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All across Minnesota there is a need for more child care. This especially rings true in Lake City, Goodhue and Wabasha counties. To learn more about starting a child care business, stop by City Hall in Lake City, second floor, on Wednesday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m. Sara Stebbins with Families First will give an overview of the profession and requirements. Chris Reich, Goodhue County child care licensor. and April Carl, Wabasha County licensor, will be on hand to answer any questions.
North Risk Partners — C.O. Brown Division Insurance Agency in Red Wing is celebrating 100 years in business along with a refresh on its branding. Formerly doing business as C.O. Brown, a division of North Risk Partners, the agency has changed its name to lead with the North Risk Partners name, a move meant to unify its four divisions and 16 locations across Minnesota. Prior to joining C.O. Brown, the agency was known by the Red Wing community as Lawrence-Bohmbach Agency.
Lake City's annual Washington Street Arts Festival will be Sunday, May 28. A special treat this year will be live music performances by Lincoln High School student musicians. Educator and performer Eric Stashek is this year's music coordinator, collaborating with the musicians for a day of outstanding street music. Mitchel Medvec is this year's featured performer. Medvec will perform acoustic pop on voice and guitar 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. The performance program for the day is: • 9-10 a.m. Ellie Lindow • 10-11 a.m. Ari Carlson and Anna Walker
ZUMBROTA — On view at Crossings at Carnegie through June 17 is an exhibit of mysterious worlds and beautiful bowls combining the work of Duluth, Minn., painter Shawna Gilmore and St. Paul ceramist Ryan Ball. Gilmore received her bachelor's degree in studio art, with an emphasis in drawing and printmaking from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2000. Since then she has exhibited in Duluth, Minneapolis and Wisconsin. She says of her work, "My surrealistic paintings explore the edges of reality, where escapism is allowed and daydreams are set free."
A girl released pepper spray on a school bus, causing some students to cough excessively and complain of odor Tuesday, May 16, Red Wing Police Department said. Bus 84 was en route to Twin Bluff Middle School and Burnside Elementary School when several children had a reaction, Red Wing Superintendent Karsten Anderson said. The driver pulled over, got them off and called for a new bus.
When Gov. Mark Dayton heads out in the early hours of May 13 in hopes of hooking into a big fish, he'll be doing something only a few governors have done before: Marking the opening day of Minnesota's angling season by fishing on a river.
The people living in our community, and all across the state, expect the Legislature to get its work done in the time allotted; the Minnesota House and Senate intend to do that. Over the past two weeks, members of the House and Senate have been working together in conference committees to compromise on the discrepancies between each budget proposal. Unfortunately, initial discussions with the governor have not proved to be productive, so we are now in the process of sending each budget bill to the governor's desk.
My daughters and I participated in the firearm safety program that took place the last few weeks in Red Wing and learned so much. I strongly recommend this program, whether you are planning on hunting or just wanting to be more familiar with firearms. It was a lot of hours, but it was well worth it and never boring. All the instructors were very knowledgeable. I especially liked how much stress was put on the importance of ethics, doing the right thing even when no one is watching — words to live by no matter what we are doing.
The week of May 14 is National Police Week, with May 15 being National Peace Officer's Memorial Day.
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.