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At Red Wing Downtown Main Street's annual meeting, executive director Megan Tsui reported on the group's efforts of the past year with great enthusiasm. "It was a big year for us," Tsui said to community members and business owners gathered at the St. James Hotel. Tsui's enthusiasm was well-befitting — the organization had a banner year, as members learned Tuesday night.
In music circles around the globe, Red Wing is known not only for leather footwear and pottery, but also for the instrument repair programs at Minnesota State College Southeast. Each year, the college's signature band instrument, violin and guitar repair and building programs draw students from across the United States and beyond. Dawn Parker, a retired music educator from Mesa, Ariz., said her path to Red Wing stemmed from her wish to continue working in the industry after her 30-year teaching career.
A Zumbrota man was sentenced last week to 12 years in jail for first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Judge Doug Bayley accepted a plea agreement from Arlan Ray Spratte, 52, earlier this year, with Spratte entering a guilty plea to a first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. Two additional first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges and three second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges were dismissed in the agreement.
Superintendent Karsten Anderson reported that he and Red Wing Public Schools staff viewed a webinar discussing an online enrollment system sponsored by TIES that works with the Synergy student management system, both programs currently used by the district. Anderson told school board members Monday that if the price is appropriate, the district would plan to implement the online enrollment prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 school year due to summer construction impacting parents' accessibility of the district office.
Join the Friends of the Library and take advantage of savings on all manner of books as the group raises funds for Red Wing Public Library. Annual membership costs $10 and lets you shop early for bargains on gently used books of all sorts from fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, children's, travel, self-help, etc. Prices range from 25 cents to $1. Special volumes will be available for bid.
When Red Wing locals hear the name Paul Sprangers, many first thoughts jump to the 1998 Red Wing High School graduate's band Free Energy. After two albums and world tours with the rock band, alongside fellow Winger alums and brothers, Scott and Evan Wells, Sprangers was in need of change. "Touring can be really brutal," Sprangers said. "I found myself increasingly trying to find ways to stay healthy on the road."
The Red Wing Police Department has partnered with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to increase methods of communication citizens can use to pass on information about crimes or fugitives while remaining anonymous. "The Red Wing Police Department encourages residents to contact the police department or their community policing officer assigned to their area of town, however, we realize that for a variety of reasons, some individuals may not feel safe in doing so; this is where our partnership with Crime Stoppers Minnesota provides a vital alternative," Chief of Police Roger Pohlman said.
Multiple Red Wing-based sluggers call 'The Ath' home throughout the spring and summer months — the Wingers, Aces, Legion, VFW and Red Wing Youth Baseball Association leagues. Formally labeled the Red Wing Athletic Field, the cherished baseball diamond hosts more than 80 games each year, while additional fields surrounding the complex hold over 170 games.
Interspecies matchmaking. What might sound odd to most makes complete sense to Cathryn Reed, executive director of the Humane Society of Goodhue County. "Sometimes, that's how I describe this work," she said with a laugh. Reed took the lead post at Goodhue County's animal shelter in early February. Her passion for animals, however, extends back as early as she can remember.
Motorists using Highway 60 from Kenyon to Zumbro Falls will see the speed limit raised to 60 mph where the previous posted limit was 55 mph on the two-lane roadway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The speed limit changes come after MnDOT's study of each highway segment, which includes: access points, shoulder width, roadway alignment, assessment of roadside hazards, crash rates and history, and an analysis of motorist speeds. The remainder of Highway 60 from Zumbro Falls to Wabasha will not be increased to 60 mph.