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Sometimes local government has to focus on the small stuff. The Red Wing City Council's Jan. 14 meeting, the first since the 2019 organizational meeting, took care of business items required to keep the city and the companies and organizations within working. The consent agenda alone had 20 items.
Goodhue County and the city of Red Wing have been working for years to create a plan to process all of the county's waste at the Red Wing Solid Waste Campus and to close the Bench Street Landfill, which the county currently owns and manages. According to the county and city's public works departments, this transition is necessary for a numerous reasons — especially environmental and financial. Bench Street Landfill
Wayne and Pearl Wanous have a fairly unique accomplishment: 75 years of marriage. After seven and a half decades, they still hold hands. The two met while they were in high school. Pearl had transferred to the school that Wayne attended in South Dakota in 1941. While Wayne Wanous was in class one day, he looked into the adjoining classroom that was separated by a glass window. Wanous saw Pearl typing for her journalism class. "And I stood up and said, 'Look at that blonde!' And, of course, the teacher said 'Wanous! Sit down!'"
The Red Wing City Council finished its 2018 business and began 2019 on Tuesday, Jan. 8. This meeting included the swearing-in of members and voting for a new council president. After the Pledge of Allegiance, the council said goodbye to Ralph Rauterkus. Rauterkus had served since the special election in August 2018. He had served on previous City Councils.
HOPE Coalition will launch a women's support group this week. According to one of the coalition's advocate, Lincoln Keller, such support is important. "A lot of times women feel that they're all alone, especially when they've been sexually assaulted ... so it's a nice support group, a peer-to-peer group," Keller told the Eagle. Starting Jan. 10, the group will meet at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the United Lutheran Church of Red Wing.
The Goodhue County Board had three main agenda items for its organizational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8: have Judge Kevin Mark conduct the oath of office for Commissioners Jason Majerus and Brad Anderson — and a ceremonial oath for County Attorney Steve O'Keefe, vote on a new chair and vice chair, and make a decision on the solid waste designation that has been in the works for 10-plus years.
Molly Sutton Kiefer sat in Caribou, sipping a chai latte and embroidering. As she untangled knots in her light blue thread, she explained why she named her publishing company Tinderbox Editions: "I love the idea that a book of poems or a book of literary prose can ignite something inside of you." Tinderbox was launched in 2015 to publish the work of poets and prose writers. Within months of raising money to publish two books, Tinderbox became a nonprofit and was on its way to being recognized as an important part of Minnesota's literary community.
When reflecting on his career working with County Attorney Steve Betcher, Steve O'Keefe said, "Initially we worked together as typical co-workers until Mr. Betcher became county attorney in 1997. Over the past 20 years, he has progressively given me more and more responsibility, to the point where we now consult daily regarding all aspects of the work that we do in the office." Now, Betcher will be passing all of his responsibilities to O'Keefe when Betcher retires on Sunday, Jan. 6, and O'Keefe officially becomes the Goodhue County attorney.
The doors are open, the lights are on and the curtain is up: The Sheldon Theatre is back in the business of entertainment. A lot needed to happen before the fourth months of refurbishments were completed: a family restroom was built, new carpet was laid, the third-floor studio was created, the green room was installed for performers and paint was touched-up. Also important, but not as shiny or pretty as the other improvements, was the new HVAC system, steel support beams in the main entryway and new roof — the kind of things that would become obvious if they weren't updated.
It's a yearly question: "Have you made a New Year's resolution?" According to a Pew Research study, 44 percent of Americans made a resolution in 2014. The most common resolutions were to: • I will spend less money/save more money, • I will be a better person • I will exercise more • I eat better • I will stop smoking