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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LAKE CITY—Starting off a business is difficult, but having emergency surgery on Day 6 certainly makes things tougher. That was Gina Lynch's first week owning Dux, a super-premium ice cream shop just off the marina. Lynch said the support she got from friends and the Lake City Chamber of Commerce validated why she loves the city she moved to 12 years ago. Formerly of the Twin Cities, Lynch relocated after stopping by one weekend and never wanting to leave. "It's beautiful here, but the people here are amazing," Lynch said.
Applying for a scholarship, no matter how small, is always a worthwhile endeavor for college students. For Michelle Waller, receiving the Workforce Development Scholarship gave her the chance to pay for her last two semesters of college debt free. Waller graduated from Minnesota State College Southeast with an Associate of Arts in cyber and information security plus a diploma in network administration and technology in May.
A sentiment of disappointment hung over the Red Wing School Board meeting July 15 as members voted to table a purchase agreement with Keller-Baartman Properties for the Jefferson School Property, 4-2. Board member Holly Tauer was first to speak her mind about the possible sale that's been discussed many times over the last six months. "Originally when it came through I was extremely excited for what it could be," Tauer said. "And having read this latest, my excitement is no longer the same."
A state of emergency was declared by the Goodhue County Board on Wednesday due to the flooding on June 28-29 in Pine Island. The brief meeting was called because the county's threshold for the State Disaster Program exceeds $87,285.87. Severe thunderstorms on June 28 brought 3 to 4 inches of rain to Pine Island. Dodge and Olmsted counties were hit harder, receiving about 7 inches of rain. As Pine Island City Administrator David Todd pointed out, Pine Island might not have been hit with higher rainfall totals, but three forks of the Zumbro River converge in Pine Island.
Differences over language in the Jefferson School purchase agreement was discussed during the Operations Committee meeting on July 8. The Red Wing School Board chose Keller-Baartman Properties during the request for proposal process back in March and have been working together to finalize the purchase agreement. However, differences over the green space usage and specialized schooling caused a discussion amongst the Operations Committee members.
After passing a $29.9 million school bond referendum in November, Goodhue residents will be getting more relief from the state than they previously thought. The Ag2School Tax Credit will increase from 40% to 50% for taxes payable in 2020, with the amount per year increasing by five percentage points in 2021 and 2022. By 2023, that amount will be as high as 70%. A news release from Goodhue Public School District Superintendent Evan Gough stated the change comes from the recent legislative session that included changes to the Minnesota property tax laws.
When walking through the Pottery Place building, it's hard not to stop at the Red Wing General Store.A variety of classic candies, one-of-a-kind knickknacks and other nostalgic gifts is difficult to resist. That's what owner Alan Nugent is going for. Nugent, one of the owners of Stockholm Pie Place & General Store, said pairing the Pie Plate Cafe with the General Store was what Pottery Place needed.
When Roger Walker finished a day of treatment at DaVita's Red Wing location in early June, he was handed a letter. It stated the Red Wing location would close on Nov. 29, citing financial constraints as the reason. DaVita "is unprofitable to a degree that can't be corrected," putting an almost 92-year-old Walker in a difficult spot: Where will he go to get his lifesaving treatments?
After leaving the district almost a decade ago, George Nemanich is coming back as the Red Wing High School principal. Red Wing School Board held a special meeting Friday morning, June 28, to introduce Nemanich and unanimously approved his hiring. Nemanich worked for 21 years in the Red Wing School District as a social studies teacher and assistant principal at Twin Bluff Middle School.
LAKE CITY — After 12 years of serving farm-to-table food near the Lake City Marina, Nosh Bar & Restaurant will close on June 30 and move to Winona. Before opening in Lake City, Greg Jaworski said he was approached about moving to Winona. The chef and owner of Nosh had lost his lease in Wabasha and was looking to relocate. " I had a few people reach out to me from Winona," Jaworski said. "Tried to get us to move there, instead of here. I wasn't ready to do that yet. I don't think Winona was ready yet."