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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While it may not have been how she envisioned her art career, Kate Bauman loves to sink her hands into some clay. Bauman, who grew up in Lake City and returned to the area in the mid-2000s, revels in the physical, textural elements of art. It's about getting her hands dirty. "I fell in love with clay because I just love the feel of it," Bauman said. "You can transform it into just about anything." Bauman has tried many different forms of art, including painting or drawing, but said she always finds herself adding those textural elements.
The Red Wing Police Department will hold a citizen's academy to show residents what it's like to be an officer. The academy will cover topics ranging from the adult detention center, investigations, use of force and more. Applications are being accepted now with the academy set to run from Jan. 15 to Feb. 19. The academy is 18 hours of training. To sign up, visit the city of Red Wing website — www.red-wing.org — and look under the police tab.
Looking for a festive holiday gift? Look no further than the Tower View Candle Company. The candles are on sale now, with a number of different scents available. Ben Slagle, the career and technical education teacher at Tower View Alternative High School, said this will be the seventh semester selling candles. The candles are part of a small-business class. The students get to learn how to run a business and manage their finances, while also getting to make the candles themselves.
ZUMBROTA — The Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Board will be looking to fill a vacancy left by a member who has moved out of the district, according to the school's website. Dirk Niles, the board's treasurer, will vacate his seat, according to the resolution on the Nov. 26 regular board meeting agenda. In an email to the Republican Eagle, Niles said he and his family had to move after an unexpected death in his family. They were approached by a couple to sell their home and were unable to find a rental property in the district.
WELCH — There probably isn't a time in Taylor Offtermatt's young life where a horse wasn't around. Taylor, 12, said she got up on her first horse when she was only 2 years old and started barrel racing just six years later. Now, the Welch resident and Cannon Falls seventh-grader is less than one month away from competing in the top barrel racing event in the country. Barrel racing wasn't even a competition her family was heavily involved with, Taylor's mother, Dianne Offtermatt said.
GOODHUE — After a relatively short search, the Goodhue School Board approved the contract of A new superintendent on Nov. 19 during the monthly board meeting. Dr. Evan Gough, a former assistant principal at Red Wing High School, will lead the Goodhue School District starting in 2019. Superintendent Mike Redmond accepted a job at the same position at the Shakopee School District. Redmond has been splitting his days between the districts during the transitional time since being hired by that district in October.
Eric Spagenski doesn't like using the word "stigma" to describe his work combating substance abuse. You'll likely never catch the treatment director of Common Ground using phrases like "anti-stigma campaign." "I would prefer to change the word to discrimination," Spagenski said. "We've far surpassed stigma. And I think we've become numb to what stigma means. Stigma against mental health, stigma against addiction, stigma against obesity. "No, we're discriminatory at this point."
A Prescott man was arrested on Nov. 6 after violating a harassment restraining order and sexually assaulting a Goodhue County woman, authorities say. Robert Lee Dullum, 36, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual conduct, domestic assault, and violating a restraining order. All are felony charges.
With Goodhue Public School District Superintendent Mike Redmond set to leave for the same position in the Shakopee School District soon, the Goodhue School Board held interviews to find his replacement. Redmond has been splitting his time between Goodhue and Shakopee, and will continue to do so before transitioning to Shakopee in January. In an email to the Republican Eagle, School Board Chair Ann Buck said they interviewed three candidates: • Joseph Jezierski, director of teaching & learning, Red Wing School District;
Although the Minnesota School Boards Association has asked the Red Wing School Board to rescind two resolutions for consideration by all members, the district has decided to press on with one of them. The resolutions have to do with changing the language in state statute related to sexual orientation and sexual harassment.