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For the first time since its inception in 1945, Wilson Oil Company will be transitioning out of the Wilson family. "I was born and raised in this business," owner Mike Wilson said. "It was time to step out of it." Wilson recently sold the company to Dehn Oil of Ramsey, Minn. He said the decision to ink a deal began several years ago. "I had been approached by several companies interesting in buying. The timing was right with Dehn," Wilson said.
The Red Wing Fire Department was called to a house fire at approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, June 19. The fire was reported at 28013 Gadient Lane. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
A team of Clydesdale horses will be on show Wednesday, June 21, outside the Express Employment Professionals office at 910 Main St. Josh Minshull, team manager for the Express Clydesdales, said the hitch of large draft horses is a sight to be seen. "People are commonly in awe seeing the sheer mass of these animals," he said. The distinguishing black-and-white coloring of the Express Clydesdales is rare, Minshull said. "Only about 10 percent of the breed is black and white," Minshull said. "The black gene is recessive."
One month before being sworn in as the District 21A state representative, Barb Haley wrote herself a letter. Written during an orientation session in St. Paul, the letter remained sealed until end of the 2017 legislative session. The freshmen legislator opened the letter on May 26. "It came to pass," Haley said, while rereading the handwritten note. Among her goals, Haley wrote she wanted to be part of a bipartisan session that got things done, move important legislation for the district and build relationships with other lawmakers.
Brian and Brenda Stewart came to Red Wing as individuals to build careers. They ended up building a family, too, and building reputations for excellence that inspire others. "As proud alumni, Brian and Brenda can truly say that Minnesota State College Southeast brought them to Red Wing, and how glad they are that they have become part of the community," said Katryn Conlin, the college's communications director, in nominating them for the 2017 Outstanding Alumni of the Year award.
The Red Wing Solid Waste Campus on Bench Street sustained significant damage due to a fire Wednesday night, June 7, according to Red Wing Fire Department. The blaze was reported around 7:45 p.m. from inside the facility. Knowing their coworkers were safe, the solid waste campus staffs' worries were not over. Their No. 1 concern was Sasha, the waste campus' resident cat, and her five new kittens. "It took about an hour or so before firefighters were able to get into where the cats were," said Peggy Rehder, Red Wing City Council member and solid waste committee member.
The recently formed Venture Networkers group celebrated its first anniversary June 5, with a ribbon-cutting with the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce. The networking group grew to 17 members in its first year, and group organizers said they are hopeful for membership to increase. "We are referral based, sending referrals back and forth within our group," said Angie Foss, a loan officer at Associated Bank. The group meets weekly and was born out of a common need.
Deland, Fla., won the $25,000 America's Main Street contest. Red Wing was named one of the top 10 finalists. The contest, which is sponsored by Stihl, published the winning announcement on its website June 6:
The open fields near Highways 61 and 316 will soon be home to a new living community. The Prairie Island Indian Community broke ground Thursday on a 38,000-square-foot elder assisted living center located on 18 acres of tribal land in Welch. The assisted living center will serve tribal members. "The elders' assisted living facility will allow for those who have raised us, taught us and made us into what we are today, to continue living their lives comfortably and safely within our own community," said Shelley Buck, Tribal Council president.
Several key ingredients made for a traditional commencement ceremony Friday evening at Red Wing High School: a crowded Sonju Gymnasium, the flowing "Pomp and Circumstance" melody and anxious graduates donning royal purple caps and gowns. Audrey Cashmore delivered a "recipe for life" to her fellow graduates, citing her first ingredient as kindness.