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Red Wing School Board unanimously approved a bid for the rehabilitation of the tennis courts at Twin Bluff Middle School. Kevin Johnson, buildings, grounds and technology director, stressed that they are part of the district's long-range facilities maintenance plan, not part of the building referendum.
Red Wing School Board Red Wing students will receive an additional day of summer vacation before beginning the 2017-18 academic year. At Monday evening's meeting, Red Wing School Board set the next school year to start Wednesday, Sept. 6, instead of the traditional Tuesday after Labor Day. Superintendent Karsten Anderson said the change is due to building projects scheduled over the summer break. "We want to give our middle school teachers one day after Labor Day to set up their classrooms," Anderson said.
Red Wing was announced as one of five finalist for the Small Business Revolution $500,000 revitalization competition. Red Wing, along with Bristol Borough, Pa., Georgetown, S.C., Kingsburg, Calif., and North Adams, Mass. were named finalists Thursday morning out of nearly 14,000 nominations. Voting is open now through Feb. 16. Votes can be cast every hour on multiple devices and web browsers. Vote here
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's "Minnesota Morning" featured breakfast pastries from Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop last week. Owner Bill Hanisch said he got an order from Klobuchar's team last Tuesday for Thursday's event. "We sent Senator Klobuchar apple and cherry turnovers and three different varieties of scones," Hanisch said. The pastries were shipped overnight, all individually wrapped, packaged in small boxes, then bubble-wrapped and put into larger boxes, Hanisch described. "It's not the first time we've sent her stuff," he said.
The historic theatre that has housed decades of applause is itself receiving an ovation. The Sheldon Theatre was named the 2016 Arts & Entertainment, Lodging, Recreation & Tourism Business of the Year by Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce members at the Jan. 30 annual meeting and awards banquet. Sheldon Theatre Executive Director Bonnie Schock said the business award was extra-meaningful for a nonprofit arts organization.
On a mid-December evening, Ken and Sheryle Wood were prepared to welcome new puppies into their home. The hobby Havanese breeders of Diamond Bluff, Wis., grew concerned for their beloved Bella, the three-year old expecting mother, as her labor progressed. “We knew from x-rays that Bella had six babies, but we only had four out when she started having problems,” Sheryle Wood said.
With a crowd nearing 500 attendees, the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual award banquet Monday evening at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Live music from the Red Wing High School Jazz Lab Band helped set the theme of Mardi Gras, as feather boas, beads and masquerade masks were festively worn by the business community gathered to celebrate a successful year. Chamber President Patty Brown welcomed the attendees, sharing record-breaking numbers reached by the organization in 2016. "Tonight is a night to celebrate a successful year," Brown said.
Local leadership profile Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories with elected officials who are leading local government. .................... After gaining voters' approval for a building bond referendum last spring, and seeing four board seats on the general election ballot, the Red Wing School Board started the new year with a new member and $2 million in major building improvement plans in motion.
The Red Wing Arts Association has named Mary E. Lee as its new executive director. Lee has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and the arts including, most recently, seven years with the acclaimed vocal ensemble Cantus. Lee said her mother grew up in Lake City, making trips through Red Wing a frequent event while visiting family.
Red Wing School Board member Heidi Jones was re-elected to the Minnesota School Board Association's board of directors at the annual MSBA Leadership Conference Jan. 12-13. Jones will continue serving as the District 1 director, which covers the southeastern region of the state. Strategic planning public meeting set A stakeholder group representing the community will meet 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, to help begin formulating a strategic plan for the school district.