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The Motor Vessel Michael Poindexter, pushing 12 barges en route to St. Paul, locked through Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings around 1:30 p.m. April 11, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District. The Corps considers the first tow to arrive at Lock and Dam 2 as the unofficial start of the navigation season, because it means all of its locks are accessible to commercial and recreational vessels.
Snow arrived as forecast late Monday, April 2, 2018, continuing to fall at steady "100 percent" rate today. The National Weather Service expects accumulations of 6 to 9 inches across the region. The rate likely will be heavy at times this afternoon—perhaps an inch an hour. Schools closed Tuesday included: Minnesota Cannon Falls Farmington Goodhue Hastings Kenyon-Wanamingo Randolph Red Wing Rosemount Zumbrota-Mazeppa Wisconsin Durand-Arkansaw Ellsworth Elmwood Hudson
Red Wing resident and Lake City Lumber owner Spencer R. Kuehl, charged in late January with felony attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child and felony child enticement, has a new attorney and a new court date after Thursday's plea hearing in Eau Claire County Court was rescheduled to a status conference Friday, April 13 at 4 p.m. Also at Thursday's hearing, attorney Richard Gorman filed for withdrawal, which was granted, and Douglas Hazelton stepped in as Kuehl's counsel.
Red Wing Arts is celebrating young talent and creativity now through April 8. Student artwork from four Red Wing schools went on display March 3. An annual tradition since 1993, this year features artworks in colored pencil, ceramics and graphite among other mediums.
The Red Wing Chapter of Audubon will have a special program featuring the International Owl Center 7 p.m. March 20. The program is "Owl Detectives" and will aid birders young and old in identifying owls by size, shape, silhouette and sound. A live owl accompanies the presenters as the audience gains information on owl identification. The meeting will be held at the Red Wing Conservation Clubhouse, formerly known as the Izaak Walton Club. There is no fee to attend.
In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross asks blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.
ZUMBROTA—The Zumbrota Area Arts Council is bringing art to the main street of Zumbrota. The work of up to 24 artists will be used on street banners, brochures, the ZAAC website, displayed in store fronts and on social media. Each art piece will be printed on a banner 48 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Banners will hang in Zumbrota from June to October 2018. The original artwork and the banners themselves will be sold at the closing gala celebration. All the proceeds from this sale will go to ZAAC State Theatre Restoration Fund.
Jessie Diggins of Afton will lead the U.S. Olympic Team Sunday during the closing ceremony of the winter games in PyeongChang, becoming the first cross-country skier from Team USA to bear the flag in the closing ceremony. The 26-year-old was chosen as flag bearer by a vote of fellow Team USA members, according to a news release Friday .
Out of the 34 compliance checks conducted in 2017, 28 clerks or retailers — 83 percent — upheld the law and refused the sale of tobacco to Pierce County underage youth, according to the Pierce County Health Department. Two of these retailers, BP Amoco in Prescott and Dollar General in River Falls, were randomly selected to receive special recognition this year. The health department wishes to thank and congratulate all tobacco retailers that did not sell tobacco products to minors.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will begin taking this year’s annual Lake Pepin ice measurements Feb. 21. The Corps takes ice measurements on Lake Pepin annually to forecast the navigational outlook on the Upper Mississippi River.