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Corrine Young is a licensed art teacher, lives on a farm just outside of Stockholm, Wis., and, in 2008, built a cabin on her property so that she would have a "space to do my art," she said. For Young, all of that seemed to point her in one direction: "Well, why not start a learning center?" she said. Running Dog Ranch will officially open its doors this weekend -- during the 100-Mile Garage Sale -- with an open house and instructor demonstrations on things like knitting, horsemanship and painting. "People can come and check it out," Young said. Going forward, the new center will be open
The Goodhue County Education District Board voted 5-0 at its meeting Thursday evening to give the go-ahead to create a mid-level alternative learning center for the 2013-14 school year. The new ALC would serve up to 12 middle school students, GCED Director Cherie Johnson said. The program likely would serve students struggling in traditional middle school settings. By establishing a middle school ALC, the GCED member districts would then be eligible for increased state funding for targeted services for elementary students.
About 300 scaly creatures can now call Red Wing home. That is, until they end up on the end of someone's fishing line. Two men from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources restocked Pottery Pond Thursday morning with a fresh supply of rainbow trout. "We like to provide the opportunity," for people who wouldn't normally get a chance to catch trout -- such as the elderly or disabled -- to do so, DNR Fisheries Supervisor Steve Klotz said.
Monday marked the last day that most people could files their taxes. Assuming you've met the deadline and you'll be getting money back, what are you going to do with your return? Whether you save it, invest it or spend it, University of Minnesota Extension educator Rosemary Heins said there is one thing you should do before cashing that check. "The best way to use the money is to have a plan for figuring out where the money is needed the most," she said. That means having an actual plan put in writing, Heins said.
When Red Wing High School senior Mikayla Cota began her sixth year in speech this past February, she had one goal: to make it to the Minnesota State High School League state speech tournament. On Thursday evening, she could safely cross that task off her list. Cota placed third at the section 1AA speech tournament, qualifying her for the state competition, which will be this Friday in Blaine, Minn. "She has practiced hard," speech adviser Heather Finholm said. "She has definitely earned the spot." Cota has competed in the story telling category throughout her speech career.
The Business and Professional Women's Colloquium is the perfect way for area companies to recognize their employees, organizers say. "So many organizations are working so lean right now. Everyone is doing more with less," Christy Rikli said. "It is especially important for organizations and companies to thank and recognize those that work for them." This is the 27th year for the women's event, which will be April 24 at Treasure Island Resort & Casino.
S.B. Foot Co. was recently named 2013 Tannery of the Year for the Americas Region by World Leather Magazine. Representatives from S.B. Foot and Red Wing Shoe Co., which owns the tannery, accepted the award at a ceremony in Hong Kong last month. The distinction comes after nearly a year and a half of surveying and research by a panel of leather industry experts. "It's a lot like the Oscars.
Even though Red Wing School District's strategic plan is in its third year of implementation, there is still work to do, Director of Teaching and Learning Joe Jezierski told School Board Monday. "There are some things we could improve with it," he said. The plan was adopted with the intention of improving five areas: curriculum, interventions, culture and behavior, teacher and administrator effectiveness and professional development. Jezierski told the board that the plan is lacking two main things.
Christopher L. Nelson became the fourth person to enter the mayoral race when he turned in his affidavit of candidacy late Tuesday afternoon. Nelson, 109 Finrud Ave., said he wants to see "what I can do for the city. "This was an opportunity that I couldn't miss. ... As a young person, I should be more involved in politics," Nelson, 30, said. Nelson moved to Red Wing in 2006. He grew up in Owatonna, Minn., and then earned a degree in law enforcement from the Alexandria Technical and Community College. Nelson also spent nine years in the Army Reserves as a combat engineer.
More than 660 tons of machinery floated through Red Wing Friday morning. A barge carrying two new steam generators -- both destined for Prairie Island nuclear plant's Unit 2 -- passed under the Eisenhower Bridge and in front of Levee and Bay Point parks at about 7:30. The generators are an integral part of the nuclear plant's pressurized water reactor, Xcel Energy Director of Nuclear Regulatory Policy Terry Pickens said. The new generators will replace the pair that has been in operation in Unit 2 for 39 years. "Many (generators) experience problems over the years," Pickens said.