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St. John's Lutheran School students are seeking justice as they bring a classic villain to court in their production of "The Trial of the Big, Bad Wolf." Forty-seven students, ranging from kindergarten to grade 8, will perform the play at the Sheldon Theater at 1 and 7 p.m., Friday, May 24. Audience members will recognize some of the characters — three pigs, the wolf, Red Riding Hood and the Boy Who Cried Wolf — and will meet new members of the story like weasels and a judge.
Clinton Toughill has been interested in movies and their creation for the majority of his life. After buying a camera, gaining editing skills, taking a few business classes and launching Practical Matter Films, he said he felt ready to jump into the world of movies with his first documentary: "Different Roads to Heaven." The majority of this film focuses on interviews with religious leaders in four different Christian denominations: two Roman Catholic priests and pastors at Lutheran, Baptist and Seventh-day Adventist churches.
Planning to build a walking bridge connecting Old West Main Street to Bay Point Park will proceed after a majority of the Red Wing City council voted in favor of the project. Alison Youngs, owner of Salon With A Twist in the West End District. spoke at Monday night's meeting in favor of the project. "I really think that this walking bridge is going to be awesome for our business end of things," she said.
Goodhue County commissioners gathered for a special session on Monday, May 13, to appoint a representative for District 1. No one was appointed. The seat became vacant when Ron Allen, who had served on the board for 14 years, died on April 19 from leukemia. The earliest that an election can be held is Nov. 5, due to limits set by the Legislature. If more than two candidates file for the election — four sought the appointment — a primary will be held on Nov. 5 and the special election will occur on Feb. 11.
Twelve ukuleles sang in unison during Jeremy Messersmith's workshop at Pier 55. The Minneapolis-based musician held workshops around Red Wing during the week of May 6 leading up to his concert at the Sheldon on Saturday, May 11.
Seniors in high school to senior citizens elbowed their way into Angry Inch Brewing to ensure that they could see presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke when he entered the building for a meet-and-greet Wednesday, May 8. Those who arrived after the building was at capacity stood in the doorway and in a line outside, huddled under umbrellas and an awning to avoid the continuous rain.
The Red Wing City Council does not have to vote on a budget for 2020 until December. Yet, council members and city staff are already taking the first steps toward crafting the 2020 budget. In April, Red Wing department heads reviewed their 2019 budgets and how their budgets break-down into subcategories. The stage is set for future discussions, including one in June.
Wanda Feldman was not expecting to be named the 2019 Goodhue County Child Care Provider of the Year; it is usually hard to win if you haven't been nominated. For the past five years Feldman has been the person to contact newspapers and parents in order to collect nominations for the Goodhue County Licensed Child Care Association's Provider of the Year. Once the nominations are in, Feldman reads them to the Goodhue County Licensed Child Care Association before they vote.
The Goodhue County Board spent part of its meeting May 7 in Kenyon talking about filling two positions: Veterans Service director and District 1 commissioner. The board meets one a year in Kenyon so political science students of former Commissioner Dan Rechtzigel may attend as part of the school day. Veterans service director Lyman "Robby" Robinson resigned as Veterans Service Office director after being placed on leave on April 23 due to a complaint. Robinson left the office that day and has not returned, but officially his last day was May 2.
Red Wing Fire Chief Shannon Draper was placed on paid leave Wednesday, April 24. According to Kay Kuhlmann, the City Council administrator, a complaint was made against Draper. She did not provide any details. City Clerk Teri Swanson told the Republican Eagle Tuesday that an investigation is being conducted. Once the investigation is completed, it will be brought to City Council for a decision on how to move forward. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Warner is the acting fire chief during the investigation.