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ZUMBROTA — Layne Yost pays faithful tribute to the timeless, still-popular music of John Denver at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the State Theatre. Jon Shimoda plays bass to accompany Yost's pure vocals and guitar playing in this homage to the music and the man. They capture the simple soul of Denver's music. Woven within the music are stories that give insight into Denver's life and legacy.
The Red Wing Book Club will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Red Wing Public Library to discuss "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. The club welcomes anyone interested in hearing about books others have enjoyed. The group will meet in the Foot Room. Contact Judy Rausch at 651-388-5759 for more information. The Fluff Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. The selection is "Saint Anything" by Sarah Dessen. Meet in the Community Room.
Frontenac State Park Association will present the Candlelight Ski Party Saturday, Jan. 14, at the park. Everyone is invited to enjoy a 1-mile gently-rolling trail by boot, ski or snowshoe 6-8 p.m. Afterward, warm up by a wood fire with cocoa and snacks provided by the Frontenac State Park Association. Visitors also can join in games, puzzles and coloring in the shelter.
If sitting around and staring at a hole in the ice doesn't fit with your idea of fishing, take heart, there are open-water alternatives near Red Wing even in the coldest part of the year. As locals know, the Mississippi River doesn't freeze here because of Xcel Energy's nuclear and steam plants. But there's also winter trout fishing. The season opens Sunday, Jan. 1, and continues through Friday, April 7, on about 750 miles of trout water in southeastern Minnesota — including several in Goodhue County.
Both the Minnesota Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service will open income tax filing Monday, Jan. 23. The deadline to file taxes with both entities is Monday, April 18, three days later than the traditional deadline. State Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly said filing electronically and choosing direct deposit helps improve the accuracy and security of taxpayers' returns.
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Donald Trump winning the presidency is the biggest story of the year, according to national news organizations. Locally, Election Day results also top the list of stories. Residents will have a mix of newcomers and established voices representing them next year in board rooms, council chambers and at the Minnesota Capitol following the 2016 general election. Red Wing voters participated in three city elections in 2016: a special election in May, primaries in August and the general election in November.
As the sun beat down on Minnesota during the record-breaking 2016 heat, the future looked bright for solar energy in Red Wing. A 17 kilowatt system of rooftop solar panels installed at Sargent's Nursery in April was projected to cover 20 to 30 percent of the business's annual energy needs. Owner David Lewis expects to see a return on investment for the nearly $60,000 system within five years.
The Red Wing Fire Department responded to an early-morning structure fire Friday, Dec. 30 at at 325 Plum St. Firefighter/paramedics arrived at the scene within two minutes of receiving a call about a fire/water flow alarm and found smoke in the building. Firefighters forcible entered the apartments and found a small fire on the third floor, which had been extinguished by the sprinkler system prior to the department’s arrival.
Bird of the Month: Barred owls In Minnesota, we are known for our owls. We host a number of different species including great horned owls, short-eared owls, northern saw-whet owl and even the snowy owl. Of all the owls in Minnesota, perhaps the one with the most recognizable call is the barred owl. Birders often use mnemonics to remember bird calls, and a common refrain used for the barred owl is "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?"