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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."
Ralph Rauterkus and Becky Norton won their respective special elections Tuesday and will be sworn in Aug. 27. Both also will find themselves in the unusual situation of being short-term incumbents who will need to win re-election Nov. 6. It's complicated. That's politics in Red Wing this year because of three City Council resignations. Rauterkus won from a field of six to replace Dustin Schulenberg, who resigned this spring and the existing term expires January 2019.
Baseball. You play home and away. The Red Wing Royal Ambassador scholarship program had to travel for the 2018 “big game,” thanks to both the Sheldon Theatre and Red Wing High School being under construction this summer. The organization made the most of the situation, however, going with the theme “A League of Their Own” and holding coronation “away” Sunday, Aug. 5, at Cannon Falls High School.
Motorists are expected to experience brief traffic delays on Highway 61 near the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing from 10 p.m. Thursday, July 19, to 6 a.m. Friday as crews move equipment from an adjacent bridge, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. Delays are expected not to exceed 10 minutes during the overnight hours. Flaggers will stop traffic in both directions of Highway 61 while the equipment is being moved from the east side of the highway to the west side of the highway.
Our opinion pages have been overwhelmed by campaigns promoting or taking to task candidates, political parties and referendum measures during past campaign seasons. Many of the letters read like advertisements because they were advertisements. So during the runs up to the Jan. 16 Wisconsin Senate District 10 and the Feb. 12 Minnesota Senate District 54 special elections this year, RiverTown Multimedia papers tested a policy to charge fee for such endorsements. People quickly adjusted and now the policy is in place for the 2018 primary and general elections.