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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MIESVILLE - Cruising northbound at a steady 65 mph on Highway 61 the last bend of the road opens to a broad horizon as my car climbs from the Cannon River valley. As aged windmills dot the breezy blue sky and two lanes become one, the gradually decreasing speed of my coast catches my attention. I'm heading into another community where everyone knows everyone, Miesville. The roaring highway noise diminishes as the car cuts through the tiny cluster of life - gone in a blink of an eye for the average passerby. For a one-street wonder, Miesville has it all.
GOODHUE -- On an unusually balmy day, I set out for an afternoon escape to the land where the cows outnumber the residents - Goodhue. With an effortless drive, windows down and cloudless blue skies, my visual senses were indulged as the road descended through the bloomed valleys of Hay Creek rising to stoic fields of Goodhue County's priceless farmland.
Cannon River Winery, a premier Minnesota wine producer, will officially unveil the first ever Sogn Series Artist Labels at an upcoming release party. The new wine labels, created by residing artists, will be featured on the 2010 vintage Sogn Blanc and Sogn Blush wines. Local artists were asked to create their interpretation of Cannon River's picturesque vineyard. Dozens of entries were received and displayed at the winery.
The Red Wing flower baskets were born some 20 years ago after Phil Revoir, a Noontime Kiwanis member, returned from a trip to Canada where he saw something similar and then persuaded the club and the city to cooperate on the project. It began with a dozen baskets. This year there will be about 220 filled, according to Kiwanis member Rich Lyon, who coordinates with Bill Rooney of Public Works. Sargent's and Hallstrom's experimented over the years before they came up with the colorful combination of Supertunia, petunias, million bells and ivy geranium.
Summer vacation is nearly around the corner. With endless entertainment aimed for the family to just the girls, there is something everyone can enjoy. Take advantage of what the area has to offer with a sneak peek of this summer's guide to entertainment. Cannon River Rendezvous The fur trade was an essential part of the 18th and 19th century history of the region that was to become Minnesota. The Cannon River Rendezvous is a re-enactment of an early 1800s fur trade rendezvous.
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.