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Hot lava, a twisting jungle path full of obstacles, or even outer space — the two playgrounds at Sunnyside Elementary School can take a creative brain to just about anywhere. Recently, Sunnyside staff members have begun efforts toward expanding and enhancing the school's playgrounds. A surprise concert from a popular Twin Cities-based kids group Koo Koo Kangaroo on Jan. 24 kick-started a fundraising campaign to self-fund playground updates. Brianna Dressen, Pam Dressen, Tara Nelson, Jayne Boeding and Deb Heitman are leading the charge.
On Feb. 7, nurses at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing voted to approve a new three-year labor contract covering 119 nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association. The union and Mayo Clinic Health System leaders collaboratively reached an agreement that is consistent with almost every other labor contract at Mayo.
Join Red Wing Downtown Main Street Saturday, Feb. 17, as the organization brings back Shiver River Day. 10 a.m. African storytelling hosted by Goodhue County Historical Society at the Red Wing Public Library 10-11 a.m. Treasure Hunt in the Snow hosted by Downtown Main Street, located at Central Park. Kids ages 10 and under. Sponsored by Discovery Financial. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Euchre Tournament hosted by and located at Mississippi National.
Little did Arlen Diercks know as he walked the halls of Red Wing Central High as a student in the 1960s-70s, that his Winger pride would be a key tool in trying to shape the future for Red Wing students. Diercks, who has served on the Red Wing School Board since 2015, was elected to serve as board chair for 2018 — his first term as chair. As the district faces a make-or-break referendum vote in November, Diercks said he feels ready to lead.
The Super Bowl is an event that needs no introduction. Millions around the world watch the game and all of its spectacle. Every one of US Bank Stadium's 70,000 seats held a loud and raucous voice. How do I know? Because, I was there. Huddled in the vast concrete loading dock area, I was one of over 400 field team members tasked with moving Justin Timberlake's staging into place for his halftime performance. Running onto the field with an oversized ramp, I felt the roar and rumble only a crowd that size can make.
Downtown Minneapolis will be buzzing with activities before US Bank Stadium houses football's biggest game Sunday, Feb. 4. With help from Welch Village, Polaris Industries will showcase the best of extreme winter sports at Polaris UpsideDowntown on Saturday, Feb. 3. The outdoor event will include snowmobile stunts, meet and greets with snow athletes, giveaways, and other outdoor fun. At 1:30 p.m., Levi Lavelle, a well-known pro rider, will perform his signature backflip jump over Nicollet Mall at 11th Street. Sticking the landing
Signature flavors of Chicago traditionally include the famous deep=dish pizza and loaded Chicago-style hot dog — boasting the perfect combination of crunch, acid and spice. For Chicago-raised Johnny Katakis, the Windy City's ideal cuisine swings a little more Mediterranean. "Every corner of the city, there's a little Greek shop," Katakis said. On Yelp.com, a simple search shows more than 300 results for Greek food in Chicago. A quick stop, grab n' go gyro counter is exactly what Katakis envisioned with the opening of Johnny's Gyros in Red Wing this month.
Soapbox Players presented the Red Wing chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby with a check last week for $2,100. These are the proceeds from Soapbox's recent production of "Snow Day," written by local New York Times best-selling author and Soapbox member, Jacqueline West. West chose to forgo receiving royalties for the production in favor of including them in the donation to CCLRW. "Snow Day" had its world premiere Dec. 1, 2017, at Hobgoblin Music Loft in Red Wing. Martin Oakes directed the production with a local cast.
After 24 years in law enforcement, Tom Radke of Hastings found himself in search of the next chapter. Connections with the owners of the original Red's Savoy Pizza in downtown St. Paul led him to Red Wing. "I was planning my retirement when this popped up," Radke said. "It's been really refreshing." In October 2017, Tom and his wife, Candy, bought the Red Wing franchise from original owner Shelly Endres. She opened the restaurant in late 2015. "It's the same location and same great pizza, but we've changed things up a little," Radke said.
A routine traffic stop Wednesday morning, Jan. 10, led to the discovery of stolen mail and financial/identification cards and drugs, according to Red Wing authorities. Police allege the driver of the stopped vehicle, Ana Herlinda Lucio, 33, of Zumbrota, was involved in a reported mail theft and attempted check cashing in Red Wing. The criminal complaint alleges that after initially giving police a false name, Lucio admitted to trying to pass a check at Red Wing Credit Union, saying she received the check from two women "driving around town in a U-Haul taking mail."