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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to come together, fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Mental illness is a medical condition, but is often surrounded by stigma or stereotypes that prevent people from getting the help they need. One in five adults experiences a mental illness in any given year. Approximately half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14. Unfortunately, long delays — sometimes decades — often occur between the time symptoms first appear and when people get help.
Recently, a series of editorials attacking provisions in the Omnibus Legacy Funding Bill, the House Omnibus Tax Bill and other pending legislation, as anti-environment and anti-Legacy Amendment, have appeared in newspapers across the state. At least one media personality has blasted these provisions on radio. Unfortunately, none of these even acknowledged the concerns of those supporting the unduly maligned efforts intended to protect local government tax base and guard against substantial shifts in tax burdens to the remaining taxpayers.
Come explore the former grounds of the Lutheran Ladies Seminary with the Goodhue County Historical Society for this month's Walk into Local History. The event will feature a 60-minute presentation at the History Center to discuss the seminary, a center of music, culture and higher education in Red Wing until burning down in 1920. Following the presentation will be a 60-90-minute walking tour of the former grounds. The program is led by seminary expert Chaplain Todd Walsh.
Wyoming Machine is making a big difference in Stacy, Minn. The company recently brought home the National Association of Workforce Boards' business leadership award for their work developing the local workforce and economy. In Duluth, thanks to partnerships with local employers, 70 students are graduating Lake Superior College every year with the skills needed to fill high-wage, high-growth jobs around the region.
Some months ago, an unnamed higher-up from Duluth Trading Company noticed a vacancy in the heart of historic downtown Red Wing. Then, he had an idea. Why not bring one of Minnesota's most recognizable brands to one of the state's most historic cities?
American rock band Everclear will bring their 20th anniversary tour, "So Much for the Afterglow" to Treasure Island Resort & Casino on May 26. Vertical Horizon and Fastball will also be joining them for this leg of the tour.
Red Wing Downtown Main Street was named a quarterfinalist in the America's Main Streets contest sponsored by Stihl. The winning town will receive $25,000 in cash and related prizes to help revitalize its Main Street. Northfield and Shakopee join Red Wing in the 25 quarterfinalists. An online vote May 1-28 will determine the semifinalists. The winner will be announced June 5. Users can vote once per day here: http://www.mainstreetcontest.com/profile.php?id=114 According to the contest website:
LAKE CITY — Residents will dedicate the Lake City Heritage Tree Trail, Minnesota's first tree trail, at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 18. The celebration will begin with a gathering in Ohuta Park near the large cottonwood trees on the shore of Lake Pepin. The cottonwood, which is the first of 10 heritage trees on the trail, will be marked with a large yellow ribbon.
Goodhue County Historical Society will host the History Break presentation, "Race and Ethnicity at Rochester State Hospital" at noon Wednesday, May 17. Chris Stout from Minnesota State College Southeast will discuss the history behind the Rochester State Hospital from 1879-1982. When the Mayo Clinic Health System opened in 1889 with six patients, there were already over 1,000 patients being treated in Rochester at the state hospital.
The Goodhue County Horticultural Society will hold its annual plant sale 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, in the garden by the Depot at 418 Levee St., Red Wing. The sale will be held rain or shine and feature perennial plant divisions, annuals, vegetables and herbs grown by members. Have a garden question? Master Gardeners will be available to answer all your garden questions.