Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a journalism degree.
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More than 660 tons of machinery floated through Red Wing Friday morning. A barge carrying two new steam generators -- both destined for Prairie Island nuclear plant's Unit 2 -- passed under the Eisenhower Bridge and in front of Levee and Bay Point parks at about 7:30. The generators are an integral part of the nuclear plant's pressurized water reactor, Xcel Energy Director of Nuclear Regulatory Policy Terry Pickens said. The new generators will replace the pair that has been in operation in Unit 2 for 39 years. "Many (generators) experience problems over the years," Pickens said.
For the fourth time in just two weeks, fire destroyed a home in Goodhue County. In the latest incident, the Red Wing Fire Department was dispatched to 1815 Chayka St. in Welch Township just before 10 a.m. Saturday. Crews arrived on scene in 13 minutes and were able to extinguish the blaze within 30 minutes, Capt. Dan Simonson said in a statement. The home was vacant when the fire broke out, and no firefighters or residents were injured, Chief Tom Schneider said. He added that no one had actually been living there at the time, and the house was only being used for storage.
Rep. Tim Kelly said he proposed a civil union bill in the House of Representatives this week in an effort to ensure equal rights for all Minnesotans. "It's not the government's role to try to define marriage," Kelly said in an interview R-E Friday.
Mayo Clinic CEO and President John Noseworthy officially welcomed Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing's 800 employees into the Mayo Clinic system Wednesday morning. The Rochester-based not-for-profit healthcare system acquired the former Fairview Red Wing Medical Center facility July 1.
Red Wing resident John Sachen has joined Ernest W. Stone and Dan Bender in the Red Wing mayoral race. Sachen, 5320 Mt. Caramel Road, filed his affidavit of candidacy late Thursday afternoon, City Clerk Kathy Johnson said. Sachen, 50, grew up in Red Wing and graduated from Red Wing High School in 1980. He is currently a project manager at Red Wing Shoe Co.
The Red Wing School Board got its first look at proposed changes to the district's policy on harassment and violence at a quarterly workshop Monday afternoon. As part of a complaint filed against the district with the Office of Civil Rights in 2009, the district agreed to make several changes, including updating its policy on harassment.
Anna Boelman and Kiki Gheen like to keep things simple. The mother-daughter pair operates the downtown Red Wing health food store Simple Abundance. All of the products they stock are just about as far from complicated as they can get, coming from small farmers and local producers and containing organic ingredients. "If it's not certified organic, there's a good chance it's local. We're constantly looking for small companies that believe the same things we do," Boelman said.
A Zumbrota man pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree attempted murder Monday morning after hitting his estranged wife's co-worker in the head with a hammer in January. Jonathan Lee Closner, 26, agreed to a plea deal that will eventually dismiss two first-degree attempted murder charges, among others. According to a complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court Jan. 15, Closner entered his wife's residence at 106 E. Jefferson Drive, Zumbrota, at about 4:30 a.m. Jan.
Dale Thompson will retire as president and CEO of Benedictine Health System effective at the end of this year, BHS announced in a statement late last month. The Benedictine Health System is the parent organization of Red Wing's St. Crispin Living Community. "Dale is an extraordinary leader, and BHS truly has been blessed with his service," BHS Board of Directors chairman Brian Lassiter said in a statement. Thompson, 65, was named president/CEO of Benedictine Health System in 2003.
The filing period for candidates for the recently vacated Red Wing mayor position officially opened Tuesday morning, and so far, two people have filed. Dan Bender and Ernest W. Stone have turned in affidavits of candidacy, City Clerk Kathy Johnson said. Bender, 1729 Red Fox Drive, was the first to file Tuesday morning. "I just wanted to make sure that people knew I was running and get my name out there," he said. Bender, 64, served on the Red Wing City Council for one term, which expired at the end of 2012. He did not seek re-election.