illegitimate act." For a complete report, see the Sept. 12 print edition of the Republican Eagle.
A Red Wing family was displaced Thursday after a fire burned up the basement of their Hawthorne Street residence. Firefighters were called at 8:34 a.m. to the Leonard and Stacey Covey residence, 814 Hawthorne St. No one was home at the time of the fire, which was contained to the basement. Firefighters said there was moderate smoke damage throughout the home. Two housecats died in the fire, which is under investigation. Red Wing Fire Marshal Andy Speltz said the fire displaced the family, which includes two children, ages 2 and 4.
Dropout study Red Wing's recent dropouts generally came from impoverished, stressful households where parents didn't value education. Those were the findings of a dropout study conducted by former youth worker Pam Johnson, who interviewed 15 Red Wing High School dropouts as part of an effort to determine why the district's dropout rate outpaces neighboring school systems. "They didn't blame anyone for dropping out," Johnson said.
Red Wing School Board members on Tuesday approved a retiree health-benefit payment plan that saves the district more than $1 million but will mean a temporary property tax spike. The board voted against capitalizing interest on the payment, which district administrators said will save the district about $1.1 million overall.
Michele Rehder thinks students always need a little motivation on the first day of school. President Obama provided that spur Tuesday, the Goodhue High School teacher said. The president spoke to the nation's schoolchildren in a live address from Arlington, Va., urging them to take personal responsibility for their education. After the speech, Rehder asked the students in her senior government class - several of whom showed signs of first-day excitement - to write out what in Obama's message hit home.
If an autumn H1N1 outbreak strikes Red Wing schools, school officials say they will be prepared. During a districtwide meeting Thursday, district leaders briefed staff on the possibilities of the H1N1 virus - commonly referred to as swine flu - spreading among Red Wing students. District nurse Kris Klassen said she thinks the possibility of a major outbreak appears unlikely, but said students and teachers must take precautions to prevent the virus from arriving in Red Wing schools. "I guess I'm preparing for the worst and hoping it doesn't happen," Klassen said Wednesday. The Centers f
Goodhue County school leaders aren't concerned that President Barack Obama's upcoming education speech will involve political undertones. But that doesn't mean all administrators will allow the speech to play live in classrooms, as the president wants. Obama will address the nation's students at 11 a.m. Tuesday.