- Member for
- 2 years 9 months
A holiday parade in Cannon Falls has stirred unpleasant emotions after the community learned a man convicted of criminal sexual conduct posed as Santa Claus. Joel Allen Hempel, 56, of Cannon Falls was charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1989. A plea agreement resulted in Hempel being convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and sentenced to a year in prison and probation. Records show Hempel served prison time in 2000 at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud for a probation violation related to the case.
Red Wing Police Department has reported a high volume of mail theft reports from residential homes and businesses since the Thanksgiving weekend. Police Chief Roger Pohlman said authorities arrested two suspects Thursday. Jeffrey Russell Transue, 31, St. Paul, was arrested on charges of mail theft and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Pamela Rae Hogan, 31, Mendota Heights, Minn., was also arrested on a mail theft charge. "Investigators are searching the vehicle and have identified more than 30 victims at this time," Pohlman said.
Red Wing School Board At a special School Board meeting Monday night, the board unanimously approved construction bids for work to be completed next year. Mark Kotten, project manager for Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, and Kevin Anderson, director of buildings and grounds for the district presented a total contract amount of $11,661,683 for roofing and renovation work to be completed district-wide throughout 2017.
Jab. Jab cross. Hook. Uppercut. This fundamental cadence of boxing became an important rhythm in Stef Binner's life two years ago. "I was overweight, unhappy, depressed," Binner said. "I decided one day that I really needed to change." Change she did, as Binner joined a local gym. While she enjoyed introducing fitness into her day-to-day routine, Binner said she easily grew bored of the workouts. "I was looking for that next step up," she said. She found it in a Twin Cities boxing gym. "Instantly hooked," Binner said, reflecting on her initial boxing class.
District business manager Jackie Paradis presented the Truth-in-Taxation hearing for the 2017 levy and the 2016-2017 budget Monday night. Paradis reported a total levy increase of 23.35 percent or nearly $2.03 million. The increase, Paradis said, is primarily due to additional debt service funds for the referendum voters approved in April, and the bonds subsequently sold in August. She reported the general fund went up about 7 percent.
Red Wing High School students from the music therapy program will be performing their annual holiday concert Friday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m in Hovda Concert Hall.
Every four weeks for 12 years, Kathy Anderson has kept to the same routine: a haircut and color with Tessa Blue. "I can only think of maybe one time that we couldn't meet," Anderson said, who has followed Blue to four salons. Most recently, she moved with Blue to her new location in the St. James Hotel, as Blue opened River Blu Salon DaySpa in September. "We've talked through a lot of life together," Anderson said. She chuckled, recalling Blue's two pregnancies, saying she endured them with the excellent stylists Blue recommended in her absence.
The percentage of Americans using illicit drugs or reporting heavy alcohol use is continuing to rise, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Founded in 2001, Common Ground began outpatient substance abuse treatment services in Rochester. The company grew in 2014, adding an office in Winona. The growth for Common Ground has now shifted north with the October opening of a Red Wing office. Common Ground clinical director Erik Spangenski said the decision to expand to Red Wing was based on need.
STOCKHOLM — Wisconsin's Stockholm Pie Company is "legendary" for pie lovers nationwide, according to a recent article in USA Today. On a list of 18 destination pie shops from California to New York, the Stockholm Pie Company received special mention for its "double lemon" pie. The popular pie shop in the tiny Pepin County village has already received acclaim from Gourmet Magazine, NPR, Roadfood.com and more. Last year, Delish Magazine named it Best Pie Shop in Wisconsin.
A Zumbrota man faces multiple counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct as a result of a complaint filed Nov. 28 in Goodhue County District Court. An 18-year-old female has accused Arlan Ray Spratte, 52, of years of sexual abuse. According to the complaint, an adult male spoke with Zumbrota police on Nov. 22 expressing concern about the safety of the unidentified female who was "scared to report sexual abuse to the police." The report stemmed from recent conversations on Facebook. The complaint stated that the two sent Facebook messages about both knowing Spratte.