Steve Gardiner taught high school English and journalism for 38 years in Montana and Wyoming. He started working at the Republican Eagle in May 2018. He focuses on features and outdoor stories.
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Of the 180 artists from 50 countries participating in the 2019 International Folk Art Market in Sante Fe, N.M., only six received the coveted Community Impact Award on July 11. One of them was Multicolores, a Guatemalan-based non-profit organization founded by Mary Anne Wise and Jody Slocum of Cultural Cloth in Maiden Rock.
MAIDEN ROCK—It's an interesting statement about global business when a decision made by the Taliban in Afghanistan disrupts a store in Maiden Rock, Wis.—population 119. The issue centered on felted rugs, made by Afghan women, featuring animals such as ponies, tigers, and deer, and sold by Cultural Cloth in Maiden Rock.
For Jerry Zimmer, the sky is filled with eagles, lightning bolts, and fireworks. The Hager City photographer has spent more than 25 years on dark hilltops, face to face with approaching thunderstorms, hoping to get a good lightning photo before wind and rain drive him back to his car or inside his house. On June 1 at 11:45 p.m., his determination paid off with a photo of a lightning bolt that resembles the outline of Wisconsin.
Hok-Si-La Park in Lake City sits on a flat point of land sticking out into Lake Pepin, an ideal location that provides visitors with an abundance of birds and wildlife, trails for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing, a beach for swimming, and beautiful sites for picnics and camping. There is something for everyone who visits, and this is both a blessing and a problem, according to Joanne Klees, park manager for Lake City.
Two national speakers, retired Colonel Ann Wright and retired Major Danny Sjurson, will headline the agenda at Peacestock 2019, an event devoted to peace and justice sponsored by the Red Wing chapter of Veterans for Peace. "This is an opportunity for the community to hear from speakers, not only from Minnesota, but from around the country, regarding their concerns about our government," said Ann Wright, retired colonel with the U.S. Army. "It doesn't matter whether it is Bush, Obama, or Trump, it's what the administrations are doing in terms of war activities."
High water levels on the Mississippi River and tributaries have caused many problems for residents of rivertowns, and a recent pontoon accident at Lock and Dam 3 near Red Wing underscores the need for safety while on the water. Operators at Lock and Dam 3 launched an emergency boat June 26 to rescue the passengers of the disabled pontoon as it floated toward the dam's roller gates, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - St. Paul District.
The Soldier's Walk Memorial Park is a tribute to the great leaders and heroic veterans who have served the United States in conflicts and wars. The park contains 28 historical monuments and dozens more individual memorials along with informational plaques and markers.
Lake City Water Ski Days were held June 28-30, 2019, in multiple venues in Lake City and Lake Pepin.
The Cowling Arboretum gives visitors the chance to see Minnesota forests and prairies in the natural state they were in before European settlement. That's the mission that drives Nancy Braker, arboretum director, and her staff as they work to develop the arboretum's resources. "It's not that it is any more special than any other time," Braker said. "It's just that when we think of trying to provide a natural experience, it's what was here before we started plowing things up."
The former St. John's Lutheran Church, on Main Street in Bay City, now houses the River Bluffs History Center and the offices of the Pierce County Historical Association. They will be holding a grand reopening celebration 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 20 so people can tour the new facility and see the displays. "We are very excited to show everyone what we have been working on in the last year," said Julie Huebel, member of the Pierce County Historical Association board of directors. "We have been very busy."