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 look at the bottling process at Flower Valley Vineyard. Republican Eagle photos by Sarah Gorvin
Firework displays almost always begin at dusk. And while the darker sky provides the perfect backdrop for the sparkling bombs, dusk also -- unfortunately -- happens to be prime mosquito feeding time. Experts report that this summer's wet start will mean that the mosquito population may be higher than previous years. So when you're out taking in the fireworks this week and your eyes are directed to the sky, there will more than likely be a few of the blood-thirsty insects buzzing around your arms and legs.
Though they didn't make any final decisions, the Goodhue County Education District Board voted 5-0 Thursday evening to begin exploring options for constructing one building to house its programming. The board's vote came after an hour-long presentation from consultants Don Lifto of Springsted, Roger Worner of Roger Worner Associates, Inc., and John Huenink of Kraus-Anderson Construction. The district hired the consultants in January to review the current physical condition and educational adequacy of its current sites and help determine possibilities for the future.
Jennifer Lappegaard had been working at Watson & Speight, P.A., since 1998, when she was enrolled at the University of Minnesota. And it’s been at least 15 years since she graduated from William Mitchell College of Law and passed the bar exam. Now, she said, it’s time that her name joined stepfather Kent Speight’s on the firm’s window. “I’ve been second-in-command for a long time,” Lappegaard said. “We’ve talked about it for a long time,” Speight said. “It’s time to get it done.” Officially, Lappegaard became a shareholder and the name changed to Lappegaard & Speight P.A.
What do you need to know before starting your own business? Four students from Red Wing High School would be more than willing to answer that question. Recent graduates Brian Barlow and Hallie Flanders and incoming seniors Jon Ramit and Austin Wiles make up the school's SkillsUSA entrepreneurship team. They spent all last school year researching and constructing a business plan for Barlow's small business Norse Thunder Sound and Lighting.
Last year, when the Red Wing Family YMCA created its Summer Enrichment and Recreation program, children were able to go on field trips, play in Red Wing’s parks and keep up-to-date on their math and reading skills. This year’s summer enrichment program kicked off Tuesday with an added feature: a bag full of food for children in need. The United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties has teamed up with the Red Wing Family YMCA to continue the Packing for the Weekend program throughout the summer months. “It sounded like a win-win,” said Y Youth Development Director Josh Thygesen.
The Anderson Center already boasts a long list of attractions -- including artist studios, art gallery space, a landmark water tower, a sculpture garden and a fully restored barn and silo -- that draw people to the historical site on the edge of Red Wing. Now, thanks to Tower View Alternative Center's community interactions class, there will be one more: a mile-long grass track with five exercise stations along the way. The track officially opened to the public May 31.
Sue Ryan never considered moving Indigo Salon out of its storefront at 325 Main St. The longtime Red Wing salon owner had occupied the first and second floors of the Indigo Building since she opened New Year's Eve 1999. But earlier this spring, Indigo Properties -- the building's owner -- leased a large portion of the second floor to the Red Wing Shoe Co. to house offices for its Vasque brand.
Red Wing School Board Support personnel contracts OK'd Red Wing School Board approved 6-0 new contracts with the support personnel group for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years. The new contracts include pay raises comparable to other bargaining units' settlements, Supt. Karsten Anderson said. In general, the group will receive a .5 percent salary increase each year, with the top step receiving a 1 percent increase for 2011-12 and a 2 percent increase for 2012-13.
Twice a month, the Red Wing School Board meets as a whole to discuss issues facing the district. But it's not very often that the board gets to step back and evaluate itself. On Monday evening, the seven members -- and Supt. Karsten Anderson -- got to do just that. The group spent more than three hours discussing where the board is, how board members are working together and what could be done in the future to improve board practices.