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GOODHUE — An excavating and trucking company must pay an $80,000 penalty and take several corrective actions after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency found an improperly installed underground fuel tank on the property. Fitzgerald Excavating and Trucking, owned by Jason Fitzgerald, must comply with state rules to protect groundwater after the MPCA's discovery. The agency said Fitzgerald went to great lengths to keep the 12,000-gallon tank at 21432 350th St., Goodhue, hidden from MPCA inspectors.
Stephanie Goetz knows how to hold the attention of an audience. After a 10-year broadcasting career in Fargo, N.D., the 2003 Red Wing High School graduate created Goetz Communications, a motivational speaking and consulting business. At Wednesday's Professional Women's Leadership Event, the audience, perhaps, was one of Goetz's most attentive as she shared her story — a story many in attendance knew well and share with the Goetz family. "At the age of 12 years old," Goetz said, "I had no idea the fire I was about to go through."
The 2017 Professional Women's Leadership Event drew record attendance Wednesday. Held at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, the 31st year of the event was attending by over 250 women. Julie Klecker, of Ellsworth, was named the Business Professional Woman of the Year. Klecker, an accounting specialist at RiverTown Multimedia, has a 30-plus year career spanning a half-dozen positions with the publishing industry. "This is shocking," Klecker said, moments after leaving the stage.
Mike Arturi, founder and director of Red Wing's Universal Music Center, will present "Find Your Place in Music" to students at Friday's Big 9 Music Festival. Arturi said he hopes the program will help students learn about and explore career possibilities in the music industry beyond performing on stage. "Very few musicians can make a living from live performance," Arturi said. "We want to educate these students about other full time or supplemental musical careers in manufacturing, education, production and retail."
Julie Klecker was named Business and Professional Woman of the Year today. The honor was part of the annual professional women's leadership event held at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. She works for RiverTown Multimedia. Look for the story in the weekend edition of the Red Wing Republican Eagle.
Josephson's Clothing Store received a perfectly packaged promotion last week, via the Deluxe Corporation. Two days after the Small Business Revolution contest revealed Red Wing finished in a close second-place to Bristol Borough, Pa., Tom Withers was contacted by the Deluxe Corporation for a small revolution of his own, he said. "During the original taping for the Small Business Revolution, they remembered that I was finishing up with a customer using a plain brown paper bag," Withers said.
Goodhue County authorities allegedly discovered a "sex room" in Goodhue this January. Michael Lowell Germain, 43, and Heather Laverne Germain, 49, appeared in Goodhue County District Court Monday on multiple criminal sexual conduct charges. The initial inquiry into the Germain residence stemmed from a juvenile female contacting Goodhue Police Department in January. According to the criminal complaint, the female alleged that she was being sexually assaulted and exploited by Michael and Heather Germain.
School lunch price increase set Food Service Director Brent Lexvold requested a $0.10 adjustment of student lunch prices for the high school, middle school and elementary full-pay students. "Our prices are well below state and federal mandates," Lexvold said. "This slight increase will bring up the weighted average closer to the state level." Lexvold said state and federal government numbers recommended a weighted average of menu prices of $2.86. The current price of lunch at Red Wing High School is $2.75.
In conjunction with the nationwide Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign in April, the second annual Bounce Into Prevention Children's Carnival will be Saturday, April 22, at AP Anderson Park in Red Wing. Local organizers Kelsie Kuyath and Dan Luetje, from One Shake Is All It Takes, the hosting nonprofit organization, said they hope to build off the momentum of a 500-plus crowd that attended the inaugural carnival last spring.
Delving through colorful baskets filled with sweets and presents, Kristin Albers and her three children enjoyed a traditional Easter morning. Emma, Eila and Charlie assembled Lego kits — with their mother’s helpful hand — in a sea of pastel candy wrappers. These would be the children’s last moments with their mother.