WITH PHOTO OF TOWER coming later Friday CUTLINE: Structural problems have put the walkway that encircles the Anderson Center tower off-limits for Saturday's book fair, but the "tea room" at the top will be open for storytelling. Samantha Bengs / RiverTown Multimedia The "tea room" at the top of the Anderson Center's iconic tower will be open for the Minnesota Children's Book Festival Saturday, Sept. 16, but no one will be allowed out on the walkway that encircles the historic structure.
A month in Salzburg, Austria, as an Anderson Center exchange artist gave Michael Hoyt the opportunity to explore a subject that has eluded him for years: himself. Hoyt and his wife, Sarah Mickelson, both were transracially adopted. His Asian heritage and much of his wife's Korean heritage were not emphasized when they became part of Minnesota caucasian families.
She thought it was normal for a boyfriend to be protective, and a bit jealous. It showed he cared. At first, the Cannon Falls High School senior didn't mind that he seemed to be making all the decisions. "It was my first relationship, so I didn't know what the boundaries were," said Micah Jeppesen, a Cannon Falls native who was 18 at the time. "I didn't know what to expect." Gradually he started getting critical of her. He told Jeppesen that no one else would want to be with her, and that she didn't really deserve him. If anything went wrong, it was her fault.
Writing stories about your own family isn't as easy as you'd think. The problem, Tim Bascom said, is that he keeps running into what the educator in him calls "a sensitive relational dynamic." Both of his published memoirs have raised issues with family members, explained Bascom, who is director of creative writing at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. He is in residence during July at the Anderson Center.
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.