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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PEPIN -- Cody Raethke doesn't say much. "He's pretty quiet," football coach and math teacher Mike Olson said of the Pepin High School graduate.
Summer school has been a longtime offering for Red Wing High School students who need to make up credits. Now, younger students will get the same opportunity, not to make up missing assignments, but to get a head start for the coming year. "It's really to provide that boost," Burnside Elementary Principal Sheila Beckner said.
Tom Zibble is looking forward to taking a few more vacations. The 63-year-old owner of Zibble Agency Inc. said playing multiple roles in the insurance agency that's been in his family since the 1940s left him with few days off. But this spring, that changed. On March 1, Zibble Agency merged with Lawrence-Bohmbach Agency, another well-established insurance agency in Red Wing.
The Red Wing School District is weighing enrollment in a state health insurance plan. Public Employee Insurance Program essentially acts as a middleman between public employees and insurance companies. "PEIP may be a way of sustaining that long-term health insurance benefit," Education Minnesota Red Wing President Kirby Hanson said. Rising insurance premiums statewide led Education Minnesota to begin investigating PEIP about two years ago.
For John Falconer, owner of Falconer Vineyards, transitioning from former potter to pizza maker was natural leap; his newly built 750-degree pizza oven puts him on familiar territory. "It's just a kiln, really," Falconer said. This weekend will be the grand opening of the Bistro at the vineyard, a project Falconer and his wife, Ann Lowe, started last summer. Falconer operated Red Wing Stoneware Co. from the 1980s until 1998, when, after a very brief retirement, he started the vineyard. After allowing five years for the vines to mature, Falconer opened the winery in 2003.
Building a two-family home is proving to have dual benefits for a couple of Red Wing organizations. The Housing and Redevelopment Authority joined forces with Minnesota State College-Southeast Technicial's carpentry program to build a twin home on the city's east side. "It's a great way for the students to have a solid project," HRA community redevelopment coordinator Renee Lorence said. In addition, the house is allowing the HRA to address the city's need for affordable housing.
The Zumbrota police officer who killed Thomas Robinson last January to protect Robinson's wife has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. Rice County Attorney G. Paul Beaumaster said in a statement released Friday that he determined last week Officer Robert Jarrett "acted appropriately and responded as he should have." Goodhue County could not review the case because it is the prosecuting agency for Zumbrota and therefore the case was sent to Rice County. Jarrett had accompanied Rebecca Robinson, 28, to her home in Zumbrota on Jan. 31, 2011, to remove some personal items.
Red Wing School Board members have called it "comprehensive." Administration says it's a "long-range" plan. There's no doubt that Red Wing School District's new strategic plan is a large document with many detailed components. And yet, despite the amount of information it contains, when the plan was unveiled to teachers for the first time at a workshop April 25, they were generally happy with it. "From what I've heard, (reaction is) mostly positive," Education Minnesota Red Wing President Kirby Hanson said. "I think it something that is necessary.
Red Wing's Katie Kesti said putting is usually the weakest part of her game. So why the junior suddenly found it to be her biggest help at the Red Wing Invitational Tuesday is a mystery to her. "I got the speed of the green finally and just started knocking them in," she said. Kesti took home medalist honors with a score of 72, which helped propel her team to a first-place finish in the 17-team meet at Mississippi National Golf Links. The Wingers tied New Prague with a team score of 322.