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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Joseph Paul Czeck was charged with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide on July 13 for the deaths of two women after a boulder became dislodged from his landscaping truck. Czeck, 33, Hastings, was operating the truck with a 1,100-pound boulder in the back of his vehicle. The boulder fell out of the vehicle in Rosemount at Rich Valley Boulevard and 125 Street, where a Toyota Avalon struck the boulder. Karen Christiansen, 67, and 32-year-old Jena Christiansen were the driver and passenger in the vehicle and died at the scene.
Throughout the summer, with parents busy at work, some children in Red Wing find themselves wondering what to do with their next meal. Do they make another box of Kraft mac n' cheese with hot dogs slices and a side of potato chips? What about a Hot Pocket or frozen pizza? Now kids, and parents, don't need to worry about the third day in a row of unhealthy meals thanks to the summer meal program in the Red Wing School District. The program is free for any student ages 18 and under, with breakfast and lunch served in seven different locations.
CANNON FALLS — Teaching teenagers about government, politics and history may seem like a daunting task for most, but for Heather Loeschke she wouldn't want to do anything else. As a Cannon Falls High School teacher for 17 years, Loeschke has played devil's advocate for discussions amongst student Democrats and Republicans, preached her love of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution (she's a self-described "fanatic") and won six state We The People titles during her time in the district.
The software and web development program at Minnesota State College Southeast is the best value, according to GreatValueColleges.net. The program, taught by Mark Swanson, beat out colleges such Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn., and is recognized for the cost of tuition, the relevance of the curriculum to the demands of the field, and the student-to-faculty ratio. Swanson said the job is a difficult one, making him work constantly.
An Oronoco woman was charged with the death and serious injury of three others after an October crash in Randolph Township. The crash occurred when Lori Janine Hoefs of Oronoco ran through a stop sign on Highway 56, causing a collision with another vehicle going northbound. The collision resulted in the death of the driver, Brenda Travis of Rochester, and caused serious injuries to three passengers of that vehicle. Hoefs sustained broken ribs and a broken pelvis.
KENYON — There was little discussion needed at the Kenyon-Wanamingo School Board meeting on June 25, as the board unanimously approved its 2019 school budget. There is no separate finance committee, according to School Board Chair Jennifer Smith, who said the board regularly discusses the budget each month, including a four-and-a-half hour work session last month. The board projected the general fund balance at 8.78 percent or $832,579 by July 1, a mark that's less than members would like to see.
GOODHUE — The Goodhue Facilities Planning Committee sent out an anonymous survey last month to all of the 949 voters from the May 8 referendum vote. On June 19, the committee discussed the results from the survey that showed voters on either side support building improvements, but question the costs associated. Goodhue School District Superintendent Mike Redmond said after the meeting the survey gave the committee a solid response and that he appreciated the sincere feedback from the written responses.
At the conclusion of the Cannon Falls Area Triad monthly meeting June 13, Cannon Falls resident Bob Rohl said the presentation on fentanyl didn't sit well with him. "I'm concerned of where this country is going," Rohl said. "We don't need more chemical addictions. And what the hell to do about it, I don't know." Rohl, along with a small group of concerned citizens, listened to a presentation by Goodhue County Drug Task Force Investigator Jonathan Huneke about Goodhue County and southeastern Minnesota focusing on fentanyl abuse in the area.
After buying Red's Savoy Pizza in October, Tom and Candy Radke have purchased another restaurant in downtown Red Wing as well. One that's literally right next door. On June 9, the Radke's opened Fat Frog Sub House & Deli in the former restaurant that housed SJ's Gourmet Subs. After SJ's Gourmet Subs closed its doors in March, the Radke's decided to open Fat Frog, continuing in the traditions of The SubHouse, using the same type of bread from the Gonnella Bakery in Chicago.
LAKE CITY — A chain link fence can be seen wrapped around most of Bluff View Elementary, as the school is about to undergo massive construction. The construction comes from the $12 million referendum bond passed on Nov. 7, 2017, and began on June 1. The Lake City School District Superintendent Erick Enger said expanding pre-kindergarten offerings was the driving force behind the construction when discussions began in 2015.