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Conflict resolution ordered for members of staff, council Red Wing City Council was forced to take action on a recent behavioral issue during its regular meeting on April 23. Following a public spat between Administrative Business Director Marshall Hallock and Council member Peggy Rehder — which began during a City Council meeting and spilled into a break on Feb. 12, 2018 — Hallock filed a formal complaint against Rehder with the city attorney.
Fans of Lake Pepin can show their support for the geographical marvel — and possibly win a free shoreline concert from Minnesota Public Radio. MPR is hosting an online tournament to decide Minnesota's best-loved lake. Lake Pepin inched out Crane Lake in round 1 and is currently up against Lake Superior in the final four and is neck and neck to enter the final round. Online voting is open now through April 30: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/23/top-4-lake-voting-round .
Despite having already circulated public meeting notice, the Goodhue County Board voted to cancel an afternoon budget meeting on April 17. Board Chair Jason Majerus introduced the topic, stating that he believed the meeting would be a waste of time for board members and county staff. Rather than discuss budgeting with staff, he said that the board should come up with a list of guidelines and ask staff to come up with a plan.
The public is invited to attend the Red Wing 2040 Open House 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Red Wing Public Library Foot Room. Attendees will conduct a self-guided tour to different stations and get information, give input and learn new data regarding the Red Wing 2040 project before its official unveiling in December.
Beau Jason Twaddle, 39, a bus driver for Pine Island Public Schools, was arrested on DWI charges after driving 58 students to school on Tuesday, April 10. According to the criminal complaint: School resource officer Jeremy Sjoblom first noticed the smell of alcohol coming from Twaddle at 8:49 a.m. and immediately launched an investigation to determine if Twaddle had been drinking.
Earth Day in Red Wing will be more than a blip this year, largely thanks to Laura Wildenborg. More than just an outdoor enthusiast, Wildenborg could more correctly be called an outdoor evangelist. Sustainability and the environment are her passions and she demonstrates boundless energy for sharing her values with others. Years ago, Wildenborg left a great job as a water rapids guide in South Carolina (one she calls a dream job) because she needed more purpose-driven work.
When Hannah Coyle had an uncomfortable situation happen last year, she wasn't sure it was "bad enough" to report. But the widespread #MeToo movement, plus family and friends, helped her see the situation for what it was: sexual harassment. "I have a good support network and they were able to help me see it doesn't matter how bad it was because it made me uncomfortable," Coyle said. "That it needed to be handled. That was probably the hardest part."
More people should be making art. At least, that's the truth according to ArtReach Program Director Anna Ostendorf. "Even if you don't love the end product, the process is good for your brain and stress levels," she said. To help forward the creative mission of ArtReach and help make "making" a more regular and accessible experience for all, ArtReach has left its quaint river-adjacent location at the St. James Hotel for a prime storefront location at 436 W. Third St. ArtReach will celebrate with an event 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 20.
Realtor Robin Gwaltney had never heard of Country Living Magazine, but one day they called her out of the blue to request a listing for a small affordable house and she decided to play ball. "A lot of realtors have this mindset, especially here in Rochester, that the print ad is dead," Gwaltney said. "But for houses in Wabasha, Lake City and Red Wing, you have to advertise to your audience, and that was proof."
On Monday, April 16, in the early evening, a garage fire broke out suddenly at a home in Cannon Falls Township. Resident Bob Bergeson told responders he heard a loud noise and when he went to investigate he encountered a fire in the garage.