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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Injured former Red Wing Mayor John Howe is back on the campaign trail. The former state senator and his campaign manager, Tim Droogsma, were hurt as a parade concluded in Carver on Sept. 9. The candidate for secretary of state candidate was riding with others on the back of a trailer during a parade and said the conditions were ideal; the parade route was perfectly normal. As the parade ended, the person driving the tractor-trailer lost control, driving upwards of 18 mph.
On Sept. 10, motorists should expect traffic delays on the Wisconsin side of the Eisenhower Bridge as crews repair the road. The work will take place between Highway 63 near 825th Street, as crews fill and repair voids under the road at a large box culvert. Traffic delays are expected to last all day.
The human remains found July 14, 2018, in West Newton were that of David John Sheridan, a boater who had been missing since late-April, the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office announced Friday. The remains were identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension through a DNA match, according to the Sept. 7 news release. Sheridan, 61, of Pepin, had taken his Dragonfly sailboat for a test run on Lake Pepin and was reported missing after the boat was found unoccupied the following morning.
KENYON — Pulling up to L&R Poultry, you may be greeted by a curious hen. On the 72-acre Kenyon farm, the 300 laying hens are working hard, pumping out 430 dozen eggs per month. They're free range as well, walking near the woods, taking the conventional dirt bath to rid their feathers of potential parasites. Not far down the road, fields of squash, potatoes and organically grown, no-till vegetables grow as well.
Pierce County experienced a strong storm on the afternoon of Sept. 4, causing slight flooding. The rainfall totals were high according to the National Weather Service local storm report on Sept. 5. The following were the rainfall totals with corresponding times from the storm: • 7 a.m.: Prescott, 2.39 inches. • 7 a.m.: Ellsworth, 3.04 inches. • 7 a.m.: River Falls, 2.27 inches. • 8 a.m.: El Paso Township: 2.81 inches.
With school starting, students will return to the classroom with changes awaiting them. Most notably, no more cellphones in class, no advisory class and no backpacks. The discussion on these areas has been going on since last year, with faculty and administration working together to find a solution to a problem plaguing the district. Red Wing High School Principal Todd Herber has talked about the policy changes over the summer and presented his final time before the school year started Aug. 20. Cell phones, backpacks = out
Goodhue County employees came out in full force Thursday, Aug. 30 to donate blood in honor of Commissioner Ron Allen. Allen, who is receiving treatments for leukemia, has received 37 blood transfusions this summer. Fellow Commissioner Paul Drotos helped conceive the idea, according to Allen who spoke with the Republican Eagle in the middle of receiving his most recent blood transfusion. Allen said he's "proud" of the county employees who took time out of their schedules to donate blood.
A Goodhue couple has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct. A hearing in the case was held Wednesday, Aug. 29, in Goodhue County District Court Michael and Heather Germain were arrested in April 2017 after an investigation into reports of a juvenile being sexually assaulted and exploited.
A storm hit parts of Red Wing hard on Monday afternoon, causing damage in numerous areas of town and extending to the city airport across the river in Bay City. The National Weather Service announced a tornado warning a little after 5 p.m. Aug. 27, lasting just an hour. The storm traveled quickly, crossing over Cannon Falls and Welch and reaching Red Wing by 5:45 p.m. According to the National Weather Service Twin Cities Twitter account, Red Wing experienced a wind gust of 82 mph.
The owners of Kelly's Tap House Bar and Grill were charged with multiple tax-related felonies by the Goodhue County Attorney's Office, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Kelly Jean Anderson was charged with 10 tax-related felonies and Ricky Duane Anderson was charged with eight tax-related felonies. According to the news release sent on Aug. 29, Kelly Anderson owes more than $187,900 in individual income tax, penalties and interest. The restaurant owes more than $183,800 in sales tax, penalties and interest.