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To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Wisteria Twig Tea Room and Cafe, owner Rita Dassner packed up her restaurant on the second floor of the Pottery Place Mall. "As we reached our fifth year, we decided to move," Dassner said, "and we couldn't be happier." Now housed a few steps away at 1920 Old West Main St., Wisteria Twig boasts a bigger space and increased visibility, which she said has greatly enhanced the tearoom. "We've had three times more business since the move," she said.
In the first contested Red Wing School Board election since 2010, Pam Roe ousted incumbent Mark Ryan from the board. Roe defeated Ryan by 215 votes, sealing up the final seat with 16.63 percent, 4,346 votes, over Ryan's 15.81 percent, 4,131 votes. Incumbent Mike Christensen received the most votes for the four open seats with 18.06 percent, 4,719 votes. Other incumbents Heidi Jones and Janie Farrar were also re-elected with Jones receiving 4,686 votes and Farrar notching 4,331 votes.
Republican Barb Haley emerged as the winner of the highly watched race for Minnesota House of Representative District 21A. Haley defeated Democrat Lisa Bayley by receiving 9,387 votes — 55.94 percent of those cast, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office. Bayley earned 7,370 votes or 43.92 percent. There were 23 write-ins. Haley, a Red Wing native and former AT&T executive, will take over the seat of Rep. Tim Kelly, who did not seek re-election.
For 22 years, Red Wing has maintained a strong relationship with Quzhou, China, as sister cities. This week, William Pan, who was Quzhou's first exchange teacher in Red Wing, returned for the fifth time to visit friends and introduce other Chinese educators to the city. The official sister city relationship began in 1992 under the suggestion of then-mayor Romeo Cyr. At a reception Wednesday evening at Oliver's Wine Bar, Pan thanked Cyr and others for their dedication to the sister city relationship.
This fall, fourth-graders at Burnside Elementary School have been learning about government and how different governments function. Tuesday morning, Prairie Island Tribal Council President Shelley Buck spoke to the eight sections of fourth-graders, explaining the role of tribal government and what responsibilities she has as council president. "Each tribe is different, having their own constitutions and form of government," Buck said. "At Prairie Island, we run very similar to city councils, like here in Red Wing."
A Pine Island man is facing a felony domestic assault charge after an alleged stabbing Monday, Oct. 24. Jasmine M. Johnson, 25, of Pine Island reported her boyfriend Anson Robinson,...
Health care costs and workforce issues have been constants along the campaign trail for Barb Haley. During visits to The Gardens at Cannon Falls Nursing Home, Ferndale Market and Goodhue Public School, the endorsed Republican candidate for Minnesota House District 21A spoke to voters about their concerns. Health care At the nursing home, residents sought clarity on the Affordable Care Act and Haley’s views on health care reform.
Lisa Bayley, the endorsed Democratic candidate for Minnesota House of Representative District 21A, recently made campaign stops in local classrooms and at Wild Wings in Lake City. Bayley spoke with students and citizens regarding education, health care and economic development.
Summer through autumn, the American Queen riverboat becomes a frequent guest to Levee Park. Billed as the largest steamboat ever built, the American Queen plies the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Minneapolis. On board the impressive riverboat stands the two-deck tall Grand Saloon. The theatre was built to resemble small town opera houses of the 19th century, according to American Queen Steamboat Company information. Features within the theatre are modeled after the historic Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C.
Five of the seven Red Wing School Board candidates participated in a League of Women Voters candidate forum last Wednesday. Incumbents Mike Christensen, Janie Farrar, Heidi Jones, Mark Ryan and...