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The dizzying pace of the high school version of March Madness came to a close this weekend with the boys state basketball tournament. Congratulations to Zumbrota-Mazeppa for the Cougars' third-place finish in Class AA and to Red Wing for the Wingers' fourth-place finish in Class AAA. Their participation completed another fine showing by area teams. The star shines brightest on state meet competitors. Wrestlers had an especially strong showing as five schools were represented -- Cannon Falls, Ellsworth, Goodhue, Lake City and Zumbrota-Mazeppa.
Testing the knowledge of competitors is what Knowledge Bowl in all about. Sam Brown commented, "It comes right down to the amazing intellectual competition." Brandon Simonson and Brown are the captains of the Red Wing High School Knowledge Bowl team. Mr. Tim Bowes is the coach. Bowes stated, "It's a worthy academic activity for team test taking." Competing against others' overall knowledge is not an easy task; therefore KB (Knowledge Bowl) meets are run in an interesting way. There are two different kinds of meets, round robin and conference meets.
At Fairview Red Wing: March 12, 2003 Victoria Ashlee was born Wednesday to Laura and Chip Leitner of Red Wing. March 16, 2003 Aiden Thomas was born Sunday to Cheryl and Tim Borgen of Red Wing. March 17, 2003 Caleb William was born Monday to Shelly and Christopher Boelter of Hager City.
Editor's note: Following are answers to questions raised in People's Platform and researched by R-E staff writers. The R-E offers this service, as questions warrant. * * * Comment: How much does it cost the city for parking monitoring including the time the public safety director spends on parking? Does the public realize they are planning to raise overtime parking rates? Is this cost effective with all the budget cuts? People will be afraid to park downtown for fear of parking fines. In 2002, monitoring cost $8,600.
Today Hot Reads for Cold Nights presents Cannon Falls mystery writer Natalie Buske Thomas, 10 a.m., Red Wing Public Library. Missoula Children's Theatre's "Jack and the Beanstalk," 3 p.m.
What's it worth? Appraisers from a local antique store spent a couple of hours on a recent afternoon advising Red Wing Area Seniors about their family treasures. Gene and Judy Fritzinger also reminded them that there's more than one kind of value. Some of the items might sell for very little at an antique store, but that doesn't diminish their value as keepsakes or conversation pieces. The Fritzingers, owners of Antiques of Red Wing on Main Street, had a full house in the Elderberry Cafe at the Fairview Red Wing Professional and Community Center.
Jazz group Con Brio to perform ZUMBROTA -- Con Brio, a jazz fusion group, will perform at 8 p.m. today at Crossings at Carnegie. "Con Brio" translates to "With Fire." The ensemble performs original material that blends cool and modern jazz-rock with infectious Latin rhythms. The band consists of five regional musicians under the leadership of guitarist Pete Kavula. Tickets, which are $5, will be available at the door or by calling (507) 732-7616. The concert follows a 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
AMBULANCE RUNS Thursday: Tonja Johnson from Twin Bluff Middle School to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center, 7:53 a.m.; James McCabe from hospital to Red Wing Health Center, 8:53 a.m.; Martin Fairbanks from 703 W. Fifth St. to hospital, 2:37 p.m. FIRE CALLS Red Wing firefighters and Xcel Energy responded to the area of West Fifth Street and West Avenue last night after a pedestrian reported smelling natural gas. Police and firefighters were notified at about 10 p.m.
Students in Shelley Orr's German classes at Red Wing High School have been looking forward to a trip to Germany since last year. Those plans are in limbo today with parents, students and teachers contemplating safety issues with the outbreak of war against Iraq. Options to proceed, postpone or cancel the trip all are being weighed as Orr is keeping in contact with her students and their parents, listening to opinions and passing along the latest information. "We're leaving those decisions up to the parents and the group that organized the trip," Supt. Kelly Smith said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- For three quarters Thursday night, the Red Wing boys basketball team outscored three-time defending state champion Minneapolis Patrick Henry. It's unfortunate, but one bad quarter was all it took. For the second straight season, the Patriots eliminated the Wingers from the state basketball tournament -- this time holding on for a 59-54 victory at Target Center. Red Wing will play Como Park in the third-place game at 4:30 p.m.