Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.
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A wise person once said, "Laughter is the best medicine." Although the anonymous quote holds no cure for all the sniffs, snuffs and coughs of the season, the simple line offers an alternative outlook - or Saturday evening -- as funny-man Billy Gardell performs his comedic stand-up routine at Treasure Island Resort and Casino. The show begins at 8 p.m. today. The Pittsburgh native is best known for starring in the CBS television series "Mike & Molly," which debuted in 2010. The show follows the romantically comedic life Mike Biggs (Gardell) and Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy).
Students in Red Wing High School teacher Mrs. Kristin Bray's Drawing and Painting 2/3 class began by taking photographs around Red Wing, then used those photographs as inspiration to create multimedia artworks. Hundreds of photographs later, "the students created wonderful depictions of the city and in the process, really valued taking the time to really see and appreciate the beauty of Red Wing," Bray said, "The results are spectacular." The final pieces can be seen at a first-of-a-kind opening artists' reception Monday Jan.
The annual Snow, Lights and Sounds is set for Friday Dec. 30. Traditionally held the last weekday of the year, the gathering of friends, family and familiar faces blended with a love for music creates the harmonious hometown atmosphere that 26-year-old founder Sam Brown said he was looking for. Tying in a personal passion for music with an influx of friends coming home for winter break, Brown six years ago crafted the idea of a new homegrown Holiday tradition. "Building community through music is what I'm about," Red Wing native Brown said.
As the seasons change, most work lives thrive on as usual - minus the dissolving daylight. But for one business owner, the transforming terrain marks a new season, shifting thoughts from crops to catchy compositions. Steven Schwen, humble owner of Oak Center General Store based in rural Lake City, respects the change from the earth. The store is the home base for Earthen Path Organic Farm, a 14-acre fruit, herb and vegetable farm that provides part of the produce for their Community Supported Agriculture program. Shares are purchased and produce is picked up weekly.
The Red Wing High School will present "Alien Equation" by Annie Maccoby with Jeff Church. Students will stage the annual fall children's play at 5 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 12 and 5 and 7 p.m. Friday Oct.
Soapbox Players presents 30 Neo-futurist plays from "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes." Julie Martin directs this production, created by Greg Allen and written by an experimental theatre troupe from Chicago called the Neo-Futurists. As the long name implies, there are 30 short plays performed in 60 minutes, but this is not a typical production of short plays. The order is determined by the audience. The program includes a menu of plays identified by number and title.
"Humans associate music with time and people in their lives. I guess, I've done that and I figured everyone does," Suzanne Fabian-West says. A lifetime of singing and a few years of guitar-playing have given her the tools not only to make her world go round, but also to give others a glimpse of a sometimes forgotten world. Originally from Elyria, Ohio, Fabian-West has been surrounded by music since her youth. "My mother sang in church choir and my sister played piano," she said, "I was in chorus, church choir and school plays.
HAGER CITY -- From the familiar aromas of Red Wing to the oddly recognizable whiffs of dog food, my five-minute trip to Hager City opened my eyes and nasal passages. Just a jog from the border, the unincorporated census-designated village is located in the township of Trenton in Pierce County. From the passersby perspective, the city amounts to an industrial playground as Thomas & Betts Corporation and Nestle Purina Petcare Company line the each scenic highway.
BAY CITY - "Over the river and through the wood to grandmother's house we go" starts the holiday croon - and, on this sublime day, the beginning of an afternoon trip. With Barn Bluff reflecting in my rear view mirror and eastbound eyes on the road, I traveled, and as poet Lydia Maria Child put it best, over the river and through the woods. Although grandmother's house was not my intended destination, the loved lyric sums up the simple cruise. The river town lies on Lake Pepin's curves.
Editor's note: This is the third part in a series about extreme sports. WACOUTA - Nestled in between the lush valleys of the Mississippi River lives Lake Pepin. Glimpses of the past merge with modern-day thrills, making the lake a lifelong oasis for visitors and residents alike. The self-proclaimed "birthplace of waterskiing" holds a massive history of tall tales, tragedy, triumphs and, for the aqua-crazed, water sports. Lake Pepin dweller Kyle Mehrkens has resided in Wacouta his entire life.