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The Minnesota Department of Education released scores for the 2017 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments on Aug. 7. According to the MDE, overall, scores in reading, math and science showed little change from last year. Math scores decreased slightly for some grade levels and remained constant for others, and reading scores remained largely the same. Joe Jezierski, the Red Wing School District's director of teaching and learning, explained results in a statement released by the school district. "Assessment results for Red Wing were in line with expectations. Students did very well on some assessments and we saw some improvement in proficiency levels," he said.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa Schools announced four finalists for its open superintendent position. Two are education administrators in other Goodhue County districts. The four are: Joe Jezierski, director of teaching and learning, Red Wing Schools; Michael Harvey, 7-12 principal, Goodhue Schools; Jeffrey Sampson, superintendent, Southland LeRoy-Ostrander Schools; Craig Ihrke, prekindergarten-grade 6 principal, Chatfield Schools.
Newly hired Burnside Elementary School Principal Jennie Bordonaro introduced herself to the board. Bordonaro said she has spent the past 11 years in the education field, the last nine years in Burnsville. She taught in elementary and middle school level classrooms before moving into data assessment, behavioral interventionist and other leadership roles. Bordonaro also served as an adjunct instructor at Concordia University in St. Paul in their differentiated instruction program.
Surrounded with cheers and loud applause, Josie Lappegaard, Mackenzie Irwin and Ashley Knowlton stood in awe and disbelief on the Sheldon Theatre stage Sunday evening. The three young women were crowned the 2017 Red Wing Royal Ambassadors at the Aug. 6 pageant.
Like any pair of siblings, Lawrence Transportation Co. and Lawrence NationaLease share a long history together. The two Red Wing transportation businesses are products of the Lawrence family, beginning under the hand of Albert "A. V." Lawrence in the early 1930s. Earlier this summer, Steve Lawrence, a third-generation owner, announced the sale of Lawrence NationaLease to the Minnesota-based Rihm Family Companies. Lawrence Transportation Co. remains in the family, with Steve's son Eric as CEO and owner.
The conclusion of the 2017 Red Wing Royal Ambassador pageant saw three young women crowned as new community ambassadors. Josie Laappegaard, Mackenzie Irwin and Ashley Knowlton were announced as the winners of the annual pageant. For a full recap of the coronation, view the upcoming Aug. 9 edition of the Republican Eagle.
Have you ever been to a classic Shakespeare Tale and you were able to throw confetti while watching it? If you haven't and even if you have, come and see "Macbeth." Young People's Summer Theatre Intensive 2017 is putting on t"Macbeth: A Kid's Cautionary Tale Concerning Greed, Power, Mayhem, and Other Current Events" written by Nancy Linehan Charles.
The time has come again for the summer tradition of River City Days to takeover Red Wing. The 2017 festival is Friday, Aug. 4, to Sunday, Aug. 6. Since its inception 35 years ago, the weekend community festival has had two very clear goals, Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce President Patty Brown said: to highlight Red Wing and provide family fun entertainment. "It really began as an event for locals, then it continued to grow," Brown said.
A robbery was reported Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Days Inn hotel located at 955 E. Seventh St. in Red Wing. According to the Red Wing Police Department, a call was received from a Days Inn staff member shortly after 5 a.m. reporting that an individual entered the building asking for money. The robbery is currently under investigation. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Add another new business front to downtown Red Wing's tally — the Barrel House has opened its doors again under the hand of Kevin Braa. Rebranded as 223 Barrel House, the bar looks and feels drastically different than its previous state. "I have always wanted a place of my own. It just happened a little sooner than I expected," Braa said.