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LAKE CITY -- Even at the beginning of February when lakes are frozen over, boat sails were set over Lake Pepin. What makes these boats different is that they sail on ice -- not on water -- and their captains race one other. Over the past week, the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association held its World and North American races on Lake Pepin. The races began when the Detroit News held a competition to see who could bring the "fastest ice yacht you can build at home and carry on your roof rack," to them," said Joerg Bohn, a German boater. "That was the announcement.
When ACE Hardware owners Lisa and Troy Daniels found out they had won Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Retailer of the Year, the only way they could describe the feeling was shocked. Since the family has owned their hardware store, it has gone under several changes, from moving locations, passing the ownership role to a daughter and a son-in-law, to introducing a new member of the team -- a yellow Labrador named Lexi. "We honestly think the dog won the award for us," Lisa said.
"Do you remember middle school?" asked the director of Remedy. "For most of us, there are some good memories, but for many of us it was a nightmare." Remedy is a non-profit program that provides a safe place for middle school students to go after school where they can receive mentoring and help with things ranging from building relationships to completing their school work. Remedy Director Jamie Staples spoke to Women Cents, a group that is celebrating its 10th year of connecting, educating and giving back to the community and the organizations that serve it, such as Remedy.
Although the concept of running a marathon and a half, a total of 39.3 miles, for leisure may seem goofy, a Red Wing native said running the Goofy Challenge at Disney World was fun. "I would recommend it," said Cara Judd, the co-owner of Andy's Sports Bar and Grill and a Goofy Challenge participant. "It was really fun. I had a blast." Judd said what made this run enjoyable was the uniqueness factor that Disney included. The running course meandered through the Disney parks, the training camp for the Atlanta Braves, a race track and more.
With just more than 3 percent of Goodhue County reported as being Hispanic or Latino in 2011, two organizations began to work together to try to help those people receive the education that could help them find jobs and make them feel comfortable in the Red Wing area. Their common goal is literacy. The Hispanic Outreach program formed to help the Spanish-speaking population integrate into the Red Wing community by understanding the resources available to them, tutoring their youth and teaching all ages English at the most basic and advanced levels.
The holiday season has wrapped up only to be followed with a less festive season plagued with illness and tissue boxes -- influenza season. Influenza cases continue to rise in numbers. But according to Employee Health and Wellness at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, with proper care, it is possible to avoid catching this bug. One way to avoid catching influenza, an upper respiratory illness, is to get vaccinated. Since the flu season started earlier this year and the end of the flu season cannot be predicted, Dr.