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This year's Flyway Film Festival interim director is Lu Lippold. Lippold has a thorough understanding of the documentary world from her time directing, producing and fundraising for films, working for FilmNorth Minnesota, freelancing with documentary organizations, volunteering at film festivals and teaching at the College of St. Benedict, St. John's University and University of St. Thomas. The film festival, now in its 11th year, will take place Oct. 19-21, 2018, along the shores of Lake Pepin in Stockholm, Pepin and Alma, Wis.
Brooke Thoen, 19, is a singer-songwriter from Ellsworth. After graduating from high school, Thoen moved to Minneapolis for school and to pursue a career in music. Now, Thoen is one of the Minneapolis finalists for the Celebration of Music, a national talent showcase run by PBS.
St. John's Hospital of Red Wing was founded in 1903. In February 1967, the building that is still stand at 1407 W. Fourth St. was completed. When new, the hospital had 115 beds and 16 bassinets. There was also a licensed practical nursing program. Now, the building is scheduled to close. In 1967, Sue Nelson and Deborah Wilkens were accepted to the Red Wing School of Nursing with 26 other women. The program ran for 11 months and at the end, everyone who passed the board exams received their LPN. Most of the students started with no knowledge of nursing.
During the annual Flood Run, three motorcyclists crashed in separate locations. The crashes resulted in one death and two men with unknown injuries. Both were taken to the hospital. At approximately 1:47 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 15, deputies from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department responded to a reported motorcycle crash on Highway 35 near 125th Avenue. Upon arrival, deputies determined that a secondary crash had occurred as a result of a traffic backup from the first motorcycle crash.
The questions of whether alternative energy should be pursued and what kind of alternative energy that would be have been a common topic throughout local, state and national government meetings. Goodhue County is no different. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the Goodhue County Board of Commissioners debated if, and how, the county should proceed in investing in solar energy. In the past, Goodhue County put out a request for proposals for solar energy. However, that process was failed. Now, the topic is being brought up again.
No more painting the bluff. On Monday, Sept. 10, the Red Wing City Council unanimously voted to end all graffiti on Barn Bluff. Before making a decision, the Council read eight emails sent by citizens and listened to 13 residents speak during a public forum. Of the eight emails, half of the authors favored of continuing to allow graffiti on the bluff. The other four emailers wanted the practice to end. Those speaking at the forum were not as equally divided as those who sent in emails.
The annual Minnesota Children's Book Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Anderson Center. Along with a variety of activities and, as the event's name suggests, books, there are 15 authors and illustrators scheduled to attend the event. One of the authors is local resident, Pete Hautman, winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize, Minnesota Book Award and National Book Award.
On Sunday, Sept. 9, the Econofoods on Main Street will change to Family Fare. Both Econofoods and Family Fare are owned by SpartanNash, a company based in Michigan. The day before the opening of Family Fare, the Econofoods on Tyler Road will close its doors. According to a store manager, some of the employees at that location will move to Family Fare. The management team said today learned about the "Econo West" closing two days ago, Aug. 27, so the decision on who will be transferred to the new store has not yet been made.