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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From her many hiking experiences and dipnetting in Alaska to helping run a vineyard on her family farm and overseeing her school's newspaper, Cannon Falls senior Laura Johnson has already led a pretty interesting life. Johnson will graduate on May 31 and will continue her education at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she'll double major in anthropology and journalism. Johnson is the only member of her family to be born in Alaska and described living in the state as "pretty wild."
The Nanocore corporation is growing and looking to expand. This month Tammy Lee was hired as chief executive officer to help the company see that happen. Nanocore, which has a Red Wing plant facility anchoring the Red Wing Mall, specializes in therapeutic cooling products. The FDA-registered products range from assisting people with ankle, knee and foot pain to helping women going through menopause.
Red Wing seniors will be graduating in just a few short weeks, moving on to post-secondary life. For a group of Red Wing students, furthering their education to become future educators will begin soon. A national trend ad mirroring college athletic signings, the soon-to-be graduates signed letters of intent to become teachers. Seven students participated in the May 21 signing, surrounded by their future colleagues and current teachers.
Imagine trying to navigate a new school district. Then add a language barrier, trying to have a career, plus raising family in a different culture. Those are the challenges facing some Hispanic families in Goodhue County. To help those families better understand the education system, help those students succeed, and have parents pass down cultural lessons, Hispanic Outreach started an after school tutoring program in the Red Wing School District.
Joe Jezierski submitted his resignation May 16 to the Red Wing School District to accept a position with the Southeast Service Cooperative's Regional Center of Excellence in Rochester. The director of teaching and learning for seven years in Red Wing, Jezierski will now help to create and implement improvement plans to support the achievement in all students throughout southeastern Minnesota.
Small town living was what Frank and Lori Kania were looking for when they moved to Frontenac almost a decade ago. Now, they get to serve the community they were so eager to join, taking over Malmquist Home Furnishings last October. Frank, an information technology specialist, and Lori, who ran their other businesses and is a chemist by trade, purchased the business from Dave Buysse, who owned Malmquist for 38 years.
A Peace Officers Memorial Day service was held Wednesday, May 15, in the law enforcement center rotunda in Red Wing, with representatives from the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, Red Wing Police Department, Red Wing Fire Department, Goodhue County employees and other residents in attendance. The annual observance, which was started by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, memorializes officers that have fallen in the line of duty.
The Zumbrota-Mazeppa School District residents have spoken, rejecting a $49.95 million bond referendum Tuesday, May 14, to help repair and improve the district's facilities by a vote of 1,159-983. Superintendent Michael Harvey sent a message to the Republican-Eagle late Tuesday night, saying the vote has been decided. The district hoped to use money to improve buildings in the district and for long-term facility maintenance planning. A full story will be in the Republican-Eagle's weekend edition.
During a routine checkup on their 6-month older daughter, Mike and Keri LeVesque were given shocking news. Allie needed emergency brain surgery, placing a shunt in her skull to drain fluid that was building up. What followed was a disease inherited from multiple generations, questions of possible child abuse, and completely different way of life for a Cannon Falls family. A difficult birth; colicky baby
It's not the most flexible or feasible time to be a high school student these days. Decisions on furthering their education, enlisting in the military or finding full-time employment happen quickly, leaving many potentially to react poorly if they don't have a solid plan.