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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"I just struggle with my vote. I am so on the fence wobbling." That was Lake City Council Member Mary Lou Waltman after hearing 21 residents speak during a special meeting Oct. 29 at city hall. The meeting gave the public a chance to voice their opinion on the Highway 61 final layout before the council took a final vote. The council, including Waltman, would vote 6-1 in favor of the final layout in a process that has been hotly debated in the chambers and streets of Lake City.
Pickleball, the game that has nothing to do with pickles, is looking for more players in Mazeppa. As a part of community education, a pickleball league will run until Dec. 16 in the Big Gym at the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Elementary School. The game is a mix between tennis, badminton and ping pong, making the game an excellent workout and social interaction in one. Dana Frederixon, who helps organize the event, has been playing for years after looking for a new game to play.
Josiah Litant has been named the new dean of students for Minnesota State College Southeast. He has 15 years of leadership prior to taking on the new position. Litant was previously the senior associate dean of students at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., the same college where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education. According to a news release from the MSCS, Litant said that being at Southeast is "an exciting time." Litant continued by saying he is excited to be part of "building the next chapter."
With the Nov. 6 election just around the corner, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Middle/High School held a forum giving candidates a chance to introduce themselves to the voting public. The forum was held on Oct. 24 in the auditorium, with all candidates, except for Shannon Bauer, in attendance. However, Bauer's wife, Cindy Bauer, read his responses to questions. There are five candidates vying for three seat. Chair Rebecca Hinchley did not seek re-election, but Vice-chair Jean Roth and Director James Wendt are seeking re-election.
The 10th annual KCUE Harvest Lunch Broadcast and Tour was held on Oct. 19 at the Tipcke Farm in Goodhue. Residents were able to enjoy a delicious meal, while also having a chance to see the Tipcke Farm operation. KCUE's Jack Colwell and Linder Farm Network's Lynn Ketelsen hosted a live radio show, where people could come on and ask questions. This was the first year the farm hosted the event, finding time during the busy harvest to host hungry residents.
Offerings: • U-pick apples, grapes and pumpkins; • Daily wagon rides and corn mazes; • Animal barnyard with alpacas, peacocks and goats.
When it comes to growing apples at Sogn Valley Orchard, John Zimmer wants it to be as efficient as possible. Buying an orchard isn't a common thing, according to Zimmer. They're usually passed down in a family from each generation. But 11 years ago, Zimmer said he was looking for a new challenge and driving to the orchard located off of County 9 Blvd., tucked away among some sporadic homes in Dennison, was interesting to him. With a farming background, Zimmer said he saw the potential for the land and decided to take it over, wanting to redesign the orchard.
Red Wing School Board unanimously approved a labor agreement between the district and custodial, engineer and maintenance personnel at their regular board meeting Oct. 15. Adjustments were made to wages for custodians who have four or fewer years in the district to be more competitive as well as cost-of-living adjustments. Custodians who have worked in the district for five years will get a 2 percent cost-of-living increase each year. Over the past four years, custodians have received an average of 1.25 percent per year in cost-of-living adjustments.
In the age of constant and overwhelming streams of data, the Red Wing School District is using it to help students after they graduate from high school. As part of its strategic plan, the district is using demographic information from the 2018 graduating class to find who is ready for postsecondary education and who is not. Joe Jezierksi, the director of teaching and learning, said they have all of this data of test scores and information at their disposal that they weren't sure what to do with.
Hopscotch, robotics and marble runs. These things were all a part of STEM Night on Oct. 11. The gymnasium at Burnside Elementary was packed with eager students and parents who explored stations that take the everyday teaching of STEM education and offer kids a hands-on experience. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM education helps introduce students who might not normally get a chance to experience these subjects in a more intimate way. There were nine different stations for students and parents to play with: