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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Editor's note: Reporter Stacy Bengs traveled with her fiance to Hawaii where they played disc golf and camped. Traveling is an exciting experience no matter where the destination. Whether the sun is heating up your skin on the beaches of Maui or white-capped colossal mountains reflect against crystal lakes in the bay of Alaska, the adventures a person can create while exploring new territory are endless, especially when a common interest can create a bond with a local twist.
The Event Center lineup Pawn Stars -- doors open at 9 a.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25. Kenny Rogers -- concert is 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $38 and $48. Vince Gill -- concert is 8 p.m. March 25. Tickets are $55 or $65. Ray Price -- concert is 8 p.m. March 27. Tickets are $20 and $30. Sylvia Browne -- concert is 8 p.m. April 21. Tickets are $38 and $48. Canadian Tenors -- concert is 8 p.m. April 30. Tickets are $25 and $35 Heat will rise from the Event Center at Treasure Island Resort & Casino as the spring thaw slowly approaches.
In honor of Presidents Day, Red Wing citizens take a moment to answer a simple question. "Who is your favorite president and why?" Jim Morrison, social studies teacher at the Red Wing High School Teddy Roosevelt, 26th president, 1901-1909. "He is prominent political figure that believed in war enough to resign and go fight." Major Kris Johnson, Goodhue County Sheriff's Office. Thomas Jefferson, third president from 1801-1809.
Twin Bluff Middle School students will perform rhythm-satisfying scores when they present the musical "Once on This Island" this weekend. As the cast puts the final touches on the play after six weeks of continuous rehearsals, the energy emitting from their eager personalities fills the aged auditorium. "The show is really exciting," seventh-grader Jolie Crandell said. "There is never a dull moment for the audience." The play is based on the story of TiMoune, a peasant girl who falls in love with a young wealth-born Daniel.
The smell of love is in the air as Valentine's Day approaches. Sweet scents of creamy chocolates and sugared heart-shaped candies are iconic aromas of the charmed holiday, however the simple power of the flower has continuously tantalized nostrils since the formation of the annual celebration. Roses have traditionally symbolized the meaning of love and have been the most demanded flower for the holiday.
Dan Wiemer of Red Wing is probably best known locally for his watercolor paintings. A member of the Red Wing Arts Association, he is a professional artist; his work includes commercial and commissioned pieces. His work will be among items featured at the Winter Art Fair today at Sargent's. What is your preferred art medium? Watercolor and acrylics painting and I prefer to work on paper, sometimes on hard board. Where do you get inspiration? From the shapes and rhythm of nature.
Sitting in Ben Harris' warmed, worn fish house, you can almost forget you are on the frozen Mississippi River - except for the fact that you can watch the river calmly flow by 300 feet ahead. "I ask myself every winter why I do this," Harris said with laugh. Still, he said a 20-year fascination with ice fishing has given him something to do during the cold months.