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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The five-year strategic plan proposed April 4 was approved 7-0 by the Red Wing School Board Monday night. The plan will be rolled out April 25 at the scheduled staff development day. A few changes were made to the plan proposed two weeks ago. A fifth improvement focus area - professional development - was added to the original four: curriculum, interventions, culture and behavior and teacher and administrator effectiveness.
For the past three years, the Red Wing School District has been working to improve the quality of education it provides students in order to meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards. At their regular board meeting Monday night, the School Board will vote whether or not to adopt a five-year strategic plan to keep them on course with their improvement plans.
A former Cannon Falls man was sentenced in Goodhue County district court Friday to 58 months in prison for the 2009 death of 2-year-old Jazmyn Weiker-Hanson. Justin David Lake, 31, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter last month. Weiker-Hanson's mother, Tabitha Hanson, tearfully told Judge Kevin Mark Friday how her life has changed since the death of her daughter. "Without (Jazmyn) in my life, I feel my life has no meaning," she said. "I didn't just lose my daughter. I lost most of myself," she said. Weiker-Hanson's aunt and grandmother also spoke to the judge Friday.
Students registering for next fall's classes at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School won't just have to choose between political science and economics or between art and accounting. Now, some of them will be deciding between classroom or living room. Next fall, Kenyon Wanamingo will launch a pilot program for online learning that will allow students to take up to three courses over the Internet. "We feel the trend will keep pushing in that (online) direction," Kenyon Wanamingo High School Principal Patrick Walsh said.
Now that warmer temperatures are here, untrimmed shrubs, peeling paint and crumbling retaining walls can become eyesores without their thick layers of snow. Which is why Greg Fjetland decided this spring was the perfect time to launch his outdoor business, All Seasons Inc.
A powerful aftershock of the March 11 earthquake shook Japan Thursday, reportedly killing four people and causing widespread power outages. The aftershocks of the quake and subsequent problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant are still being felt here in Minnesota, too, but in a much more figurative form. Public concern about the safety of nuclear power plants has grown.
Last year, nearly 90 percent of women who delivered their babies in Red Wing breastfed, said Ann Beckman, a certified lactation consultant at Fairview Red Wing Medical Center. While it seems that breastfeeding is something that would come naturally to both mother and baby, it does have a learning curve, Beckman said. "The first couple of weeks are the most challenging," Beckman said.
Following the pending closure of St. Joseph Catholic School announced earlier this year, Red Wing Public Schools will be creating an additional section of second grade for the next school year. The School Board approved the decision, aimed mainly at keeping class size down, 7-0 Monday night. Currently, St. Joe's has 15 kids in first grade. Red Wing Supt. Stan Slessor said 14 of them are expected to enroll in the public school next year.
Goodhue's varsity Knowledge Bowl team - Caroline Johnson, Kaleb Luhman, Michelle Poncelet, Jonothan Schmitz - also is state-bound. The team qualified for the state tournament at the regional meet in Rochester March 17, coach Regina Poncelet said. This is the first time a team from Goodhue has qualified for the state competition. Poncelet said she's not surprised by her team's success. "They've been working toward this since they were seventh-graders.
The Red Wing High School varsity Knowledge Bowl team doesn't take itself too seriously. Max Christensen, Ben Tittle, Grady Nelson, Ben Jones and Charlie Gillmer, the five seniors who make up the team, like to have a good time. "If you're not going to enjoy yourself, why do it?" Christensen said. Knowledge Bowl is a competitive trivia tournament that pits high school teams against each other to answer questions spanning all subjects, from pop culture to math and science. The Red Wing team qualified for state at a regional competition in Rochester two weeks ago.