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Minnesota has long been a leader in protecting public health — and we have the opportunity to take another bold step now that would positively impact thousands of young lives. Raising the sale age for tobacco to 21 would prevent 30,000 Minnesota kids from becoming smokers over the next 15 years, according to new research published in the latest edition of Minnesota Medicine. That's 30,000 of today's kids protected from addiction, disease and premature death. Let that sink in for a moment.
First Presbyterian calls co-pastors
Four local teachers are among 132 people being considered for the 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. They are Heidi Haugen and Laura McAnally of Kenyon-Wanamingo School District and Neil Lahammer and Sheena Tisland of Red Wing Public Schools. Former Red Wing resident Sarah Swan McDonald of Northfield School District also is a nominee. This year's program will name the 53rd honoree, celebrating the tradition of excellence in teaching in Minnesota. Candidates include pre-K through 12th grade and Adult Basic Education teachers from public or private schools.
Soaring high: Red Wing City Council wasted no time accepting Mayor Sean Dowse's first round of appointments to committees, boards and commissions. What's especially telling is that they weren't slap-dash appointments to fill some of the numerous vacancies, but quality selections of eight individuals willing and able to do the work. And there is more work to do. The Charter Commission in particular is short of members and Sister Cities, despite four people stepping forward, could use more help.
Wisconsin birders identified and reported more birds through eBird, an internationally popular online bird observation website, than birders from most other states and nations in 2016, according to the state's Department of Natural Resources. In 2016, eBird gathered 1,406,422 observations in Wisconsin from 4,111 birders who submitted 110,807 checklists. The Wisconsin eBird site contains photos, interactive maps and write-ups sharing the highlights from the year.
If you go... Who: Tom Papa What: Comedy show When: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 4 Where: Sheldon Theatre How much: $18 to $35 More info: 651-388-8700 or www.sheldontheatre.org Why would a top-rated comedian who lives in New York and Los Angeles consider Minnesota one of the best places to do stand-up comedy? "Good people, smart people and bad weather — it's the perfect combination for comedy," explained Tom Papa, who performs at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 4, at the Sheldon Theatre.
A fatal accident was reported in Welch on the intersection of Highway 61 and Minnesota Highway 316. The van and SUV were involved in temporarily shutting down Highway 61 around 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Lanes reopened shortly after. This story is being updated.
While the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey circus performs for the last time this year, the circus made an indelible mark on Red Wing in the early 20th century. There were at least three instances — in 1888, 1910 and 1915 — of the Ringling Brothers making a noisy and colorful entrance into Red Wing. During this time, the Ringling Brothers troupe members made their winter home at Baraboo, Wis., where the Circus World Museum continues to operate today.
Red Wing police are investigating a drive-by shooting reported at 10:54 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Officers responded to 155 Burnside Ave. N. for a report of shots being fired at the residence, according to the news release. Witnesses reported seeing a vehicle drive past the residence with rounds being fired at the home. No one was injured, authorities said. Goodhue County Sheriff's Office assisted the Red Wing Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Red Wing Police Department at 651-385-3155.
According to the latest report from the Altarum Institute, "moderate 2016 health-spending growth continues a slow downward trend." Unfortunately, this doesn't fit the narrative of those who want to talk about runaway trains — especially for pharmaceuticals. Here are the numbers: • Hospital spending represents 32 percent of American health care spending • 20 percent goes to physician and clinical services • 15 percent goes to "other health spending" • 10 percent is for prescription drugs