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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Charles Lindbergh is back home. The 4-foot cast bronze statue of the pilot as a boy, reported missing to Red Wing Police Thursday, was returned to the city Monday night. Police Chief Tim Sletten said that a man notified city officials Sunday, saying he knew where the statue was and that he was willing to bring it back. Arrangements were made and the statue was returned around 8 p.m. Monday.
A Cannon Falls man pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree manslaughter charges for causing the 2009 death of 2-year-old Jazmyn Weiker-Hanson. Justin David Lake, 30, faces a minimum of 58 months in jail, Assistant Goodhue County Attorney Erin Kuester said. Lake admitted in a plea hearing Monday that the toddler had fallen off of a bed and began to cry. To distract Weiker-Hanson, he said, he swung the toddler around by her ankles.
A Rochester man faces felony charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a Cannon Falls girl nearly four years ago. Bradford Lee Dahlenburg, 37, has been charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to a criminal complaint, Dahlenburg assaulted the girl, who is now 17, when she was a seventh-grader.
Editor's note: This is the fifth of five stories profiling award-winning businesses honored at Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting. More than 550 people work at Norwood and BIC Graphic North America in Red Wing. That makes the company one of the biggest employers in the city. "We're a large part of the community," said Tim Dunford, general manager at the Red Wing site. That consciousness of the important role they play in Red Wing is part of the reason the firm was named manufacturer of the year by the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce in January.
Suzanne Walstrom, a former correctional officer at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing, already faces criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting three boys while they were inmates there. Now Walstrom, 38, of Plum City, is facing civil lawsuits from two of the alleged victims. Devondre Lamont Lindsey and Darrelle Ray Moore - now both adults - filed separate lawsuits in Ramsey County District Court this week, each citing damages caused by sexual assaults.
It's a chance to sit in on a Supreme Court case, see the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian Museums, and possibly speak with some the country's lawmakeres. Thirteen Goodhue students are planning and raising money for a trip to Washington, D.C., this spring. "We hope that all the things we teach get reinforced and they get to experience it themselves," said Josh Wieme, social studies teacher at Goodhue and supervisor for the trip.
A group urging a domestic partnership registry in Red Wing is taking the next steps to making the registry a reality. Red Wing Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays held a public forum Tuesday evening at Christ Episcopal Church at which a proposed first draft of the ordinance was shown to the public. "We can live up to our own dreams that we are a community that embraces diversity," local attorney Jack Strobel said in support of the registry. Strobel helped write the proposed draft of the ordinance and explained some of the language in it during the forum.
Brian Suter says he's never really thought of himself as a political person. But the Red Wing firefighter and paramedic has firmly planted himself on one side of a very political issue. This weekend, Suter will make his second trip to Madison, Wis., to join people protesting Gov. Scott Walker's bill limiting public unions' collective bargaining rights. "I think the big reason that people are really standing up to this ... (is that) people are having their rights infringed on," Suter said.
Artwork done by elementary school students usually gets displayed in the predictable places: the refrigerator door or the hallway at school. This weekend, student artwork will get a more upscale showing - complete with frames and name plaques - when the Red Wing Art Association's annual student show opens Saturday evening. "This is a way to bring attention to artists in our schools," RWAA Director Dan Guida said. The exhibit will feature artwork from kindergartners through 12-graders from Red Wing, Ellsworth, Goodhue and Lake City.
Editor's note: This is the fourth of five stories profiling award-winning businesses honored at Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting. Good customer service is hard find, according to Lisa Daniels. Which is why she and her husband, Troy, strive to provide "impeccable" service to their customers at Ace Hardware in Red Wing. "We appreciate that people come in. We don't expect them to come in," she said. In January, Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce named Ace Hardware its retailer of the year. The main reason for the award? "(Ace Hardware) has the best customer service.