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When Minnesotans voted for the Legacy Amendment, we agreed to increase our own taxes to help ensure funding for the state's environmental and cultural legacy needs. At the time, I bet few of us likely thought those new taxes would eventually be used as a tool to patch our highways, but if the current legislature has its way, that very well could happen.
The Red Wing Rotary presented the Paul Harris award to Brian Peterson (left) and member Dewey Rothering (far right). Presenting the awards Tuesday, May 16, are club foundation chair Lee Finholm and President Trincy Faas. The Paul Harris award is given annually to a community member and club member who exemplify Rotary ideals. The award includes a $1,000 donation to the Rotary Foundation in the recipient's name.
Amy Pirkle and Sara Pirkle Hughes have been best friends and collaborators all their lives, but being identical twins does not mean they are the same. Amy, who is elder by about a minute, has taken on the role of big sister. "She was always treated like the older twin. She bossed me around," Sara said. "I didn't," Amy countered. "Amy was the leader and I was the follower," Sara insisted.
Phoenix Theatre will stage "Urinetown" this summer at the Sheldon Theatre. Auditions are open to all and take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, and 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 22, at the theatre. Here's a glimpse at the plot: In a Gotham-like city, it's a privilege to pee. A terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs.
It's spring again and for many of us our attention turns to doing things outdoors such as camping, fishing, playing golf or attending one of the many baseball or softball games in our communities. Others are thinking about what they are planning to do over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Whatever it is you and your families do, let us not forget the reason we are able to celebrate Memorial Day.
The Minnesota State College Southeast Foundation is hosting the annual Community Connections Golf Tournament Thursday, May 25, at Mount Frontenac Golf Course. Secure online registration is available now at www.southeastmn.edu/redwinggolf .
Minnesota's Titanic as it is sometimes referred to, describes an event that occurred in July 1890 on the Mississippi. The vessel Sea Wing left Red Wing for a Sunday cruise to Lake City. On the way, back a summer storm hit and 98 people died, mostly women and children. A plaque at Levee Park memorializes the tragic event. National Safe Boating Week May 20-26 is a good time to keep in mind this event and what we may be able to accomplish to reduce the loss of life in any boating setting.
The League of Women Voters Minnesota rejects the flawed arguments and omissions about eliminating Election Day voter registration and replacing it with costly and unwieldy provisional balloting process. As a nonpartisan political organization, LWV Minnesota — including the Red Wing chapter — has long-held positions on voting rights and works to present accurate and complete information on public policy issues. We base our positions on nonpartisan factual research, civil discourse and consensus decision-making by our members.
On Monday, May 15, Tammi Mills reported a disturbance near her home on Fifth Street in Red Wing's East End. The call resulted in an arrest of Carlton O'Neal, 35, of Rosemount, Minn., on a variety of charges. Red Wing police responded at approximately 8:30 p.m. and quickly realized the situation was fairly serious, authorities said. After about an hour, O'Neal was arrested on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and a fourth-degree DWI for driving under the influence of methamphetamine.
To learn more about tombstone preservation and restoration, stop by the Goodhue County Historical Society for a workshop 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Participants will receive a preservation kit (a $25 value) and lunch. Following the presentation is a hands-on workshop at Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing. This is suitable for cemetery professionals, genealogy enthusiasts and local history buffs. Registration, through Red Wing Community Education, is $38 per person and includes the professional preservation kit and lunch.