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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Nestled at the bottom of a winding decent off a lengthy stretch of Highway 61 sits the picturesque valley of Welch. Easily passable, the tiny niche is tucked on the Cannon River and the village boasts of a post office, ice cream shop, bar and a river tubing outfitter. Behind its dainty size and storybook-like charm, thrives the unique gathering of individuals creating the close-knit community - including master glassblower Chuck Goranowski.
Eight Minnesota poets, including Red Wing's Robert Hedin, will read Friday from "Perfect Dragonfly," a book Red Dragonfly Press has produced for its 15-year anniversary. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Anderson Center. The poets -- Joyce Sutphen, Freya Manfred, Larry Garvin, James Lenfestey, Joe Paddock, Nancy Paddock, Steve Wilbirs and -- represent all areas of the state and have been writing poet for decades.
City receives finance award The city of Red Wing was awarded a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting for the second year in a row.
The fresh fragrance of blooming spring flowers and the picturesque Wisconsin winding roads of the Lake Pepin and Chippewa River valleys will entice the senses as people take in this year's annual self-guided Fresh Art Tour, organizers said. Twelve years after it's beginning, the spring tour will feature 14 local studios and galleries. From paintings to clay to jewelry to hand-forged metal, tourists are able to meet creators and see their works in their homes and studios. Many of these artists are also garden enthusiasts, creating artistic experiences on many levels.
From famed Minnesota Twin Joe Mauer to local indie band Solid Gold to Red Wing native Paul Rutledge, hometown-heros join together in Explore Minnesota's latest television advertisement. The airing commercial production paints a picture of the state with colorful contrasted cinematography, witty visual characteristics and a uniquely irresistible jubilation. which Rutledge leads. Sporting a blue-green lumberjack-plaid shirt, he strums and croons the lic' united with other thick-accented northern folk for the mastered medley.
The Sheldon Theatre is transforming into the Paris Opera House as Red Wing High School prepares to bring "The Phantom of the Opera" to life next weekend. After three-plus months of non-stop rehearsals led by Director Sean Dowse, cast members said they are confidently excited about their production. With a recent move to the Sheldon stage after inhabiting the old gymnasium at Jefferson School, the transitions from atmospheres was challenging.
A simple line from a living will form inspired Minnesotan musician Neal Topliff's eighth solo piano CD title, "My Hopes and Wishes." Faced with challenges both physical and emotional, Topliff found strength to create a collection of pieces surrounding challenging times. A majority of the songs were composed within the last six months after Topliff was battling his own life. Last October he found himself in the hospital with severe abdominal pains, later diagnosed as diverticulitis. The disease caused a pin-hole rupture in his intestine.
Lori Horsic of Red Wing decided to pursue her lifelong passion of photography after 20 years of working as a local mental health counselor. Horsic's distinctive photographs are created by applying computer-generated special effects to original photos to produce unique interpretations of the image. Her most recent collection of photographs is on display at Fairview Red Wing Medical Center.
Ponds, creeks, rivers and lakes have been busy with a variety of birds, ducks, geese and swans with the budding new season. Swans are rare to the area and are either migrating through or nesting, according to Red Wing local Shannon Walker. The self-proclaimed "swaner" has had an infatuation with the family of birds known for their elegance, iconic beauty and pristine cultural value her entire life. "It's so strange to see them here," Walker said, who recently spotted the pure white male swan near the waters of Pottery Pond.
As the sounds of spring blossom outdoors, the Sheldon Theatre welcomes in the new season with the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band and its spring concert, "Brass Fantasy." Heading into its 21st season of brassy music-making excellence, the band will produce its trademark traditional British-style brass music and play a broad variety of musical styles. "There will be two big pieces," said John Mundy, Wabasha. Mundy, who plays the B-flat cornet in the band, described the two largest ballads of the show.