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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."
According to CDC data, 30.3 million adults in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don't know they have the chronic disease. Dagny McDonough of Red Wing is included in a different set of CDC statistics — being one of 208,000 people younger than 20 years living with diagnosed diabetes. Five-year-old Dagny was diagnosed with diabetes Type 1 in April of 2017. "We were broken," said Kelly McDonough, Dagny's mother, when the family learned of her diagnosis. Hands-on learning
Sgt. David Addleman of the Red Wing Police Department successfully completed a 10-week School of Police Staff and Command program at Northwestern University. The course of studies were held Sept. 18-Dec. 1, in Eagan, Minn. The program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 18,000 students both nationally and internationally. Addleman was a student in SPSC Class 424, which accommodated a total of 30 students for the 10-week period.
Newborn Samnang Koy is already living up to his name, which means "lucky" in Cambodian, as he has the honor of being the first baby of the year born at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. He was welcomed into the world by parents Pip and Kaylee Koy of Red Wing at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Samnang weighed 7 pounds and was 18 inches long. He has five sisters: Mercedes (20), Monica (18), Mellanie (14), Melita (11) and Suokia (5). .
#MyRedWing. As 2017 began, the social media hashtag blanketed online platforms with stories, photos and videos explaining what makes Red Wing Red Wing. Banners and posters could be seen in every business window. The #MyRedWing buzz was everywhere. In December of 2016, Red Wing was announced as one of the eight finalists for the $500,000 Small Business Revolution contest, hosted by the Deluxe Corporation. Some 14,000 applications were received for the contest.
Education funding will again be a topic for Red Wing voters to study in 2018. The two-part referendum the Red Wing School District proposed to the community on Tuesday, Nov. 7, failed. The district asked voters to replace the current operating levy of $811.64 per student with a levy of $1,235.64 per student. The ballot's second question sought an additional $500 per student. Question 1 failed by 53-47 margin, and 58 percent of voters rejected the additional $500 per student. The district's current levy will expire in 2019.
Goodhue County authorities discovered an alleged "sex room" in Goodhue in January 2017. Michael Lowell Germain, 43, and Heather Laverne Germain, 49, first appeared in Goodhue County District Court in April on multiple criminal sexual conduct charges. The first inquiry into the Germain residence stemmed from a juvenile female contacting Goodhue Police Department in January. According to the initial criminal complaint, the female said she was being sexually assaulted and exploited by Michael and Heather Germain.
In the season of holiday celebrations and family gatherings, Christmas can create obligatory contradictions for some. Take Jonathan Du Bois for example. A gas technician for Xcel Energy, Du Bois will be on call Christmas Day. "If any calls come in relating to natural gas, I'll be heading out," he said.
CANNON FALLS — Lori Ann Clark has announced her candidacy for Minnesota House District 21A. The Cannon Falls business owner will seek the endorsement of the DFL Party at its District 21 convention March 10.