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A tribute to former Cannon Falls Police Chief Ordean "Ole" Hallanger will be held at noon, Feb. 8, at the Shepherd's Center, 120 State St. W., in Cannon Falls for the monthly meeting of TRIAD — Citizens and Law Enforcement Partnership. Hallanger, who served on the force for 24 years, died Nov. 22, 2016. The program will include a panel featuring Mitch Althoff, Jim Hjermstad, Ron Freeberg and Pete Frettem. Space will be limited. A video about Hallanger also is showing on Cannon Falls Cable Channel 12 and YouTube titled "Our Story: Ole Hallanger."
Award-winning director Sam Pollard and screenwriter/producer Benjamin Hedin will be in Red Wing in March to participate in activities surrounding the Minnesota premier of their film, "Two Trains Runnin.'" The Anderson Center, the Sheldon Theatre and the Flyway Film Festival are collaborating to present the documentary, which takes place in Mississippi during the 1964 civil rights project that has come to be known as Freedom Summer.
ZUMBROTA — Charlie Parr's heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don't strive for authenticity: They are authentic. Crossings brings Parr to the State Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 10. It's the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up without a TV but with his dad's recordings of America's musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton
ZUMBROTA — A high-energy quintet whose lead vocalist has been likened to Adele, Bessie Smith, Etta James and Amy Winehouse, Davina & the Vagabonds bring their fresh-but-retro sound to the State Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 4. The show is sponsored by Crossings.
The latest protests are reminiscent of the 1960s, except for the glaring fact that the '60s protests were all about being anti-establishment and anti-war. The young and idealistic protesters that populated the street marches and demonstrations are no longer with us. Via the opportunities and benefits of a college/university education no longer affordable to many Americans, those restless idealists have morphed into extremely well-coiffed models of upper middle-class success.
Never has public education been more important. From the beginning of our nation, especially through the insistence of Thomas Jefferson, we have valued an educated citizenry as essential to a democracy. When the voters do not value knowledge or carefully seek understanding, a democracy can be easily misguided by devious leaders. Not all education takes place in our schools. After graduation, all citizens become responsible for continuing their education through reading and discussion. This, I emphasize, is a responsibility laid on each and every citizen.
At the Jan. 23 city council meeting, several citizens expressed concerns regarding the proposed ash processing facility and the Xcel Waste-to-Energy trash burning facility. During the council workshop last weekend, Pubic Works Director Rick Moskwa provided the city's response: • Current emissions from the Waste-to-Energy facility are below standards set by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The current facility emits significantly fewer emissions than the coal plant it replaced.
There are many different ways that plant, insect, and disease pests can enter Minnesota. The particular method of introduction for a pest is called a pathway. This month, as folks go to the florist to get Valentine's Day arrangements, it is an appropriate time to explore the cut-flower industry. This is a potential pathway for noxious weed introduction. Most people would not think of a floral arrangement as being a possible source of a new weed infestation, but this can and does occur.
Short delays may occur as crews remove trees in areas that are part of the construction zone for the project to replace the Highway 63 Eisenhower Bridge. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the work is expected to begin Feb. 2-3, weather permitting, and should take less than one week to complete. Traffic restrictions are expected to include lane closures on Highway 61 and flagging operations on Highway 63 near Potter and Plum streets in Red Wing.
A $1.1 million renovation of Mayo Clinic Health System's emergency department in Lake City will improve patient experience as well as patient and staff safety, according to a news release. Construction will begin this summer. "Our remodeled ED will improve our capacity to care for more patients.