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Work relentlessly with an eye toward the community's future. That mantra emerged as speakers talked about the three 2019 inductees to the Red Wing Women's Hall of Fame. The late Frances Densmore dedicated her life to ensuring that Native American song wasn't lost to the wave of the white man's music. Today, Patty Brown looks to help businesses and the community thrive for decades to come, and Katie Hardyman Morem's focus is on preparing people and Red Wing to make the most of the future.
I got to thinking the other day that journalism has some strange expressions. Using them in public might easily anger or confuse a casual listener. Someone yells, "Where's the dummy?" The person is not talking about anyone — even the editor.
The Republican Eagle recently received the Lynn Smith Community Leadership award. I consider this the highest honor bestowed on a news organization by the Minnesota Newspaper Association, and I know that the honor truly belongs to our community. Smith was the late editor of the Monticello Times and a contemporary of the late RE Editor Phil Duff. Smith spearheaded Minnesota's first Don't Smoke Day in 1974, setting the stage for what today the world knows as the Great American Smokeout.
Bitter cold Saturday apparently resulted in burst pipes at Red Wing High School. Superintendent Karsten Anderson alerted School Board members in the afternoon. Measures to dry out the southern end of the school were well underway.
Sheriff-elect Marty Kelly is recovering from a wood-cutting accident that occurred Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at his home. He was taken by private vehicle that afternoon to Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing where he was treated for several broken ribs as well as hand and wrist injuries, colleagues and family members said. Goodhue County issued a news release Thursday morning stating that Kelly was transported Tuesday to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for follow-up surgery to his hand.
The Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired had students write letters to their hometown and regional newspapers in advance of White Cane Day 2018. Everett Alms of Hudson shared with RiverTown Multimedia what his white cane means to him. "I have gotten used to bringing it whenever I travel or go out to dark places," Alms wrote in the Oct. 13 edition. The 12-year-old's simple, effective letter caught the attention of the Republican Eagle REaders' Board, which met early this month and awarded him a Golden Quill.
First United Methodist Church will again serve Thanksgiving Day dinner to all those who have care to join in good food and fellowship. This is a traditional, made-from-scratch dinner. On average, volunteers expect to serve more than 200 pounds of turkey, 100 pounds of potatoes, several dozen squash, numerous pumpkin pies, homemade gravy, several pounds of homemade stuffing as well as other traditional Thanksgiving meal fixings. The Red Wing First United Methodist Church Men's Cooking group leads the effort.
A fire in a dryer at Crothall Laundry Services brought out a full complement of Red Wing Fire Department engines and ambulances Friday after staff there reported the fire may h ave spread to the roof. The call to 950 Featherstone Road came in before 4:30 p.m. Red Wing Police Department blocked off Featherstone Road at Tile Drive and Maple Street to clear the way for firefighters and to keep the public safe.
"Editing a paper is a nice business," Charles K. Blandin once wrote. He was being sarcastic. Still, he believed in the free press and made it his life, leading both small weeklies and a successful metropolitan daily. The son of a Wisconsin farmer, he also was a teacher at one point and eventually a paper company magnate who took his earnings and created the Blandin Foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minn., so his company would contribute to "the community advantage" long after his death in 1958.
Marty Kelly, a Red Wing police officer and candidate for Goodhue County sheriff, was placed on paid administrative leave Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. City Council Administrator Kay Kuhlman said on Monday this is due to allegations raised against him. "We needed to do an investigation, so that's why he's on paid leave," she said. Kelly had a brief statement. "As far as what happened, I don't have a comment because I don't know why I'm placed on leave," he said in a phone call. "They refused to tell me."