A "mountain" of more than 40,000 pairs of eyeglasses, free vision testing and prize drawings for free glasses will be among highlights of "Spectacles" in the Park on Sunday, June 25. The Red Wing Lions Club is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International with the unveiling of a public sculpture of a giant pair of eyeglasses. The art work and related activities reflect the organization's commitment to vision and to service ever since Helen Keller asked Lions to be "Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness" back in 1925.
Julie Sirek, whose artwork reflects her concern for victims of domestic violence, returns Friday, April 14, to the Anderson Center with an eclectic assortment of textile creations. A reception for the exhibit, "Behind Closed Doors," will be at 7 p.m. at Tower View. It is free and open to everyone. Sirek worked on one of her larger projects when she was in residence here during August 2015. An installation titled "Till Death Do Us Part," the project consists of handmade prayer flags for all 1,437 victims of domestic homicide in the United States that year.
Love of family — and her hometown — brought Michelle Weisen back to Red Wing after decades spent in Florida and on the East Coast. Now, she says, "I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. It just suits me." Weisen, the daughter of Don and Mary Felmlee, grew up in Red Wing and spent her early years attending parochial school. She planned to attend Villa Maria Academy, but a fire sparked by lightning destroyed the main building. Instead, she went to Red Wing High School, where she made lifelong friends with others in the class of 1974.
Red Wing Lions Club is planning a "spectacular" event this summer to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International. With the help of local students and other supporters, the Lions are attempting to gather 100,000 pairs of used eyeglasses in conjunction with the unveiling of a new public sculpture in Colvill Park. A 10-by-10-by 4-foot pair of eyeglasses, the sculpture is aptly named "Spectacles." It was designed with help from local artist Dan Wiemer and is being fabricated at Neufeldt Industrial Services of Red Wing.
Volunteering has gotten Donna Dummer into all kinds of ... situations. For example, her willingness to help others resulted in the family taking in 10 foster children. It even got her elected mayor of Red Wing. But it's not all about her. Dummer was also responsible for getting countless other local residents signed up to do volunteer work, too.
LAKE CITY — Manda Hart Baldwin's growing cadre of fans on social media must be surprised to learn she is just an amateur when it comes to photography. "It's all still kind of new to me," she insists, though her photographs of Lake Pepin, the Aurora Borealis, weather conditions and trains are vivid evidence of her talents. Amtrak has used her photos on its social media, and awarded her second place in a photo contest.
Say her name — Ruth Raich — and people throughout the area react the same way. "Mmmmmmm," they say. "I love her Icelandic almond rolls ... Norwegian health bread ...cardamom rolls." Raich has been enticing Goodhue, Pierce and Pepin County folks with her specialty baked goods for going on 30 years — even before her name became synonymous with the tasty offerings.
When he left the farm, Todd Otteson didn't expect to find himself in a career that is every bit as demanding when it comes to work schedules. Just as farming requires a 365-days-a-year commitment, so does working as a funeral director. But Otteson, who has been with Mahn Family Funeral Home since late-1993, has no regrets. To him, working in the death care industry is rewarding — just as his college adviser promised.
Shakespeare it’s not. Or is it? The Improvised Shakespeare Company’s past performances of “Macdeath” and “As Your Mom Likes It” were filled with “thees” and “thous,” comedy and tragedy, rhyming...