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Have you happened to see a person walking across the pedestrian bridge at A.P. Anderson Park waving the American flag? Many have. For the past two Monday afternoons, Melody Black of Red Wing has paced the bridge with a American flag. Her message is simple. "I want everyone to be proud to be an American," she said. Black comes from a family of multiple generations that served in the United States military.
Red Wing High School seniors Carly Boisen and Willie Meacham were crowned homecoming queen and king at Monday afternoon's coronation. The coronation kicked off homecoming week at RWHS.
In the days following a devastating house fire, Jim Nelson and Nancy Shoemake were reminded why they chose the Red Wing area as the location to build their dream home. "It's the people," Nelson said. "The people are good and honest. This is a community."
The ACT recently released results showing that Red Wing students who graduated in 2017 exceeded state averages on each test. The composite score for the class of 2017 students was 22, compared to the state average of 21.5. Known as the most widely used college entrance exam in the United States, the ACT includes curriculum-based tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Tests are designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework.
A new Red Wing business is aiming to help shoppers with a formal dress code to follow. P.S. I Love U, a formal wear boutique, opened in August in the historic pottery district on Old West Main Street. Store manager Cassidy Smith said the idea came from her recent wedding and two younger sisters' homecoming and prom dances. "To shop for dresses, we had to either drive to the Twin Cities or Rochester," Smith said.
For Chan Sarin of Cambodia, Red Wing served as his first experience in the United States. Disability Support International, a nonprofit organization founded in 2016, welcomed Sarin for a week of observation, discussions and learning. Based in Red Wing, DSI was created by several special education professionals, including Jennie Wendland and her husband, Mick, who hosted Sarin for the week.
Red Wing Shoe Co. announced it has committed product donations of $500,000 to support recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Red Wing Shoe has partnered with Good360, a global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, to provide disaster victims with needed goods during the long rebuilding and recovery process after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. The donation includes work boots and coveralls suitable for the cleanup efforts, as well as socks and footwear meant for individuals whose homes and lives have been directly affected by the tragedy.
Student board representatives named Red Wing High School juniors Jayden Jeck, Cayanne Korder and senior Megan Jeranek have been named as the student representatives to the Red Wing School Board. Assistant Principal Jason Kjos said administrators are searching for an additional senior representative. Election judges needed Superintendent Karsten Anderson told board members Tuesday, Sept. 5, that ballots for the November operating levy referendum vote have been received. Absentee voting begins Sept. 22 in the district office.
The sight of a school bus on the road stirs up emotions in Sheila Beckner. "These buses bring kids in, and everyday we get this gift," Beckner said. "We are delivered this group of people that are ready to learn. For six hours a day, we get to mold and inspire these kids." Today, as Red Wing students head back to school, someone will be missing — Beckner. After a 30-plus year career in the Red Wing School District, the Burnsville Elementary School principal announced her resignation last spring.
Mike Pagel is beginning his 11th year in the Red Wing School District with a new job title: principal. Pagel has taken the leadership reins at Sunnyside Elementary School following the resignation of three-year Principal Jeremy Sorenson. A Minnesota native, Pagel spent his first years of teaching in southern California in the mid-1990s. While teaching there eight years, Pagel met his future wife, Robin, who oddly enough also was a native Minnesotan. After starting a family, the Pagels knew their home state was calling.