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They are sons and daughters, husbands and wives. But so, too, they are soldiers. And in Ellsworth on Thursday, about 130 men and women attached to the U.S. Army Reserve 652nd Engineer Co. said tearful goodbyes to family and friends. Their destination: Fort McCoy, Wis. Where they will go from there and how long they will be gone is unclear. There can be little doubt, though, after the send-off, that the men and women of the 652nd will be in the thoughts and prayers of many until their safe return. Dale Nelson, Ellsworth, was on hand to show his support.
Jeffrey Hinds, the son of former Red Wing residents, is an Airborne ranger serving in Vicenza, Italy. Marine Pvt. Katherine R. Larson of Red Wing is stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Navy Lt. James F. Rankin, Red Wing, has transferred with his family to Europe for a three-year tour of duty. They and others were featured in Wednesday's edition in a section about our men and women in the armed forces.
After years of preparation, the meet is finally here. The Section 1A gymnastics meet will be Friday at the Red Wing High School gym.
ELLSWORTH -- Leaving your family and friends, jobs and schools isn't easy, but the leaders of the U.S. Army Reserve's 652nd Engineer Co., headquartered in Ellsworth, are confident that the men and women are prepared to serve. The unit, which is at full strength with 183 members, got word to mobilize about a week ago, and was ordered Monday to report to Fort McCoy near Sparta, Wis. The reservists left this morning. "It's a tough thing to go through," said 1st Sgt. Mike Barnhart Wednesday, as members of the unit were packing.
Today Gamblers Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Assembly of God Church. Goodhue Family Tree Club, 7 p.m., Jordan Tower I. Bay City Seniors, 7 p.m., Village Hall. Emotions Anonymous, 7 p.m., Red Wing Health Center. Pierce County Democrats, 7:30 p.m., Courthouse Annex. Bearing Burners, 7:30 p.m., Steve Freij's home. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., AA clubroom above Elks Club. Friday Goodhue Pioneer Clu, noon, Goodhue Community Center. Pierce County Local Emergency Planning Committee, 1 p.m., River Falls Ambulance Hall. Woman'
AMBULANCE RUNS Tuesday: Clarence Glander from 1530 Bush St. to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center, 10:54 a.m.; Margaret Moore from Highway 61 one mile west of County Road 7, 1:17 p.m.; Oliver Anderson from 701 Fairview Blvd. to St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, 2:23 p.m.; Gary Swanson from 1407 W. Fourth St. to hospital, 3:46 p.m.; Art Weiss from 1412 W. Fourth St. to Veterans Administration Hospital, Minneapolis, 4:28 p.m.; Judy Stein from 135 Cannon River Avenue to hospital, 6:59 p.m.; Harold Passe from 213 Pioneer Road to St.
The Red Wing boys basketball team headed into the final minute of the first quarter without a point, and things were looking sour for Coach Kraig Ulveling and the Wingers. After winning seven straight, the Wingers appeared to be in for a huge letdown Thursday night against preseason Missota Conference favorite Shakopee. But a lot of game was left. Momentum shifted several times. Both teams hit big shots. And both teams went on significant runs. But Red Wing hit the last big shot and came away with a 43-41 victory. "That was a fun win," junior Pat Herzog said.
Dawnbreakers Kiwanis Dawnbreakers Kiwanis will meet at 6:45 a.m. Thursday at the St. James Hotel. Bruce Klair will speak about the Kiwanis organization past, present and future. Bay City Seniors Bay City Seniors will have a card party for all ages at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bay City Village Hall. Lunch will follow cards. Social Singles Social Singles will meet at 6:30 a.m. Friday at Wiederholt's. On Saturday they will watch the Irish Minstrels play from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Blue Moon.
At Lake City Hospital: Feb. 9, 2003 Jeremy Thanh Nguyen was born Sunday to Hoa Cao and Lai Nguyen of Lake City.
Goodhue County Jeffrey Hill, Red Wing, and Jean Hill, Red Wing; joint legal custody, sole physical custody of two children to mother. Bruce Gappa, Cannon Falls, and Heather Gappa, Springfield, Va. Mahmoud Qassem, Ramsey, Minn., and Katie Hopfauf Qassem, Red Wing. Rueben Scheffler, Zumbrota, and Debra Scheffler, Zumbrota. Devin Feuerhelm, Bay City, and Christina Feuerhelm, Northfield, Minn. Randy Jablonski, Red Wing, and Patricia Withington, Luck, Wis. Dwane Sympson, Red Wing, and Lorie Sympson, Red Wing. Christopher Kosnopfal and Carrie K