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To The Editor: Planned Parenthood supports common-sense health care that prevents unintended pregnancies and abortion. But one bill, the Taxpayer Protection Act, not only defies common sense, it will increase abortions. The act is being promoted as a way to end taxpayer funding for abortion. Unfortunately the bill's proponents haven't done their homework. Minnesota law already forbids state family planning funding from supporting abortion. It's time for the truth about the insidious goal behind this bill.
A cast of about 50 student performers, led by Andy Rauterkus as The King and Steph Goetz as Anna Leonowens, is in rehearsal for the Red Wing High School musical, "The King and I." The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. May 8, 8 p.m. May 9 and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 10 at the Sheldon Theatre. It is being directed by Sean Dowse, Sheldon director. Judy Berkeland is vocal director and Andrew Nelson is leading the orchestra. Berkeland and Nelson are school music teachers. "The King and I" is set in the 1860s, at a time the world is changing.
PECHACEK-OLSON Rose A. Pechacek and David W. Olson were married March 15, 2003, at St. Mary's Big River Church. The Rev. John Beckfelt officiated. She is the daughter of Peter and Sheila Pechacek of River Falls. He is the son of Gary Olson of Prescott and Barb Olson of Newport, Minn. Joey Burning of Wilson Wis., was maid of honor, and Lynn Burning of Wilson was best man. She graduated in 1997 from River Falls High School and works at Wonder Lube in River Falls. She is also a diesel generator mechanic with the 229th Engineer CSWE Co based in Prairie Du Chien, Wis.
ELLSWORTH -- The Pierce County Board is expected to vote to transfer more than $363,000 from the general fund to cover 2002 deficits in law enforcement. Of that amount, $306,000 will pay for an overrun for boarding prisoners in out-of-county jails. The item will be on the agenda when the board meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. "We asked for more, but they cut it back," said Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen of the 2002 budget. He asked for $320,000 to board prisoners, got $174,000 and spent $408,000.
RIVER TRAFFIC Wednesday: Cindy L.
NEW PRAGUE, Minn. Emily Rooney is already in mid-season form. And then some. Rooney threw a no-hitter to lead the Red Wing softball team in an 11-0 Missota Conference win over New Prague in five innings Thursday night. Rooney walked just one and struck out nine in five innings of work. "She was awesome," Coach Clair Austin said. "She walked the first batter, but then took over. It was a solid effort and she helped herself out at the plate, too. She really had her stuff working." Rooney also paced the Wingers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
To The Editor: Before his election as governor, Tim Pawlenty telegraphed his valuing of constitutional rights conflicting with his personal beliefs in his attempt to prevent the University of Minnesota's publication of Judith Levine's excellent text, Harmful to Minors. This effort was an assault on both freedoms of speech and press, as he, without reading the book, knew any book addressing children and sexuality had to be improper. His proposal to make war protesters pay for their arrests is another two-pronged assault on our rights.
Art History Club Art History Club will meet at 1 p.m. Monday. The location has been changed to the home of Joan Foot. Baby story time Baby story time for ages birth-18 months and their parents/caregivers will be at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Red Wing Public Library. Teens of library Teens of Our Library will meet at 7 p.m.
Elisabeth Lieder and Jennie Eckholt will compete Saturday in the Class AA speech meet at Centennial High School. Both advanced to the state meet by placing in the top three in their respective categories at the Region 1AA meet March 21 in Lakeville. Minn. Lieder, a junior, will present "David," by Earle Birney. This is her third year in poetry, and her first trip to state. She advanced by taking third at the region. Eckholt is a senior and a team captain. Her category is extemporaneous reading, and she is the Region 1AA champion. This is her first time in state competition.
To raise or not to raise taxes. That question will be debated in the Capitol hallways as legislators decide how to balance the state's budget. No matter what side of the fence they sit, lawmakers must deal with the question forthrightly. That means not skirting the issue, as in a plan advanced by Rep. Dan Dorman, R-Albert Lea, and Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatonna.