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Emily Blessinger and Jack Knudsen, both of Red Wing, were married July 9, 2016, at Christ Episcopal Church in Red Wing with Rev. Michael Schulenberg officiating. Emily is the daughter of Jim and Kathy Blessinger of Red Wing. Jack is the son Clark and Becca Knudsen, also of Red Wing. Maid of honor was Amanda Kelly of Red Wing. Best man was Bob Knudsen, brother of the groom, of Red Wing. Emily holds a master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota and is a fifth-grade teacher at Cowern Elementary in North St. Paul.
Donald Trump's people need to remind him that every minute of his campaign presentations were recorded. That makes it a "walk in the park" to replay and show him to be the liar that he is. What a buffoon. Richard W. Johnson Wacouta
Emma Mae Willette and Steven John Santee were married Oct. 15, 2016, at St. Casimir's Parish in Wells, Minn., with Rev. Andrew Vogel officiating. The bride is the daughter of John and Jill Willette of Wells. The groom is the son of Allen and Carmen Santee of Ankeny, Iowa. The maid of honor was Carolyn Schmitz of Minneapolis. Bridesmaids were Angie Mastin of Blue Earth, Minn.,; Vanessa Lebens of Superior, Wis.; Amanda Charlton of Ankeny, sister of the groom; and Janee Wise of New York City. The couple's niece, Piper Santee, was the flower girl.
Minnesota officers, deputies and troopers arrested 2,407 drivers for DWI during the busy holiday schedule Nov. 23-Dec. 30, 2016, compared to 2015's 2,502 arrests. More than 300 law enforcement agencies participated in the extra enforcement around the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. On New Year's Eve, a 40-year-old man was arrested for DWI after coming head-on toward a Jordan police officer's squad car. The driver had an 11-year-old boy in the car and reported a blood alcohol content of .25 at the time of the arrest.
Newborn Quinn Elizabeth Kittelson was welcomed and honored as being the first baby of 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. Kittelson was born at 4:39 p.m. Jan. 5, weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 21-inches long. Her parents are Carl and Liz kittleson of Lake City and she has two older brothers, Bennett (5) and Cullen (2).
On Sunday, Jan. 15, First United Methodist Church in Red Wing will hold the second in a series of four presentations on climate change. Former state Sen. Matt Schmit, Red Wing native and a small-business owner will be the presenter.
I would like to take a moment to thank Red Wing on behalf of the Red Wing Band Boosters, directors and students. Your support of the band program in our public schools is fantastic. We have another amazing year ahead of us and value each and every one of you. Our jazz lab will be performing Jan. 13, at the Minnesota School Board Association's Leadership Conference — a huge honor. Congratulations to all those representing Red Wing, including our school board members. #MyRedWing. Brenda Stewart Red Wing
Goodhue County commissioners nearly blundered in the opening 2017 meeting. Fortunately, they defeated an unexpected and unannounced bid to freeze property taxes for 2018. Had the motion passed 3-2 instead of failing 3-2, the county would have faced dismantling a multi-year (and overdue) infrastructure plan and cut at least $1 million in staffing. In addition, the county would have left no room to address emergencies. The existing budget already has what amounts to an empty contingency fund.
As a parent of a high school senior who was injured during a recent Red Wing boys' basketball game, I was as proud to be a part of the community as I was of my son at what became his final game of the season. The care, attention and concern shown toward Christian and our family from the time he was hurt on the court to learning that he would need surgery and nine months of recovery, abruptly ending his basketball season, reminded me of the fact that he has been cared for as well as shaped and molded by the Red Wing community.
The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors after about 37,000 fewer donations were given in November and December than expected. Hectic holiday schedules and severe winter weather contributed to the shortage, according to a news release.