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On Saturday, April 28, the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the death of a man found decomposing near a railroad post in Florence Township. The Canadian Pacific Railway made the call to authorities at 9:48 a.m. after noticing the man's remains at the bottom of a railroad bank close to Ski Road, which intersects with the tracks.
Red Wing High School juniors and seniors gathered for an evening of dinner, dancing and fancy dress for the annual prom celebration Saturday, April 28. The evening kicked off in the RWHS gym, where a full house cheered on favorite couples during the Grand March. The party continued at Mississippi National Golf Course where prom-goers enjoyed chicken, pasta with alfredo sauce, vegetables, fruit and cupcakes with edible glitter from Hanisch Bakery.
Emily Thoms began working at Ekblad Excavating when her grandfather Stuart Ekblad needed some help with the bookkeeping. She offered to step in to modernize the system and now, two years later, Thoms is still on the job.
Overwhelmingly, the world we live in is marred by stories of people who hurt other people. In response, City Hall has been working to protect those who attend public meetings. 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. That proposed ordinance is moving its way through a council-requested vetting process with the Human Rights Commission and will return to council at a later point this year.
Red Wing's first car show of the season wasn't quite what you'd expect. Hoods were popped, cars were shiny, proud owners shared details about their prized rides — but there were no classic cars in sight. In fact, the 20 cars on display were all manufactured within the last decade. Red Wing's first EV car show, held on Earth Day 2018, was assembled by Sustainability Commission member Bill Gehn to put a spotlight on fully electric and hybrid vehicles.
Conflict resolution ordered for members of staff, council Red Wing City Council was forced to take action on a recent behavioral issue during its regular meeting on April 23. Following a public spat between Administrative Business Director Marshall Hallock and Council member Peggy Rehder — which began during a City Council meeting and spilled into a break on Feb. 12, 2018 — Hallock filed a formal complaint against Rehder with the city attorney.
Fans of Lake Pepin can show their support for the geographical marvel — and possibly win a free shoreline concert from Minnesota Public Radio. MPR is hosting an online tournament to decide Minnesota's best-loved lake. Lake Pepin inched out Crane Lake in round 1 and is currently up against Lake Superior in the final four and is neck and neck to enter the final round. Online voting is open now through April 30: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/23/top-4-lake-voting-round .
Despite having already circulated public meeting notice, the Goodhue County Board voted to cancel an afternoon budget meeting on April 17. Board Chair Jason Majerus introduced the topic, stating that he believed the meeting would be a waste of time for board members and county staff. Rather than discuss budgeting with staff, he said that the board should come up with a list of guidelines and ask staff to come up with a plan.
The public is invited to attend the Red Wing 2040 Open House 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Red Wing Public Library Foot Room. Attendees will conduct a self-guided tour to different stations and get information, give input and learn new data regarding the Red Wing 2040 project before its official unveiling in December.
Beau Jason Twaddle, 39, a bus driver for Pine Island Public Schools, was arrested on DWI charges after driving 58 students to school on Tuesday, April 10. According to the criminal complaint: School resource officer Jeremy Sjoblom first noticed the smell of alcohol coming from Twaddle at 8:49 a.m. and immediately launched an investigation to determine if Twaddle had been drinking.