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Hanna Peichel hears music differently than other people do. Through synesthesia, a common gift for people on the autism spectrum (like Peichel), one wrong note can feel like a pinprick in her brain or a white stripe across her vision. "I developed perfect pitch from a very young age, so like in middle school band I was the human tuner," Peichel recalled. Music
When St. Joseph Catholic School closed in 2011, Eva Engberg was part of the final class. She was in second grade, her brother was in first, and her mother didn't want them to enter public school just yet. In searching for alternatives, Engberg said they found the "unschooling" homeschool method, which she and her brother tried for a while. "It turned into two years of summer vacation; it was the best two years of my life," Engberg said. "It was like 'Oh you're reading that book over there? Good you're learning.' It was very, very loose."
The first guitar Brian Stewart ever got to play was in pretty rough shape. It was warped and the strings sat about a half an inch above the fretboard. It came from his grandpa's barn and even though the guitar wasn't much to look at, his parents could see that he was really interested in that instrument, so they gave him a chance to earn a better one. That summer, when Stewart was 13, he painted his family's house and a shed out back. He earned enough money doing chores that his "cool" uncle was able to drive him and his cousins to Duluth to go guitar shopping.
A very narrow street received broad attention at the City Council meeting on Monday, March 26. A section of Ninth Street between East Avenue and South Park Street is slated for repairs this summer to address aging infrastructure, but many area homeowners showed up to say they are against the project.
Ten years ago, while cellphone technology improved and personal interactions migrated to social media, photographers in Red Wing did just the opposite. They took their online friendships into the real world and made a club. Regional photographers had been sharing their pics online through the Red Wing Area Photographers Flickr group until one member, Mary Ouret, thought they should start meeting in-person.
Fans of Dona Macaulay-Bradt were out en force at a meeting of the Kiwanis Clubs of Red Wing on March 22. Friends, colleagues and family shared stories and treasured memories of the retired teacher's inspiring legacy to help honor and acknowledge her as the 2017 Red Wing Neighbor of the Year. Though she attended the meeting expecting to speak about China as part of a presentation on the Sister Cities Commission, Macaulay-Bradt was delighted and surprised to learn that she was actually there to receive the Kiwanis award.
On Monday, March 26, a newly formed group out of Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County called "From City Hall to Capitol Hill" is heading to St. Paul to speak with Rep. Barb Hayley and Sen. Mike Goggin about DACA and Latino issues. They were invited by the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs to attend Minnesotanos Day at the Capitol and the group also plans to travel to Washington, D.C., to continue learning about the political process and share ideas up the ladder later this year.
Aspiring storm spotters are encouraged to attend an upcoming SKYWARN training session from Goodhue County. The first class will take place 9:30 a.m. March 24 at the Cannon Falls Public Safety Building. The second class will take place 6:30 p.m. April 16 at the Kenyon Fire Department. Trainees will learn how to identify potential severe weather features, what information to report and how plus safety tips. These two-hour classes are free and open to the public.
Downtown Red Wing is having a visual identity crisis — but they're working on it. Many businesses just starting out aren't investing in long term signage solutions. Temporary banners, meant to last just a few weeks, have been hanging at some locations for over a year. Others, while professionally printed, don't meet best practices for a historic downtown district. "Building by building it's really important we help business owners with that first impression," said Joe Lawniczak, a downtown design specialist with Wisconsin Main Street.
Erin Buss loves to relax with a hot cup of coffee and a good book. Young adult novels are her favorite but she also has an impressive collection of tarot and intuition books — at least 3 feet worth — on her bookshelf. Teacher by day, tarot reader by night, Buss sees many unique parallels between her day job and her side business Lionheart Tarot. "Children are so intuitive and being around kids makes you more open to all the possibilities that life has," Buss said.