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Jordan Towers will host an open house 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. The event is hosted by Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Door prizes will be available, along with pie and ice cream. The public housing complex offers activities, services and amenities in a secure building for the elderly and those with disabilities. Rent is based on 30 percent of monthly adjusted income. Jordan Towers are located in the 400 block of West Fifth Street. For more information, visit www.redwinghra.org or call 651-388-7571.
Red Wing and Xcel Energy have launched a new joint initiative called the Get-Up-And-Save Congregational Energy Challenge. This educational campaign is a fun competition between local churches to promote environmental stewardship. Reducing energy usage equates to a cleaner "Green Wing" community — all the while, saving money. The organizer of the Congregational Energy Challenge is Red Wing native Jill Fanslow. She is recruiting and meeting with congregations to join the campaign.
I'm a lifelong Democrat, but have known times and places where many of the more capable and honorable elected officials were Republicans. Cooperation existed and progress was made. Today's Republicans often seem more like a hate group than a responsible political party. Consider the agenda of the present Minnesota House and Senate leadership: They are attacking freedom of expression with bills designed to harass demonstrators. They seek to shut down environmental protections and take from the poor and give to the wealthy. Evil-minded, punitive and vindictive bills by the dozens ...
Does technology sometimes drive you to distraction? Yep, same here and I'm in the tech business. It happens to everyone in every generation. Our parents couldn't figure out how to use a VCR and we laughed at them. Now our kids are laughing at us because we can't get Bluetooth working. Their kids will laugh at them because they can't program their self-driving Toyota Prius to get them to Perkins for the senior discount. Isn't technology great?
Roger Sievers of RiverTown MultiMedia will discuss online marketing during Lunch & Learn at noon Wednesday, March 22. His presentation will include how to better understand customers. The sponsor this month is Goodhue County Education District, which will host the session River Bluff Education Center, 395 Guernsey Lane. Lunch & Learn is free for Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce members and $25 for non-members. Reservations are required by March 20. Call 651-388-4719.
Dr. Bruno Borsari, associate professor of biology at Winona State University will present "Soil Health Framed with Biodiversity" Monday, March 20. The presentation will be held 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 503 W. Sixth St. Enter the church through the door facing West Avenue, near the carport. The event is free and open to the public.
Ross Lexvold is Xcel Energy's new community relations manager for southeastern Minnesota. He replaces Pamela Gorman Prochaska, who has been promoted to director of nuclear regulatory policy. A longtime resident of Goodhue County and Red Wing, Lexvold spent the last decade working for Xcel Energy at the Prairie Island nuclear plant in various roles.
The community honored four more of its own this week. A couple weeks ago, three public servants were recognized. The Red Wing area is blessed to have many people who go above and beyond, whether in their jobs or personal lives or both. And typically it is both, because that's the sort of person each one of these individuals is. The Republican Eagle Editorial Board joins in saluting these seven individuals:
ZUMBROTA — Jazz trio The New Standards riff-off pop songs by Britney Spears, Adam Ant and Kurt Weill, allowing a little nuttiness into the show while staying serious about their musicianship. Crossings brings them to the State Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18. The New Standards aren't a cover band, but operate more on the model of jazz bands in the '50s and '60s that utilize popular songs to riff off of.
Government should do what individuals can't do for themselves, such as build roads and bridges, advance public health, protect natural resources, and defend and safeguard communities, states and the nation. In a free country, people choose who will coordinate these actions. Such an election in its purest form will take place Tuesday in townships across Minnesota. Eligible voters typically will elect one supervisor and a clerk or treasurer. The winners are empowered and entrusted to handle zoning, infrastructure and so on at the local level.