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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Next week, Red Wing High School will transform itself into concert hall and museum. The school is hosting the annual Missota Fine Arts Festival, which will bring hundreds of young artists and musicians from around the southern metro area for a day of workshops, exhibitions and concerts April 5. "It's a fun chance for kids to do in-depth lessons," Red Wing High School art teacher Kristin Bray said. Art, choir and band students from each of the eight schools in the Missota Conference have been invited to bring bands choirs and art students to the festival.
Red Wing Shoe Co. recently awarded Traci Hardy and Bill Abel with the company's Footprint Award, which recognizes employees who "go above and beyond to demonstrate the core values" of the Shoe, the company said in a statement. The awards were given posthumously; Hardy was killed in an August 2012 traffic accident and Abel passed away last year after battling cancer.
A rural Red Wing family lost their home and three dogs in an early Saturday morning fire, the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office reported. Goodhue Fire Department was dispatched to the home of Jeffrey and Holly Simonson, 20059 290th St., at about 5:10 a.m. "The structure is a total loss," Goodhue Fire Chief Mike Kehran said. "We were hoping to save the house, but it was too far gone." The couple and their 8-year-old son were already out of the house by the time crews arrived.
Why is play important for children's development? What is the most important thing to remember when changing a baby's diaper? What information should you know about a family before agreeing to watch a child? They may not be questions every young babysitter considers, but according to LaVergne Dickerson, they should be. "There is value in grooming yourself for any field," she said. Dickerson has taught babysitting and first aid courses in Goodhue County for several years.
John Frawley's love for the environment began while he was growing up in Red Wing. "I did a lot of hunting and fishing. I really loved the outdoors," he said. "When I went to school, I looked for a career that would keep me outdoors." Now, after working 16 years as president and CEO of San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay - currently a non-profit marine nature center, it seems as though Frawley has accomplished that goal. Frawley was recognized for Feb.
To four Red Wing High School students, a recent trip to Washington, D.C., was more than a chance to see the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. For them, the trip was personal. "We went to advocate for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and to talk to representatives from the House of Representatives and Senate," student Oscar Machado said. Machado, along with classmates Oscar Hernandez, William Ortiz and Deisy Miranda Rivera, visited the Capitol March 4 through March 8 to attend the 2013 National Latino Advocacy Days.
Bill Sweasy no longer has an office at the company his grandfather helped develop more than 100 years ago. The Red Wing Shoe Co. CEO officially retired as at the end of February. Now, as he steps down, colleague Dave Murphy said there's one thing in particular Sweasy will be remembered for: his "moral compass." "He'll take the high road every time," Murphy said.
For Terri Cook and Tracy Webb, the biggest holiday in March had nothing to do with shamrocks or the color green. Instead, the Red Wing residents kicked up their heels for the soft opening of the new JoAnn Fabric and Crafts store March 8. "We've had it on our calendars as a national holiday," Webb said with a laugh. The sign announcing the store went up well before Christmas, but the opening came this month. The women were the first through the doors at the company's new location at 160 N. Tyler Road in the Red Wing Mall.
The Red Wing School District granted 235 days of unpaid non-sick leave during the 2010-2011 school year, documents from the district office show. Last year, that number was only 9.5.
In the past two weeks, Goodhue County has received nearly 11 inches of snow and nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain. All that moisture might eventually make its way to the Mississippi, causing the river to overrun its banks and Goodhue County residents to start piling up the sandbags. Or, it might not. Long story short, the jury is still out on whether all the recent precipitation will result in any significant spring flooding. "It's too early to tell," said Ryan Sterry, agriculture educator with St. Croix County University of Wisconsin Extension Office.