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Air quality levels are expected to be poor in the Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota today, May 29, so the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air quality alert for these regions from noon to 8 p.m. The affected areas extends from the Twin Cities to Rochester and Albert Lea. MPCA cites sunny skies and hot temperatures, plus winds carrying a high level of pollutants, for increasing ground level ozone. The air quality index hovered n the low 100's this afternoon. AQI below 100 isideal for normal activity.
All are invited to the next Free Family Fun Day: Music and Memories, hosted by the Goodhue County Historical Society noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Create musical instruments at the ArtReach station before engaging in musical programming with the Universal Music Center every half hour, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Storyteller Lois Burnes will read children's stories at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. "A Celebration of Americana Music: Folk Songs & Stories, Past to Present" featuring Jim Schrock will begin at 3 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Wanamingo resident Donald Oren Wallace Jr., 63, has been convicted of two misdemeanors following a November 2016 hunting excursion which he conducted from the driver's seat of his truck. While driving with his brother Dewey on Nov. 9, 2016, Wallace was identified by conservation officers as the perpetrator of a hunting crime, previously reported via the Minnesota's Turn in Poachers or TIP line two days earlier.
The Sheldon Theatre has announced its 201-/19 season, and boosters promise that the venue will emerge from its summerlong restoration stronger than ever. A Season Announcement Party was held Wednesday, May 23. Executive Director Bonnie Schock presented 37 unique performances across seven thematic series — great sounds, tradition, homegrown, enlighten, holiday, youth and family and film — all with an intentional Minnesota presence.
Try talking to Randy Thom at one of his four gas stations — Red Barn in Spring Valley, Wis., 63 Express in Hager City, 35 Express in Maiden Rock or the newly acquired 61 Express in Frontenac — and you'll find he's a very busy man. He's leaping up to help customers, pulling fresh chicken out of the broaster, cracking jokes with old friends and generally proving that a gas station can be more than just a stop along the road.
Red Wing's leading cultural resource, the Sheldon Theatre, will undergo major structural and cosmetic renovations from May to September 2018, during which time the building will be closed. Executive Director Bonnie Schock said that these much-needed changes will help preserve and protect the building for the next 25 years. Due to reopen late September, the Sheldon is also preparing for one of its most exciting seasons to date.
CANNON FALLS—A husband and wife were reportedly held at gunpoint in their home on 90th Avenue Way — near the Cannon Valley Trail in Cannon Falls Township — at approximately 8 a.m. today. The suspects reportedly rang the doorbell and, when William answered, forced themselves into the residence. One held a pistol on the couple while the other rummaged through the home. The situation continued for over 30 minutes before the suspects tied up the homeowners and left the residence with many items, including guns and cash, according to investigators.
The public will have a chance to weigh in on Ordinance 115 at a workshop led by the Human Rights Commission 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the City Hall Annex Building (previously: Ignite Building). Ordinance 115, introduced to City Council on Nov. 27, 2017, would help to specify what behavior is not acceptable at a public meeting and work to clarify the possible legal repercussions for that behavior.
After attempting to defer a decision on the terms of a lease for Annadee's Closet and contract for service, Red Wing Area Seniors Executive Director Kim Wojcik and City Administrator Kay Kuhlmann urged the City Council at least to accept their lease terms, which have held up an important aspect of business for Annadee's by several months. Council members were unanimously in favor of supporting the Red Wing Area Seniors group, which manages the used clothing store and generates revenue through it, but believed that a contract for service is the wrong approach.
A diminished City Council met Monday, May 14, to address an agenda that included such hot-button items as the future of Mississippi National Golf Links and the resignation of Peggy Rehder — slated as the final agenda item.