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Red Wing is often regarded for its natural beauty and abundance of culture. People say it's a great place to work and raise a family. But despite the cold winters, many are starting to view Red Wing as an ideal retirement destination, too.
For 115 years, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has been sharing its commitment to service with the Red Wing community. Founded in 1868 by a group of entertainers in New York City, the Elks can now be found across the U.S. In Minnesota alone there are 24 lodges where members gather, host charitable events and have fun.
Mike Villaran has the calm and steady demeanor of a man much older than 38. "I've seen a lot," he says laughing. His life and career are a patchwork of unexpected turns and experiences and it's hard to tell now if he's more comfortable with stability or progress. Listening or talking. Watching or creating. His blend of intelligence, easiness and confidence builds a lot of instant trust between him and the non-stop string of customers who come through the door of Mike's Barber Shop on West Third Street, recently named the best barber shop in Minnesota by WCCO.
JoAnne McNamara can light up any room. She is gracious and curious and friendly. Her conversation flows on many interests ranging from the arts to faith to travel. She keeps many friends and creates memories with them all over the world. "I have a lot of wonderful friends, I really do, and I like to maintain them," McNamara said. "If you don't make your life too narrow — you broaden out and do a variety — then you do meet a lot of people and have a lot of connections so that's really wonderful." The student
Red Wing High School students can buy tickets to prom during lunch or after school April 4-18. The theme for this year is "The Golden Hour" and banquet will take place Saturday, April 28, at Mississippi National Golf Course. The Grand March will begin in the high school gym at 5 p.m., with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. The dinner and dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the golf course. The public may purchase Grand March tickets for $2 ahead of time or at the door.
While Elena Flores was a student at Red Wing High School, she didn't think much about going to college. Part of the problem was her average grades but a bigger issue was her undocumented status. "When President Obama first passed DACA people were scared maybe we weren't making long term plans," Flores said. "But it's been five years, we got used to it. You start making long plans."
Red Wing will begin to implement single-sort recycling in 2019. On Monday, March 26, five council members voted in favor of automated single-sort collection, with Council member Dean Hove dissenting and Council member Dustin Schulenberg providing no vote due to absence. Under the new arrangement, recycling will not need to be separated by type (rigids, fibers, glass) as it is currently. Recycling will go into new 96-gallon carts, which the city will provide. The city will collect and take materials to an outside recovery facility for sorting.
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.