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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A Frontenac man faces a gross misdemeanor charge after authorities allege he abused a black Labrador puppy.
Whether they worked for him, served on a board with him or just lived in the Red Wing community, people seem to have the same thing to say about Jim Grantman: he was a genuinely good person. "This guy was nothing but amazing," said Randy Juliar, one of Grantman's former employees. "He had a heart of gold." "Just an absolute real, real, real gentleman," added Joe Goggin, who served on the Red Wing Area Fund Board with Grantman. "He gave a lot — not only of his resources, but of himself."
It's no secret that things like broccoli, kale and tomatoes don't always top kids' favorite food lists. But a new program at Red Wing Farmers Market is working to get kids learning about the fruits and vegetables their parents often dish out at dinner time.
A Wisconsin court of appeals has denied a Welch man who was convicted of first-degree premeditated homicide the right to a new trial based on new evidence. A District III court of appeals handed down the decision to Jeffrey Daniel Burr, 27, Tuesday. Burr was convicted Feb. 20, 2002, for the murder of Ronald Ross, 51. On March 9, 2001, Burr beat and kicked Ross while at a party at a Red Wing residence, Wisconsin court documents say. He and others then drove Ross into Wisconsin and dumped him in a wooded area.
On Tuesday evening, neighbors across the country will gather in parks, on street corners and in yards for the 30th annual National Night Out event, hosted by National Association of Town Watch. The goal is to discourage crime by allowing neighbors to get to know each other better and encourage neighborhood watch groups. Red Wing will be no different. This is the 15th year that the city has held its version of the event, called Night to Unite. This year, there will be more than 20 neighborhood gatherings across the city.
When Cindy and Jim VanWinkle bought Life's Little Oasis in 1998, they had almost no retail experience. "We just have bungled our way through owning a business," Cindy VanWinkle said. "We've made many mistakes along the way, but it's a learning process." The trinket and gift store officially opened Dec. 26, 1998. Then, the store was located in a small area on the main floor of Pottery Place Historic Center.
It's been one month since Minnesota's new cigarette tax - which increased state taxes by $1.60 per pack - went into effect July 1. That brings the total Minnesota tax to $2.83 per pack. Now, the owner of Red Wing's only smoke shop is saying the tax's impact has "absolutely" been felt by his business. Moe Wazwaz said cigarette sales have dropped about 60 percent at Red Wing Smoke Shop in four weeks. "The store is a lot slower," he said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a mussel survey in the pool at Lock & Dam No. 3 this week and next week. The survey is in preparation for a pool-wide drawdown, which will take place in the coming years, corps biologist Dan Kelner said. During the drawdown, the pool water level is reduced, allowing some native plants to regrow. However, the reduced water level can put native mussel populations at risk, Kelner said. "It's very important that we have an idea of the impacts on mussels," Kelner said.
Jeanette Jablonske recently launched J.J. Mobility, a non-emergency transportation service for the elderly, disabled or "really for anyone who needs travel," she said. The inspiration for the company, Jablonske said, came as she was helping care for her parents before they passed away. "Trying to get (my mom) to outings was difficult," she said. J.J. Mobility will transport people just about anywhere, Jablonske said, including family gatherings, parks and the airport. "It's not just medical appointments," she said.
Jarrod DeMond is just 29 years old. But the Red Wing resident has been doing custom upholstery for nearly 15 years. DeMond's mother, Tammy Kokott, owned a custom upholstery business in DeMond's native southern Illinois. Because it was a family business, "you're always helping out," DeMond said. Now DeMond is bringing his experience to Red Wing. Kokott recently retired, and DeMond opened JDeMond's Custom Upholstery July 1. "I decided that I wanted to do that," he said.