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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.
Red Wing High School will hold its first recognition evening for students involved in clubs and community activities. Advisers from the various groups have nominated 150 students for having gone above and beyond to support Red Wing. The awards night will be 7:15-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Hovda Hall and is open to anyone in the community.
After an exciting week watching Red Wing rally together in the Small Business Revolution vote battle, this past weekend I was again reminded how lucky our children are to be a part of a community that values them and supports them in their passions. As always, we had many sporting events happening throughout town with fans cheering on the little Wingers. We also had some awesome fine art activities that need some recognition as well.
Kenyon in southwest Goodhue County topped the 24-hour snowfall list with 14 inches reported as of 9:38 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, according to the National Weather Service. There was a report of just over a foot of snow to the east in Goodhue, and 10 inches of snow in Zumbrota. Around 9 inches of snow was reported in Red Wing on Friday morning, prompting a snow emergency . Schools also were closed around the region.
There will be a benefit 2 p.m. March 25 for Bob Langhans, who suffered severe injuries June 10, 2016, when a severe thunderstorm hit Goodhue County. The benefit will begin at 2 p.m. in the American Legion clubrooms. A large tree fell on the garage as Langhans was putting his mower away. He was pinned for more than an hour due to 75 mph winds, hail and heavy rain. With the help of a neighbor's backhoe, Red Wing and Goodhue emergency responders freed him. He suffered multiple spinal fractures and broken ribs. Several surgeries and medical emergencies have followed.
In February and March, as we wait impatiently for the coming of spring, Crossings features the work of Ken Herren and Bob Payton, two Twin Cities artists whose work brings color to the fore. Herren works in acrylics to create multi-layered, abstract paintings designed to inspire contemplation. He uses dominant color but not on a uniform surface. He enhances this texture by a graininess he achieves by incorporating pumice in the acrylic. The texture creates a modulation of the predominant color and leads one's eye further into the work, he said.
Allen Eskens of Mankato, Minn., will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Foot Room of the library. He is a best-selling mystery author who has received numerous awards.
Celebrated worldwide, the Vienna Boys Choir is recognized for their celestial voices, rapturous harmonies, pure tone, appealing demeanor and wide-ranging repertoire spanning centuries. "Smile" includes joyful music true to this youthful choir's fun, celebratory style sure to put a smile on your face. The show starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.