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Their districts will likely see no additional state aid in the next year or two, but some local school superintendents expressed relief that K-12 education didn't fare worse as Gov. Tim Pawlenty tries to close a $4.5 billion shortfall for 2004-05. Red Wing Supt. Kelly Smith wasn't particularly surprised, or disappointed, by Pawlenty's proposal. Smith said he wasn't expecting any increases in state aid In light of the sizable deficit. "We were expecting zero," Smith said.
Today 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. and 8 p.m., AA clubroom above Elks Club. Concert and program about Norway, 2 p.m., United Lutheran Church. "The Flattering Word" and "A Piece of My Heart," 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sheldon Theatre. Sunday Eagle Spot, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Colvill Park, St.
ELLSWORTH -- In boys basketball, Ellsworth and Prescott have quite the rivalry. Never was that more evident than Thursday night. The Panthers didn't exactly welcome the Cardinals to their gym. But the Cardinals weren't about to let fired-up Ellsworth fans ruin their night. Prescott escaped with a 47-36 win in the Middle Border Conference, despite what Coach Jay Bartsch called a poor rebounding performance. The game was rough from the opening tip, and neither team got relief from the officials.
BOYS BASKETBALL Pine Island 58, Cannon Falls 48 Lake City 38, Kenyon-Wanamingo 28 Zumbrota-Mazeppa 79, Triton 39 Prescott 47, Ellsworth 36 GIRLS BASKETBALL Mondovi 46, Plum City 36 Colfax 56, Pepin 42 BOYS HOCKEY Henry Sibley 3, Red Wing 1
It isn't clear yet what impact Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal will have on corrections and law enforcement in Goodhue County. For the moment, it likely will have minimal effect on the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing, Supt. Otis Zanders said. Layoffs are not feasible, he said, because the facility already is operating at minimum levels. So lean is the organization that some corrections officers have had difficulty scheduling vacations. It seems far more likely that layoffs will come from the corrections' central offices or community services.
Thursday: Blanche Bengtson from 434 W. Fourth St. to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center, 8:43 a.m.; Vanessa Boser from 140 N. Tyler Road to hospital, 12:50 p.m.; Jacob Womeldorf from 1669 Southwood Road to hospital, 2:36 p.m.; Frank Baxter from Highway 61 to hospital, 3:22 p.m.; Marina Nitz from hospital to St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, 10:18 p.m.
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.