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For Red Wing native Alex Simanski, boxing is more than just a sport, it's a release from life. As founder and owner of Hidden Storage Boxing in Red Wing, Simanski is excited to share his passion for the sport with the community. Formerly an employee at a restaurant, Simanski said he became bored of his repetitive routine and what he deemed a "bad quality of life."
River Sushi, located at 144 Tyler Road N., is Red Wing's newest culinary option. Open starting at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, the restaurant combines Japanese fare and Chinese classics with a menu full of sushi varieties and Chinese dishes. A family business through and through, River Sushi is run completely by owner and cook Yun Chen and his wife. Sometimes when the establishment is busy their young son, whom Chen affectionately calls his "little helper," will assist his parents in serving customers.
Mary Nehring, honorary chair of the 2018 Mississippi Shuffle, leads the first lap Aug. 10. "We are moving closer every day to a world free of cancer," she said. Cancer survivors wear purple shirts at Red Wing's Bay Point Park. This is the 30th local Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society and participants collect pledges and walk as teams throughout the night. Money goes to help local residents battle cancer. Speeches, food and gear are part of the activities. Starting at dusk, the luminaries light the way. Cate Zenzen / RiverTown Multimedia
Courage. Confidence. Character. These are the attributes that make ski jumping athletes stand out to coach and three-time Olympic competitor Alan Alborn. He was among the coaches, athletes and contributors in attendance at the 2018 American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 4 at the St. James Hotel. The American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum was started by the late Jerry Borgen in 2007 and is located on the hotel mezzanine. This year, nine members were inducted, four of whom competed in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
On a typical business day, the ProAct building in Red Wing bustles with activity. The organization focuses on job development and preparation for individuals with disabilities and provides education paired with real-life work experience to prepare these adults for community integration. With classes on topics such as computer usage, social skills and the importance of exercise, ProAct works to advance individuals toward professional involvement and independence.
The Little Log House Pioneer Village, near Hastings, brings antiquity to life. The village is owned and operated by the Bauer family; Steve, Sylvia and their three daughters, Jessie Tuin, Tiffany Lindbeck and Angie Jordaan. According to their website, the village started with a single structure, the Little Log House, made with wood from the 1850s.
The residents and staff at Potter Ridge Assisted Living Community in Red Wing are on a mission to share their joy and love with the community. With a summer campaign entitled #Alwaysstayhumbleandkind, the facility has a number of activities planned for all ages to promote kindness. Paige Anderson is the executive director at Potter Ridge mastermind behind the campaign and said that her only motivation was to encourage people to be kind. "It's very simple," she said.
Alex Ryan of Red Wing is an animal lover. After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with degree in biology and psychology, he spent two years in southeast Georgia training sea lions and dolphins with the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program. While there he got involved at a hunting plantation training dogs. "At the time I had gotten my own dog, Dickson, and I started training him up," Ryan said. This is when he first heard of the Super Retriever Series, a number of national contests for dogs and their trainers.
In a continuous conversation on the war against poverty, Red Wing knows that the battle can not be fought alone. On Thursday, July 19, community members gathered at First Presbyterian Church as part of the early stages of Red Wing's own committee of Leaders Partnering to End Poverty. The program is led by the Blandin Foundation, a nonprofit out of Grand Rapids whose mission is to strengthen rural Minnesota communities.
For many of us, flying in the air is only a far-fetched dream, but for Red Wing resident Justin Key, the dream was very much a reality. On Tuesday, July 24, Key parachuted from an Army airplane near the Red Wing Regional Airport. The jump was part of an initiative by the Army National Guard to build up public relations. Staff Sgt. Brock Messamore said the Army chose one person from each district in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota to jump from the craft.