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ST. PAUL — A newly introduced Minnesota House bill aims to cut student debt by offering tax incentives to families saving for college. All 50 states offer college savings plans, which allow families to accumulate savings tax-free until their children head to college. The bill would allow Minnesota taxpayers to deduct contributions to the Minnesota College Student Savings Plan from taxable income. Families with lower or moderate incomes could elect to take a tax credit instead of making deductions.
One of the top-rated bluegrass groups in the country, Balsam Range, will perform its unique brand of vocal and instrumental music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Sheldon Theatre. For their first concert in Red Wing, the five-member acoustic band promises an evening of "heartfelt delivery, pulsing instrumentals and tight harmonies (that) blend elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing and old-time music into a fresh Southern sound," Sheldon officials said.
Soaring high: Welcome, Victor Yu. The community looks forward to learning more about Quzhou, China, and the nation's rich heritage through you — in the classroom, during talks to civic organizations and in casual conversation. The Republican Eagle soon will share your story with readers so they can make the most of your stay here.
To best appreciate where you are, first, you need to leave. That's the consensus from the artist and teacher who participated in an exchange program with Quzhou, China — one of Red Wing's sister cities. The exchange participants recently attended a welcome potluck for Victor Yu, a visiting teacher from Quzhou who will be in Red Wing through May 7. For the Red Wing teachers and artists in attendance, it was an opportunity to reflect on their own experiences abroad.
About a decade ago, Tony Campolo, author, humorist, professor and sometime "progressive Evangelical Christian," published a book addressed to young evangelicals. In the entire book, there was one chapter on the controversies among Christians on inclusion of gay and lesbian persons. Campolo said then that wherever he went to speak, he spent 80 percent of his time addressing the questions people have about that single chapter.
Influenza is making the rounds, reaching "widespread" status in about nine states and U.S. territories, according to the Centers for Disease Control. If more people had been vaccinated, there's a chance more places including Minnesota and Wisconsin would be at "regional" infection status or below. The 2016-17 season vaccine was a fairly good match for viruses, the CDC reports. Overall, the vaccine is proving 48 percent effective — 43 percent for H3N2 strain but 73 percent for influenza B viruses.
To the editor: "I want to go up there and be the representative, be the public servant, be the voice for all the people of Senate District 21." Quite an honorable quote spoken by freshman Sen. Mike Goggin. He represents, as quoted, all of us in Minnesota's Senate District 21. But in less than a month at the Capitol, Goggin authors House File 899. Following his party's anti-worker pro-corporate agenda, the senator sponsors a piece of legislation designed to eliminate time-and-one-half pay provisions for temporary migrant agriculture workers.
The end of March will provide an optimal time for area photographers to start capturing the Mississippi River barges and towboats, which will be the theme for the 2017 Phil Revoir Award with the Red Wing Marine Museum. The commercial shipping season typically begins this month. Museum Director Mike Wilson organized the competition last year in honor of the late Phil Revoir, a photographer and photo collector known for his passion for Red Wing. Entries will be accepted in August. Photos are preferred to be dropped off at the museum in 8.5-by-10-inch matted copies.
Some kids have a mind for math and science. They love to build things and dream of being engineers. But where in a high school can a kid with a passion for engineering find his niche? Don Fricke is the adviser for Red Wing High School Robotics, an activity Lukas Montgomery describes as a sport of the mind.
United Airlines will begin service June 8 out the Rochester International Airport. The airline will operate three daily flights to and from its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. “This service will provide 150 new departing seats per day, which is a capacity increase of 35 percent for our community” said John Reed, Rochester International’s executive director.