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Former educator and Red Wing Arts Association Executive Director Dan Guida, known for his active involvement throughout the community, died Wednesday at the age of 71. RWAA Board Chair Chap Achen said in an emailed statement that without question, Guida's legacy has touched the lives of countless individuals in Red Wing and beyond. "His dedication and passion for the arts, along with his compassion and unrelenting service to the community of Red Wing will be deeply missed," Achen said. "Dan was a friend to all and an advocate for many."
Beneath the historic Sheldon Theatre stage, stacks of pizza boxes drew a crowd in the artists' green room Thursday evening. Over a quick slice and introductory conversations, a community choir formed under the direction of New York City-based performance artist Daniel Alexander Jones, and was ready to rehearse for a two-night performance of Jones' concert "Radiate." The freshly hatched choir of just over a dozen voices ranged from Phoenix Theatre regular Chelsea Indrehus to Tower View student Greg Becker — for whom it was the first time setting foot inside the storied theater.
Entering the second half of the school year calendar, Red Wing High School math teacher and SparkZ participant Tammy Mikkelson said she saw benefits from the summer program carry into the classroom. Mikkelson gave example of one student who attended Sparkz and was new to the high school this year as a ninth-grader. "He enjoyed the SparkZ program and said it was fun," Mikkelson said. "He also stated that it was much easier starting the school year as he knew more students and teachers." Mikkelson said more students echoed this student's thoughts.
Auditions for the Phoenix Theatre's production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sheldon Theatre. Prepare a one minute monologue for the audition. The cast is two men and four women, directed by Julie Martin. Performance dates of the show are March 23-26.
Newly elected Red Wing School Board member Pam Roe was officially installed at Tuesday night's meeting, Jan. 3. "I will discharge faithfully the duties of the office of school board member of ISD No. 256 to the best of my judgment and ability," Roe said in the oath conducted by Board Chair Janie Farrar. Roe replaced Mark Ryan following the first contested board election since 2010.
A head-on crash on rural Highway 63 left one woman injured and one man in custody after fleeing the scene. Shane Gullickson, 40, Plainview, was southbound on Highway 63 near Zumbro Falls in a 2010 Buick LaCrosse on the afternoon of Dec. 31. Charlotte Roe, 81, Lake City, was northbound in a 2004 Ford Focus when Gullickson crossed over the lane and struck Roe's vehicle head-on. Gullickson fled the scene of the accident, according to the State Patrol, but later was arrested by the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office. He is being held in Wabasha County Jail.
Red Wing School Board At Tuesday evening's Red Wing School Board meeting, Superintendent Karsten Anderson addressed two recent issues at Twin Bluff Middle School that raised some concern from parents. The first involved a hypothermia lesson taught by a safety expert Dec. 16 in conjunction with the swimming unit in physical education classes. "Part of the lesson included students getting out of the swimming pool and going outside in cold temperatures and snow-covered ground," Anderson said.
Before the November general election took grasp of the nation's attention, a special election in April exhibited Red Wing voters' support for the local school district. Approximately 65 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of the district's $22.615 million bond request. Passage followed a lengthy process involving a community task force and multiple meetings centered on school district buildings' needs.
With legal assistance, the proverbial hatchet was buried in a scuffle between trademark and tradition of an iconic Red Wing brand. In February, nearly one year after Red Wing Pottery filed a lawsuit against the Pottery Museum of Red Wing, the two sides settled, ending a legal battle of alleged misuse of trademarked images and names. Bruce Johnson, CEO of Red Wing Stoneware and Red Wing Pottery, along with wife Irene, purchased both entities in late 2013, bringing the brands under single ownership for the first time since the 1960s.
Let the countdown begin; the new year is nearly here. Whether you fancy special menus and toasting cocktails, speeding down ski slopes, or rocking with a big name band, area restaurants, bars and venues have spared no expense lining up entertainment of all varieties. The Sheldon Theatre