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Farm owners who have had family ownership for 100 years or more could be eligible to be recognized as a Century Farm/Home or Sesquicentennial Farm/Home at this year's Pierce County Fair and Wisconsin State Fair. The deadline is March 15.
Fresh off a four-year term at the Minnesota Capitol, former Sen. Matt Schmit will take the lead of a new project with advocacy and policy research group Growth and Justice. The group aims to develop policies that stimulate economic prosperity throughout the state. Schmit will work from his hometown of Red Wing as the director of the group's new Minnesota Rural Equity Project, which will seek nonpartisan solutions to socioeconomic struggles faced throughout greater Minnesota.
People in small towns have long known that big things happen when a community gets behind a common goal. That's partly what the Small Business Revolution is all about — whether you're Bristol Borough, Penn., which won the 2017 contest, or the other four finalists including Red Wing. One community won the $500,000 prize, but as nice as that influx of cash is, it's what all five communities do with the momentum created during the contest that really matters.
Internationally celebrated bandleader, clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band will perform a modern salute to Benny Goodman — the "King of Swing" — at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Sheldon Theatre. Etkin, who plays tenor saxophone as well as clarinet and bass clarinet, will be joined by Steve Nelson on vibraphone, Matt Wilson on drums and Christian Sands on piano. In their first Minnesota performance, the quartet will feature selections from their recent recording, "What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman."
Ecumenical worship planned during Lent Several congregations from the Red Wing's historic Churches Around the Park gather together each year during the weeks of Lent for ecumenical worship and shared meals. The theme this year is "Words of Faith." They will use the Holden Evening Prayer Service for the services 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Meals will be offered at 6 p.m. at the hosting churches. There also will be Good Friday service at noon April 14 at the Church of St. Joseph. The schedule is:
Minnesota Farm Bureau's Sesquicentennial Farm program will honor families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years. Eligible farms must be at least 150 years old and in the same family according to the abstract of title, land patent, original deed, county land records, court file in registration proceedings or other authentic land records. Continuous residence on farm is not required, but ownership must be continuous. Qualifying families receive a commemorative certificate with an outdoor sign signifying Sesquicentennial Farm recognition.
More than a dozen area nonprofit groups will be taking part in the annual Salsa-licious celebration noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Sargent's Nursery, 3352 N. Service Drive. Attendees will be able to meet and greet the groups, as well as purchase tickets to vote for their favorite salsa. Each vote cast supports a non-profit group. The event includes food, drinks, music and dancing. Admission is $3.
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation today canceled the 2017 American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon cross-country ski races. The American Birkebeiner is North America's largest cross-country ski race, which runs from Cable to Hayward, Wis., finishing on the snow-covered Main Street of Hayward. Unseasonably warm weather made that impossible, the ABSF said in a news release Friday, Feb. 24.
Goodhue County Historical Society and Red Wing Environmental Learning Center will be hosting Bluffs & Brews Saturday, Feb. 25. This session of the adult program series, designed to connect Goodhue County residents to natural and cultural outdoor excursions, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Environmental Learning center in Red Wing.
It was my great pleasure to speak at an Upper Hiawatha Valley Audubon Chapter meeting held at the Red Wing Conservation Club recently. I enjoyed spending time with the wonderful folks who gathered there. Those in attendance were way beyond nice. The area is fortunate to have such a tremendous organization. I had a swell time! Now, whenever I feel like telling someone where to go, I'm telling them to go to Red Wing. Al Batt Hartland, Minn. Al Batt is a storyteller and outdoor columnist.