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The Sheldon Theatre has announced its 201-/19 season, and boosters promise that the venue will emerge from its summerlong restoration stronger than ever. A Season Announcement Party was held Wednesday, May 23. Executive Director Bonnie Schock presented 37 unique performances across seven thematic series — great sounds, tradition, homegrown, enlighten, holiday, youth and family and film — all with an intentional Minnesota presence.
Try talking to Randy Thom at one of his four gas stations — Red Barn in Spring Valley, Wis., 63 Express in Hager City, 35 Express in Maiden Rock or the newly acquired 61 Express in Frontenac — and you'll find he's a very busy man. He's leaping up to help customers, pulling fresh chicken out of the broaster, cracking jokes with old friends and generally proving that a gas station can be more than just a stop along the road.
Red Wing's leading cultural resource, the Sheldon Theatre, will undergo major structural and cosmetic renovations from May to September 2018, during which time the building will be closed. Executive Director Bonnie Schock said that these much-needed changes will help preserve and protect the building for the next 25 years. Due to reopen late September, the Sheldon is also preparing for one of its most exciting seasons to date.
CANNON FALLS—A husband and wife were reportedly held at gunpoint in their home on 90th Avenue Way — near the Cannon Valley Trail in Cannon Falls Township — at approximately 8 a.m. today. The suspects reportedly rang the doorbell and, when William answered, forced themselves into the residence. One held a pistol on the couple while the other rummaged through the home. The situation continued for over 30 minutes before the suspects tied up the homeowners and left the residence with many items, including guns and cash, according to investigators.
The public will have a chance to weigh in on Ordinance 115 at a workshop led by the Human Rights Commission 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the City Hall Annex Building (previously: Ignite Building). Ordinance 115, introduced to City Council on Nov. 27, 2017, would help to specify what behavior is not acceptable at a public meeting and work to clarify the possible legal repercussions for that behavior.
After attempting to defer a decision on the terms of a lease for Annadee's Closet and contract for service, Red Wing Area Seniors Executive Director Kim Wojcik and City Administrator Kay Kuhlmann urged the City Council at least to accept their lease terms, which have held up an important aspect of business for Annadee's by several months. Council members were unanimously in favor of supporting the Red Wing Area Seniors group, which manages the used clothing store and generates revenue through it, but believed that a contract for service is the wrong approach.
A diminished City Council met Monday, May 14, to address an agenda that included such hot-button items as the future of Mississippi National Golf Links and the resignation of Peggy Rehder — slated as the final agenda item.
First Choice Clinic will host a Kids Fun Run and 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 16, to help raise awareness and funds for free clinic services. Registration begins at 8 a.m., Kids Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. The event will also feature a silent auction, crafts, bounce house, music and refreshments. Early Bird registration for $25 through May 31, $30 after. All children's events are free. Register by phone 651-267-4357 or online www.firstchoiceclinicrw.com .
Members of the public, law enforcement officers and city officials gathered to recognize fallen officers during the Peace Officer Memorial Day Service on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Police Chief Roger Pohlman named Red Wing's two fallen officers: Chief James Daly and Officer John Peterson, who responded to a gunman call in 1907 and died of their wounds. He also recognized Lake City Officer Shawn Schneider who died in 2011 from wounds received while responding to a domestic violence call.
Flyway Film Festival, which brings life-affirming independent movies to small screens across the breadth of Lake Pepin, is undergoing a change. Direction of the festival is moving from sole direction under Rick Vaicius, who recently moved to St. Paul, and becoming a 501c3 organization as the Flyway Film Society.