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The Red Wing School Board is preparing for a changed future. At the Dec. 4 meeting, the board continued discussions on the district's expiring operating levy as planning continues for community outreach regarding the district's funding. "We have not decided as a board if we're having a referendum," board member Steve Anderson said. "I don't think there is anybody here that thinks we wouldn't be going out again in November."
Steve Salveson of Smith, Schafer, and Associates, presented Red Wing School District's annual audit to the board Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Salveson said, upon completion, auditors issued a clean opinion on the district, meaning no modifications were necessary. The audit included a test of Minnesota legal compliance, with no compliance exceptions found. Personnel moves made Hires: Dena Strand, education paraprofessional at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective Nov. 30, 2017 (due to a resignation).
Music Therapy students from Red Wing High School will present their winter concert at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. in Hovda Hall at the school. Under the direction of Esther Gullixson, 20 students will sing songs about stars and the lights of the season and play drums, q-chords and jingle bells. Students began working on concert material in September. Gullixson has been the music therapist for the Red Wing School district for 30 years.
Minnesota State College Southeast will suspend its Professional Nursing (Associate Degree Nursing, RN) program the end of spring semester 2018. Current students will be able to complete their degrees, but the college will no longer admit new students to the program. The college made the decision to suspend the program because it has not been meeting Minnesota Board of Nursing standards, which require that a minimum of 75 percent of students pass the NCLEX-RN(r) licensing on their first attempt.
The wait is over — ALDI will open its doors next week. On Thursday, Dec. 7, ALDI will open its Red Wing store, located in the Red Wing Mall at 160 N. Tyler Road. The store is part of an aggressive $3.4 billion investment plan ALDI recently announced. The German-based supermarket chain plans to expand to 2,500 stores in the United States by the end of 2022. ALDI currently has more than 1,600 stores in 35 states, serving more than 40 million customers each month.
Prairie Island Indian Community received a visit from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund on Nov. 21. As part of its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the Super Bowl Host Committee awarded $100,000 for the development of a playground in the upper part of the reservation. Pheng Vang, community and partnership coordinator for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund, said the group has given over $3 million this year to communities across the state who are committed to improving the health and wellness of their kids.
Red Wing School Board gave the high school the shot in the arm staff wanted. Superintendent Karsten Anderson recommended the board to authorize hiring a building nurse for Red Wing High School at the Nov. 21 meeting.
A Red Wing High School teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation by the school district. Superintendent Karsten Anderson confirmed that a complaint was filed against Greg Grinager, a language arts teacher. No further information was provided by the district as the investigation is ongoing. An incident last week apparently involved a chase between two students who entered Grinager's room. One of those students allegedly suffered minor injuries. Several videos taken by classroom students circulated Snapchat and Facebook.
The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announced Nov. 14 that it awarded 52 grants for a total of $311,525 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. The SEMAC region includes the counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona. In Goodhue County, Red Wing Arts received a $10,000 Arts and Cultural Heritage grant and the Zumbrota Area Arts Council received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant. The Plainview Public Library in Wabasha County received a $3,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant.
Minnesota State College Southeast's cyber and information security program was named by Great Value Colleges.com as the No. 1 online associates degree in network security.