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To the Editor: Red Wing School District's Community Education and Recreation office, with the support of the high school, is proud to announce our Community Service Letter Program. This is for Red Wing High School students in grades 8-12. An important life-lesson is learning to give back. High school is a perfect age to foster this characteristic.
To the Editor: On Sept. 2, the U.S. Department of Labor released its monthly unemployment report, with figures reflecting an economy still struggling to create the jobs necessary to put our nation back on the path to prosperity. In August, the national unemployment rate remained a disappointing 9.1 percent. To provide direct assistance to Minnesotans who are among the 14 million Americans looking for work, Congressman John Kline is hosting a career and jobs fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday Sept. 19 at the Eagan Community Center.
To the Editor: In the summer of 2009, we packed the Sheldon Theater for the premier of "Entre Act," a delightful and touching film starring friends and neighbors. Once again, you can help fill the seats at our theater -- this time for the presentation of a very special documentary film starring some of your friends and neighbors! We hope you'll be at the Sheldon Theater on Saturday Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.
This summer has seen one natural disaster after another, the Texas wild fires, the East Coast earthquake, and now the hurricane on the Atlantic coast, to name a few. Governors of a half dozen of those states affected are readying their pleas for federal disaster aid. No one would deny the necessity and worthiness of those funds to help people and communities regain their vitality. However, many of those same governors are on record vigorously denying the federal government's role in aiding the states.
I was saddened by the editorial in the Republican Eagle Aug. 27-28 titled "Red Cross loss is sign of times." I believe my last letter from the Red Cross was in January 2011 indicating an urgent need for financial support. At that time I was able to send them a check. I was surprised that the editorial-obituary did not provide more information about the deceased. Apparently there is no planned funeral. I realize that the Red Cross International is like a mother who has many children.
At the commissioners' meeting Sept.
I've always loved Red Wing, but never more than on Thursday Aug. 18. I live in Prescott, but I like to drive to Red Wing sometimes to begin a biking expedition. My wife suspects its because I like to buy eclairs at the bakery. Well heck yes! Not to mention the flowers baskets and pretty parks, houses and yards on my way from Bay Point Park out past the end of town. That day I was perhaps enjoying the scenery too much, having passed the inviting entrance to Memorial Park on East 7th, and continuing past the turnoff to Barn Bluff.
Saturday Sept. 10 will offer you an opportunity to enrich your lives at the 11th annual Diversity Festival in Central Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our lives become busy and we don't often take the time to know a person who comes from a culture different from our own.
The Goodhue County Fair for 2011 is over, this, the 150th county fair. What a history can be told from the past 150 years. There were a number of things at this year's fair presented that were remembrances of the past - plus many and varied new activities, the Sunday music program, Ranch Rodeo and a parade, plus the old standbys of demos and tractors. The tribute to the troops was very well done also. The new and larger midway was very well received and is coming back next year. Great!
To paraphrase earlier prospectors, "There's silica in them thar hills." The search for wealth is as American as paying income taxes, and is responsible for much of our country's prosperity and lifestyle. It doesn't necessarily equate with greed and shouldn't be viewed as a bad thing. As world citizens, and more specifically, residents of this river valley, however, we have a serious responsibility to protect those things that we cherish and that make our area the special place it is.