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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CherryBerry, Red Wing's first frozen yogurt bar, officially opened its doors Feb. 8. According to general manager Dustin Peterson, there hasn't been a quiet day so far. "We've been so busy, people lining the walls," he said. The biggest rush usually comes between 2:30 and 5 p.m. each day - when high school and middle school students finish up classes.
For Ken Prillaman, allowing children to go online before they're educated about Internet safety is not much different than handing car keys to a 12-year-old. But just how dangerous the Internet can be only became apparent to the Brooklyn Park, Minn., fire chief after one of his daughters was targeted -- not once, but twice -- by online predators. "For the first time, we had a threat we didn't know how to protect her from," Ken said. Ken and his wife, Deb, will share their story and speak about keeping children safe online at Twin Bluff Middle School Thursday evening.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission neither gave the go-ahead nor the red light to a proposed wind farm for Goodhue County.
They have put in a combined 40 years at Red Wing Public Library. But come Saturday, both Pat Martin and Patti Tieskoetter will officially be retired. "I had no idea when I started this what a great job this is," Martin said. "It was the right field." "Oh, yes," Tieskoetter agreed. Tieskoetter's official last day was Jan. 24. Martin's will be Saturday, after she leads her final family story time. Martin began her career at Red Wing Public Library in 1991 as a part-time clerk.
When Forest Wipperling was first hired to the Red Wing Police Department in the 1950s, he went from ordinary citizen to patrol officer in one simple step. "To become a police officer in those years, all you had to do was sign up," the retired Red Wing police chief said. After accepting the part-time position from then-chief Eric Carlson, Wipperling bought himself his uniform: grey shirts, black wool pants and a trucker's cap. Then, with nearly no training and just a quick swearing in from the mayor, Wipperling was handed a gun and a badge. "I was a cop.
A racial discrimination lawsuit brought against Zumbrota Mazeppa School District by three black students has been settled. A document filed in U.S. District Court shows the case was settled Feb. 12 in a nine-hour settlement conference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tony Leung in St. Paul. The three students, who are sisters, filed the federal lawsuit with the help of attorney Joshua Williams July 27, alleging racial discrimination, that they were subjected to a hostile environment and violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
Beginning next school year, kindergartners at Cannon Falls Elementary School will be in their desks five days a week. Late last month, the Cannon Falls School Board voted to implement all-day, everyday kindergarten. Previously, the district has only offered kindergarten free of charge every other day. Supt. Beth Giese has advocated the change for four years. "It is so vitally important that we get these kids all day, every day.
It's taken years of planning and discussion, but Mayo Clinic Health System announced this week that it will build a new medical center on Cannon Falls' south side. The decision was made last week, a statement from Mayo Clinic said. "We're ecstatic that we'll have the opportunity to build a new facility," Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls CEO Tom Witt said. Mayo Clinic Health System hopes to break ground this spring and have the new medical center up and running by fall 2014.
A fire destroyed a Stanton Township house Tuesday afternoon, the Cannon Falls Police Department reported. Crews were dispatched to the home owned by Dennis and Jan Dunker at about 2:05 p.m., Assistant Fire Chief Todd Anderson said. No one was home when the fire started, and by the time crews arrived on scene, flames were coming out of the roof. Anderson said they initially tried fighting the blaze from inside the house, but once firefighters got inside, the ceiling fell on them. "There was no saving it," he said.
Jonathan Friesen was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome when he was 19 years old. But the Minnesota native had been experiencing the twitches, spasms and tics for more than a dozen years before that. The condition not only caused his arms and facial muscles to move constantly and without his control, but it also did something much more painful. It made him invisible, Friesen said. "To be ignored or to be mocked.