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Jamie Schumacher, artists, nonprofit founder, author, public speaker, executive director of the West Bank Business Association and mother of twom said that she has always had a "nugget" of an idea in the back to her brain: to create something in her community that she could learn from and then hand-off.
Lake City's Lincoln High School is in the last few days of rehearsal before its fall play, "The Ransom of Miss Elverna Dower." The play will run Friday, Nov. 9, and through Sunday, Nov. 11. "The Ransom of Miss Elverna Dower" opens on a Tuesday in February when Casey (played by senior Olivia Jankowski) is dreading the oration that she is scheduled to present in Ms. Dower's English class that day.
Jason Majerus and Brad Anderson were both re-elected to the Goodhue County Board. Majerus serves as the board's chair and Anderson is the vice-chair. Both commissioners ran unopposed in their races. Brad Anderson Anderson, who will complete his first term on the board in December, is the commissioner for District 2, which is comprised of the townships of Stanton, Cannon Falls, Vasa, Leon, Belle Creek, Minneola and the city of Cannon Falls. The district has an approximate population of 8,844 people.
The Minnesota House seats that represent Goodhue County, Districts 21A and 21B, both remained red after the 2018 primary election as the Republican incumbents won. Barb Haley of 21A received 56.91 percent of votes cast and will return to St. Paul in January 2019 to begin her second term in office. Steve Drazkowski, who is currently in his sixth term, won with 63.79 percent of the vote.
This election cycle is predicted to break a variety of records: early voting turnout, money spent on campaigns, the number of ballots cast in a midterm election and the impact that woman have on politics. For example, statistical analysis company FiveThirtyEight predicts that women will vote in record numbers across the country this November. National
There is about 12,000 miles between the Stone Forest in the Yunnan province of China and Red Wing. Manhu Band traveled that distance to share a piece of their culture with residents of this community. As part of Arts Midwest World Fest, the band had a residency program around the city during the week of Oct. 22, which ended with a performance at the Sheldon on Sunday, Oct. 28.
As the school day ended on Monday, Oct. 29, the Twin Bluff Middle School auditorium became alive as 55 students replaced their backpacks and school clothes with tropical shirts, skirts and dresses in preparation for a rehearsal of "Once on This Island, Junior." After costumes were tied, zipped or pinned the rehearsal began. The first order of business was practicing the final number of the performance, which includes two-part harmony, before the students all took the stage.
Red Wing kids, big and small, were able to get a glimpse of the life of a firefighter during the Red Wing fire station open house Sunday, Oct. 28. Participants were able to sit in fire trucks, use a hose to put out a fake fire, see gear worn by firefighters and take photos with Sparky the Fire Dog. In the fire house visitors could eat hot dogs and popcorn, served by firemen, and learn about how to be safe around the home. Kids were able to color fire and fire safety related coloring sheets and, possibly the hit of the event, wear "junior firefighter" helmets.
Ryan Hampton is three years into recovery from a decade of an opioid addiction. Now, he is traveling around the United States as an advocate for recovery. On Friday, Nov. 2, Hampton will be in Red Wing talking about his new book, "American Fix," and how to understand and end the opioid crisis.
"I didn't know it at the time, but I started writing this four years ago," said Krista Betcher, author of "I Know You're Here," published in September 2018. Betcher's husband, Larry, was killed in a farm accident in 2014. A couple of days later, Betcher was out walking her dogs by a pond on her property. When she looked up, she made eye contact with a deer. In that moment, Betcher felt Larry's presence. "I don't know why, it just shook me," Betcher said.