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Today Susan Pascal on vibraphone, 7:30 p.m., Lauren Pelon Musique Museum and Theatre. John Gorka, 7:30 p.m., Music Loft at Hobgoblin Music. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., AA clubroom above Elks Club. Saturday Grumpy Old Men Festival, 10 a.m., Wabasha. Tax assistance, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Red Wing Public Library. Michael Norman on "Exploring Haunted America," 10 a.m., Red Wing Public Library. Alcoholics Anonymous, 10:30 a.m.
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Red Wing's Liz Ericson took home a second-place finish in the women's one-mile run Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Classic. Ericson, who runs for Wartburg College, finished in 5:15.16. The team took second with 163 points. It was the team's final regular-season meet of the indoor schedule. The IIAC championships are Feb. 28-March 1. The outdoor schedule begins March 22 with a trip to Florida. Also in the UW-Whitewater Classic, Ellsworth's Jake Hines placed third in the men's weight throw.
Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, fielded questions Wednesday night from 50 or so people at the Red Wing Public Library. Though the meeting came one day after Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty released his budget aimed at eliminating a $4.5 million shortfall for 2004-05 without raising taxes, Murphy responded to just as many questions about the future of the Prairie Island nuclear plant and related issues.
CORRECTION Eating disorders "Message of Hope," a presentation on eating disorders, will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday not Tuesday at the Indigo Room in Red Wing. Incorrect information was published Wednesday. We're sorry for the error. BRIEFS Sons of Norway Terje Solheim from Norway, a member of the International Board of Sons of Norway, and his son, Tore Andreas, will present a concert and program about Norway at 2 p.m. Saturday at United Lutheran Church.
Tuesday: Helen Goulet from Seminary Home to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center, 9:04 a.m., and return, 9:45 a.m.; David Veghahn from Welch Village Ski Area to hospital, 3:14 p.m.; Sean Nutter from hospital to St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, 6:19 p.m.; Janelle Neal from hospital to St. Marys, 8:21 p.m.; Agnes Munsen from Seminary Home to hospital, 8:35 p.m. Wednesday: Jamie Daniels from Treasure Island to hospital, 3:10 a.m.; Scott Phernetton from 1717 Wakonade Drive to hospital, 12:40 p.m.; Elda Dressen from 31602 Highway 58 Blvd. to hospital, 1:49 p.m.; Susan Aspen from 521 Maple St.
To The Editor: I found refreshing listening to a radio interview Monday morning with County Commissioner Roseanne Grosso who recognized that all government money comes from the same pockets. Federal, state, county and city all depend on the same taxpayer. She spoke of considering how the county could make cuts and where efforts could be combined with other government bodies to cut costs. She was apprehensive over the severity of cuts to comply with budget restrictions, and wondered if indeed they could be met. But, there was not the pointing of fingers, blaming etc.
When it's properly executed, the motion offense is a beautiful thing to watch. Right now, the Red Wing boys basketball team looks like it invented the motion offense. Tuesday night Red Wing inched closer to its first Missota Conference title since 1999, downing Hutchinson 61-49. It was Red Wing's 10th straight win. The Wingers improved to 17-5 overall and 10-1 in the conference. The Wingers played without senior co-captain Marcus Schmit, who is suffering from strep throat.
Goodhue County commissioners had not yet heard specifics of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's 2004-05 budget, but County Administrator David Hamilton told them Tuesday that staff is preparing to deal with the cuts. Hamilton attended a meeting of the Association of Minnesota Counties that dealt with the anticipated cuts in state aid.
Class of 1953 Central High School Class of 1953 planning committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Perkins Restaurant. Loaves and Fishes Loaves and Fishes meal will be served at 5 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church. Hiawatha Valley Baptist Church will serve the free, public meal. Social Singles Social Singles will travel to Oak Center Friday to hear the Granary Girls who begin playing at 8 p.m. For information, call 388-1669. On Saturday they will travel to the Badlands for tubing.