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 fire broke out at Radio Shack in Lake City Wednesday night, causing "substantial damage," Lake City Fire Chief Todd Hubbard said. Fire crews were dispatched at about 7:20 p.m. to the block near Highway 61 and Center Street. The electronics store had already closed for the night, Hubbard said, and no one was inside when the blaze broke out. Crews had the fire contained by 9 p.m., Lake City Fire Department officials said. A fire marshal was brought in Thursday to determine the cause of the fire.
The latest predictions from the National Weather Service, released Thursday, show flooding along the Mississippi River to be less severe than originally thought. Overall, predictions have lowered the crest by about a foot. This is due in large part to the recently cooler temperatures, which have slowed melting. However, there is still a 10 to 50 percent chance of nearing the record flooding levels of 1965, when the river crested at 20.7 feet. As of Friday morning, the river was at 10.13 feet and is forecast to reach 15 feet - moderate flood stage - next Friday.
A Red Wing woman has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in a Minneapolis money laundering scheme. Rochelle Lynn Roen, 37, admitted to buying merchandise at Target and other retailers with counterfeit money and later returning the goods for real cash, the United States Attorney's Office reported. Roen was one of three co-defendants. She entered her plea Jan. 12 in United States District Court in Minneapolis. On Friday, Markeeta Wesley, 32, formerly of Minneapolis, also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in the counterfeit money conspiracy.
"Distance makes the heart grow fonder." Though clichéd, the statement seems to ring true for some people forced to be apart. But for Mike and Alyson Meyers, the exact opposite seems to be closer to the truth. The couple, who were married in July 2008, have been together since they met at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls about five years ago.
GOODHUE -- A green Chevrolet Lumina sat in the parking lot of Goodhue School Monday afternoon. Its windshield was smashed, the hood mangled and the car's body crushed and dented. The car is Goodhue County Sheriff's Office's newest teaching tool and was unveiled at Goodhue School Monday.
The Cannon Falls School Board voted 6-0 to offer the superintendent position to Beth Giese Monday night. Giese is the current principal of Cannon Falls Elementary School. "She's a known commodity to our school district," board chairman Bob Brintnall said. "She's always been very passionate about Cannon Falls education." The board received 29 applications for the position, Brintnall said.
One man was killed and three others were injured after a single car rollover in rural Goodhue County early Saturday morning. Jacob Baalson, 19, of Kenyon was killed when the Ford Windstar he was traveling in left the road and rolled. The accident happened on County Road 30 Boulevard near 50th Avenue. Also injured in the crash were: Nicole Groth, 17, of Zumbrota, Luke Trevis, 18, of Nerstrand, and Chad Lexvold, 19, of Kenyon. All three were taken to St.
Last Friday's earthquake in Japan was caused by the earth's plates moving at the Japan Trench deep in the Pacific Ocean. While Minnesota's geography makes a similar tragedy in Red Wing very unlikely, if not impossible, the city is not completely devoid of the features that cause earthquakes. Barn Bluff, on the edge of Red Wing, is home to one of Minnesota's few exposed faults - the seams created by two slabs of rock moving against one another. "It's really spectacular," said E. Calvin Alexander Jr., a professor in the University of Minnesota's geology and geophysics department.
A Red Wing man has been charged in Eau Claire County Court with reckless homicide for allegedly supplying morphine to a woman who later died of an overdose. Craig A. Harp, 28, faces a first-degree reckless homicide charge as a party to a crime, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. A court complaint filed March 16 alleges that Harp - along with co-defendant Ashley Stock, 21, of Elk Mound, Wis. - supplied 22-year-old Nicole Henning with morphine pills Aug. 8, 2010.
A man died Wednesday afternoon after colliding with a post while skiing at Welch Ski and Snowboard Resort. George Conway, 65, La Crescent, Minn., was pronounced dead at the scene. A witness said he appeared to have lost control and ran into a pole that supports the chair lift. Welch Ski Village staff responded to the scene, along with the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office and Red Wing Ambulance. A helicopter from North Air was also called to assist. An autopsy will be performed.