There once lived a Red Wing boy, A sky-jumping, happy boy, Who loved his town, his whole life long As beneath bluff, he'd strive to make it strong; He kept his city bold, Many stories would be told, So brave and gay, local folks would say, Jerry Borgen's here to stay. Chorus Now, the moon shines tonight on pretty Red Wing, The breeze is sighing, the night bird's crying, For afar 'neath his star Jerry Borgen is sleeping, While Red Wing's weeping its heart away.
Red Wing High School is deep into discussions about improving "climate," i.e. addressing behavioral problems. The School Board heard from Principal Todd Herber and teacher Scott Bender at its May 21 meeting. Among the bigger proposed changes: drop the advisory period — that half-hour, mid-morning "class" when students have 25-30 minutes to complete homework, go to the library, attend a club meeting, take a test, talk with a teacher, etc.
Red Wing City Hall seems to be on the brink of falling into a dysfunctional dictatorship. There are only four of seven council members left and word on the street is that one of those has had enough but will stick it out.
The United States nearly pushed its national symbol to extinction in the 20th century. Yet 10 years ago today, the bald eagle officially came off the endangered species list. John Flicker, president of the National Audubon Society in 2007, proclaimed the rescue "among the greatest victories of American conservation." Indeed it was. Consider how close we came to losing the bald eagle. Eagles were targeted by hunters for their feathers. So coveted were these birds (and reviled, in some cases) that fanatics took to airplanes to shoot them out of the sky.