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Goodhue County Historical Society will host a special workshop 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, focused on Ancestry.com and starting genealogy projects. Co-sponsored by Red Wing Community Education, the workshop will be led by Goodhue County Historical Society Executive Director Dustin Heckman and Archives & Library Manager Afton Esson. Cost is $15. Enroll through Red Wing Community Education at rwps.org.
Since the first day of the 2016-17 school year, students have been encouraged to find their "spark." Ultimately, the goal was for students to discover what they are passionate about and how they can use these passions to help the community. The array of activities available for students in the Red Wing community is helping students develop and apply these sparks. These activities are outstanding outlets for developing skills in leadership, relationships and so much more.
The Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Choir consists of a select group of students from across the state. These students submit an audition tape and are selected from a sea of applicants. After careful consideration, only a small fraction are accepted. Emma Cory and Ashley Knowlton, seniors at Red Wing High School, were chosen to participate in the 2016-2017 All-State Choir. Selection to any MMEA All-State Ensemble, whether it be band, choir, jazz band or orchestra, is the highest award a Minnesota music student can achieve.
The omnibus elections bill before the Minnesota Senate includes a number of important provisions to strengthen the integrity of the voting process. Election law must balance the interest in making the vote accessible to all eligible voters versus guaranteeing only eligible voters vote. Minnesota law errs far too heavily on making the vote accessible.
Preparations are underway for St. John's all-school play, "It's a Small World." Students will perform shows at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, at the Sheldon Theatre. Michelle Engel, a school parent, is directing. Arranged by Ruth Artman and John Jacobson, "It's a Small World" tells the story of a large group of students and a travel agent who want to go on a class trip but can't decide where to go. The travel agent and international experts are willing and eager to help this class out.
In recent actions permitting a feedlot for 4,700 hogs near Zumbrota, Goodhue County government failed to recognize that the side effects of the planned facility are more akin to those of a heavy industrial use than to those of an agricultural use. County staff and officials did a disservice not only to the neighbors stuck living near the facility and to the animals confined therein, but also to citizens of the county as a whole.
The flexible spending account grace period ends March 15, which means time is running out for the country's 35 million FSA holders to avoid losing any funds still sitting in their accounts. For many, that means rushing to the store to stock up on sunscreen or reading glasses, but making the most of your FSA dollars doesn't have to be that complicated. Here are a few tips to make your life easier as the deadline looms.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture will hold a community meeting Tuesday, March 21, on the topic of emerald ash borer, a tree-killing insect discovered late last month in a tree on Barn Bluff. The meeting will be 6-8 p.m. in the Foot Room of the Red Wing Public Library, 225 East Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to assist the community in becoming familiar with early emerald ash borer detection. A quorum of Red Wing City Council members may be present. For more information on emerald ash borer, visit www.mda.state.mn.us/emeraldashborer .
Donald Trump's speech must be considered a success after he made it through a two-hour speech without grabbing some woman. He deserves the encouragement. Richard Johnson Red Wing
The latest information on meth labs in Minnesota will be presented 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Shepherd's Center, 120 State St. W., in Cannon Falls for the monthly meeting of TRIAD — Citizens and Law Enforcement Partnership. Larry Souther, data manager for the Minnesota Department of Health, Site Assessment and Consultation Unit, will speak.