Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism.
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ZUMBROTA — Voters in the Zumbrota-Mazeppa School District will have the chance to vote yes or no on a $49.95 million building bond referendum. The School Board voted unanimously Feb. 11 to put the question to voters on May 14.
With all of the snow plaguing Minnesota since the beginning of the year, will kids be staying later than usual in the classroom this summer? State statute says that school districts are required to have 165 days of instructional learning in the classroom. While some districts are onto their eighth cancellation of the year, all of the school districts are in a favorable position to avoid a prolonged school year. Cannon Falls has the most days canceled in Goodhue County with nine, eight being snow days and one being a tornado day back on Sept. 21.
Every year, at a moments notice, hundreds of snow plow drivers in Minnesota are called to action. Working long hours, confined to a tank without the firing power, they brave the most difficult weather conditions to make sure drivers and citizens around the state are safe. The Minnesota Department of Transportation does a wide variety of projects, but in the winter workers have to turn their attention to keeping the roads as clean as they can get them.
Prescription drug costs continue to skyrocket every year, putting many in danger of having to choose between refilling their prescription or not buying necessary life essentials. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced five bills during her tenure that she would help Americans afford their, at times, life-saving medicine. That notion prompted Klobuchar to hold a series of roundtable discussions throughout Minnesota on Feb. 6. Since the State of the Union was the previous day, Klobuchar was in Washington, D.C., but sent a video with her aides to show.
In its first competition of the season, the Red Wing High School speech team won several individual awards. Red Wing was among 17 area schools at the Cannon Falls Invitational Feb. 2. The following students won awards in their respective category: • Alison Metzen (second, Varsity Dramatic Interpretation). • Rachel Dopkinson and Kayleigh Hoppman (third, Novice Duo Interpretation). • Jayda Pederson, Micah Marks, Londyn Overlander, Marshall Laidlaw, Mason Overman, Rachel Hauschildt, Olivia Johnson (honorable mention, Varsity Original Oratory).
Jefferson School RFP passes The request for purchase agreement drafted by the Red Wing School District was unanimously approved by the School Board on Feb. 4. For those interested in submitting a proposal, contact the district Superintendent Karsten Anderson. Proposals are due to the district office by 3 p.m. March 5. Red Wing 2019-2020 courses The board unanimously approved a proposal for new high school courses for the 2019-2020 school year. The high school will offer the following additional courses:
For some, seeing the red and blue flashing lights behind you could be a matter of inconvenience and annoyance. You had somewhere to be so you decided to go 40 in a 30. Or you just looked at your phone because you wanted to change the song. Or maybe you forgot to change your tabs on time. I could go on and on, but really I'm just projecting at this point. This week's academy brought in Capt. Gordon Rohr, a veteran of the Red Wing Police Department, who let everyone know he had turned 50 the day before, meaning his retirement is coming sometime next decade.
Don Felmlee was under the impression that attending the Noontime Kiwanis meeting on Jan. 31 was to support another member who was winning the Red Wing Neighbor of the Year award. Little did he know, the award was to be given to him, with family expected to be in attendance as a surprise. The only problem? Felmlee didn't make it.
The Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards ceremony Jan. 28, celebrating the many businesses and contributors to the community. The theme was "Alice in 400Land," a nod to the classic tale but also to the chamber's growth in membership. President Patty Brown said the chamber is now up to 406 members, adding 48 in 2018. Brown called the group gathered at Treasure Island Resort & Casino "tough Minnesotans" for braving the bitter cold weather.
Travelers area able to go a little faster on some area highways. After a five-year speed study, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that 5,240 miles of two-lane highways will have an increase in speed from 55 mph to 60 mph. Most of the signs posting the new speed limits are in place, with the rest expected to be up by spring 2019. In accordance with a 2014 law, the project studied nearly 7,000 miles of highway. The team determined the state could safely increase the speed limit on certain segments of two-lane highway.