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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Evan Hallstrom, the third-generation owner of Hallstrom's Florist and Greenhouses, died Tuesday morning at Fairview Red Wing Medical Center. He was 89. Hallstrom served in the U.S. Army during World War II. According to a 1995 Republican Eagle article, Hallstrom used a 8mm movie camera to record his experiences while stationed in Italy. He shot things ranging from everyday life for the soldiers to starving families scrounging for food.
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.
There were counterfeit money investigations, fingerprint dusting and laboratory testing.
Anthony Simons, current superintendent of Elkton, S.D., Public Schools, has accepted the superintendent position at Zumbrota-Mazeppa Schools. The School Board is negotiating a contract with him, Chairman James Wendt said. Simons has five years experience as a superintendent, all at Elkton schools. He also has 14 years experience as a middle and elementary school principal and experience as an athletic director. In his resume, Simons calls himself an "advocate for all children." Previously, the board had offered the position to Steven Wymore of Baudette, Minn.
The Minnesota House and Senate passed similar education budget bills this week, each including provisions that would eliminate tenure for schoolteachers. Under both plans, teacher pay and jobs would depend on the achievement of their students. Teachers traditionally are paid based on their years of service, something Republicans who control the House and Senate strongly oppose. For the next two years, both education bills would spend about the same $14 billion as in the current budget. The entire state budget is about $34 billion.
Last year, Faith in Action volunteers drove more than 17,000 miles, transporting older Red Wing residents to doctor appointments, church and other activities. Now, to help raise money for its programs, Faith in Action is holding a gala event at the Sheldon Theatre, complete with wine, hors d'oeuvres and a showing of the film "Driving Miss Daisy." "Part of this is telling our story," said George Snyder, a member of FIA's board of directors. The 1989 Oscar-winning film stars Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman and portrays the relationship between an elderly woman and her hired driver. Fait
Police arrested a Red Wing man Wednesday night following a robbery and assault at Liquor King, 827 Main St. Ross Girdeen, 26, was arrested on aggravated robbery charges after allegedly robbing the store and assaulting a clerk. According to Red Wing police, Girdeen had attempted to buy a bottle of alcohol, but didn't have enough money and was too intoxicated to be sold alcohol. When the clerk refused the sale, Girdeen allegedly fled the store with the bottle. The clerk chased him into the parking lot where he hit the clerk over the head with the bottle, police said.
Before the April showers and the May flowers, the sap starts running in the trees. It may not be as visible as tulips sprouting or puddles forming on the ground, but it's a sure sign that warmer weather is on its way. "It's a harbinger of spring.
This week, the National Weather Service is predicting the Mississippi River will crest Friday morning at around 13.5 feet. That's half of a foot shy of minor flood stage. Two weeks ago, those predictions had the river reaching well over the major flood stage of 16 feet. The reason behind the drastic change in predictions? "Primarily it's because it was so cold.