Every year millions of people attend county, district or state fairs and tell their friends about the great time they had. Maybe it was your first encounter seeing a cow, riding the Ferris wheel, eating a corn dog, serving as a superintendent for 30 years, or even getting engaged; but it happened at the fair. Now it's time to share your story with the rest of the state. Your story could be from the past or something even from the present year.
This weekend is River City Days, and the third annual Antique Boat Show at Bay Point Park is looking for preserved or restored boats, motors or anything with some maritime history. The show runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the boat launch. It is nice to see a few boats in the water, too. Visitors enjoy seeing the talent of a true craftsman that bring down their homemade canoes, kayaks and boats.
The Republican Eagle is instituting a new policy requiring that readers "pay" for the First Amendment right to express, and explain why, who or what they support or oppose at the voting booth. The Eagle isn't the first and won't be the last newspaper to begin charging readers for election endorsement letters. As a former editor, I appreciate the arguments presented. It's still disappointing, and I respectfully disagree. I encourage the newspaper to review the impact of this new policy and to revise accordingly.
High-flying, fast paced dirt bike and ATV racing will be featured as the preview show for the Pierce County Fair! The Supercross Racing event will start at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27 at the Fairgrounds Grandstand in Ellsworth. You will see racers jump 70-foot triples, navigate bermed corners and pound through the whoops. Local racers are invited to sign up for the races — as young as 4 years old and as old as 50. Pit gate and sign up will open at 3 p.m., practice will start at 6 p.m. (for race entrants only), and the racing will start at 7 p.m.
Don't let downtown construction sour your summer. Sweeten it up with an invigorating walk through our historic downtown, while doing your shopping. Take the pledge to Park & Walk, and follow posted signs to free parking spots. Then, mark how many steps it takes you to get from your parking spot to your destination. There will be signs throughout downtown with attached markers for everyone to use. Let's see how m any steps we can take downtown this summer.
Give Winger football a shot: Support the program It's my distinct honor and that of the coaches to lead a program affiliated with giants like Bob Celt, Russ Marshall and Paul Schmitt. I was built by Winger football and am forever grateful for the experience.
ZUMBROTA — Ann Reed and Dan Chouinard have hosted a monthly community sing-along in St. Anthony Park for five years and counting. As a fundraising event for their friend Peter Ostroushka, they are bringing it to Zumbrota. Join the fun at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21, when Reed and Chouinard will choose a bunch of familiar songs and audience requests, then project lyrics on a big screen so a noisy time is had by all. Come take part in what people used to do often and raise funds to help stroke survivor Ostroushko.
The Red Wing bridge project team has sore feet. I'm not making any excuses, actually there are no excuses. But inevitably on every major bridge project I've worked on there is at least once when project team members stub their toes during the multi-year construction phase and has to re-group. This past week, we stubbed a couple of toes.
Yesterday a neighbor left an invitation at our house, asking us to join neighbors to cool off in their pool that evening. "After 6 PM, plastic and cans only, no glass please!" What a surprise! Their generous invitation — one we couldn't accept as we already had cool-down plans — made me think about the importance of simple, thoughtful actions in ensuring the comfort, health and safety of folks in a community.
Welcome to Red Wing — what's not to love? Charming downtown. Bluffs. River views. Growing up in this community and still a frequent visitor, I also value the outskirts of town. Hay Creek Township has miles of state trails and a peaceful, rural vibe. But rows of dumpsters, environmental risks, and truck traffic? That's new and unexpected.