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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Lucy Boxrud has been working with Deer Crest Assisted Living Facility since before the building was constructed in 2006.
Hunger in Goodhue County seems to be a growing problem. Last month, the number of households enrolled in food assistance programs hit a record high. In fact, the number of households needing help providing meals is more than five times larger than it was 10 years ago.
Red Wing resident Jon Larson said the day he left Haiti after the earthquake that killed his cousin and best friend, Ben Splichal Larson, along with nearly a quarter million others last January, was one of the worst days of his life. On Saturday, Jon, along with Ben's widow Renee Splichal Larson, left Minnesota to return to Haiti for the first time since Ben died. "The thought of going back (brings) a spectrum of emotions," Jon said.
Cole Gilles used to be a good student with high grades. But, within a short time span, his parents divorced and his grandfather passed away. The 15-year-old sophomore found his grades getting worse and worse. "I was mad at the world," Gilles said. Now, a new program offered this semester at Red Wing High School, led by Red Wing Youth Outreach, is helping students like Gilles who are struggling.
The Red Wing School Board selected Karsten Anderson for the superintendent position Wednesday evening. Virginia Dahlstrom, current superintendent at Wadena-Deer Creek, was the other candidate. Anderson is the current superintendent at Watertown-Mayer Public Schools. He has 13 years of experience as a superintendent - 10 of which are at Watertown-Mayer - and is a former school district business manager. During both of his interviews, Anderson stressed the importance of putting students first. "Student achievement has to be the top priority and by far the most important priority.
The Red Wing School Board selected Karsten Anderson for the superintendent position Wednesday night. Anderson is the current superintendent at Watertown-Mayer Public Schools. Virginia Dahlstrom, current superintendent at Wadena-Deer Creek, was the other candidate. The board deliberated for nearly two hours - and had three split votes - before voting unanimously for Anderson. "Both were wonderful candidates," said board member Emily Baldwin. "Both had incredible credentials...
Screwdrivers, spare wires, wrenches and metal scraps litter a long table in the lower level of Tower View Alternative High School. In the middle of the room, an object even more foreign to a typical classroom - a robot - picks up inner tubes and maneuvers them onto a stand. The robot is the creation of the 11 juniors and seniors who make up teacher Josh Nelson's technical systems class.
Though it started out a little slower than usual, this year's flu season has been pretty typical, said Dr. Jack Alexander of Fariview Red Wing Medical Center. Peak season is normally between January and March, he said, and Minnesota seems to be right on track: Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health website upgraded influenza activity in the state from regional to widespread - the highest level of activity. Influenza symptoms include a bad cough, body aches and a high fever - symptoms that can be similar to those of a cold.
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical has been talking about buying Bergwall Arena from the Red Wing School District for years. But the college depended on getting funding from the Legislature to make the sale a reality. That funding never came, and the arena remains property of the school district. Now, the college may have found an alternate source of funding - the Southeast Technical College Foundation - and the sale is primed to become more than just talk. "It seems to be at a point where the offer is much more serious," Red Wing School District Supt. Stan Slessor said.
Rebecca Robinson was in the process of leaving her husband Thomas Robinson when he shot at her. According to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Rebecca's situation is not uncommon. The MCBW released a report Wednesday stating that 15 women in Minnesota were killed last year by their partners. Of those women, ten were attempting to separate or had already separated when they were killed. Guns, like in Rebecca's case, were the most common weapon; ten women were killed using firearms. Lastly, the report says, nearly half of the women had been previously abused by the murderer.