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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When Roger Nelson purchased land with an artesian well on it, he realized one thing. An artesian well doesn't shut off during the winter. He directed the water to one area, and it formed an ice rink. He decided to experiment and made a little fountain. The next year, "I tried making one a little bit bigger. Then I made two, and then 10, and then 20, and then 30," he explained with a hearty laugh.
The International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association held its Western Regional Championships on Lake Pepin on Jan. 5-6 with 46 boats competing in two divisions. "They set tentative dates, and we check on Thursday nights to see if the event will take place or not," said Rhea Nicholas from Detroit. The Western Regional Championships were slated for last weekend, and according to the IDNYRA website, the location would be the "Best ice in the Western Region (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, or Iowa)."
It's a carousel, miniature golf, handmade toys, and books all wrapped in a building of fun. It's LARK Toys in Kellogg, Minn. It is a unique retail space that appeals to everyone in the family," said Miranda Gray-Burlingame, co-owner with her husband and her parents. "It's so fun. With Mayo Clinic so close, we meet people from all over the world. We like to see all generations connect with each other and have fun together."
The emergency caller last Friday afternoon said someone had fallen through the ice into Lake Pepin near Long Point. The call sent Sgt. Scott Powers, a 34-year veteran of the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, to the water patrol building and on "one of the most intense rescues I have responded to, knowing that we could be running out of time for a rescue," he said.
Due to extended unseasonably warm weather, Goodhue County Sheriff Marty Kelly has closed the following bodies of water to certain motorized vehicle traffic pursuant to Minnesota State statute 86B.106. Lake Byllesby (Stanton Township) — Prohibit all motorized vehicles on this body of water including cars, trucks, ATVs, and snowmobiles. Upper Harbor, Bay Point (mile marker 791.4) — Prohibit all motorized vehicles on this body of water including cars, trucks, ATVs, and snowmobiles.
Gov. Mark Dayton recently appointed Senior Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Todd Fellman a judge in the Minnesota Fourth Judicial District. "I am pretty excited and pretty overwhelmed. I had hoped for it, but not expected it." said Fellman, who has worked in the county attorney's office since June 1992. Fellman will be sworn in during a private ceremony Friday, Jan. 18, with a formal, public ceremony held later in the spring.
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Goodhue County Sheriff's Office deputies pulled a man from Lake Pepin after he and his snowmobile went through the ice near Long Point, also called Sand Point, at approximately 2:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. "The victim was half way between the beach and the navigation channel approximately 100 yards from the point," said Sgt. Scott Powers of the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office in a written statement. "Witnesses reported that his head and shoulders were still above water."
English is a language that is constantly evolving, and every year, new words are added to the dictionaries. This past year, Merriam-Webster added 850 new words and definitions. Many of these words seem like they have been around for several years. Often they have, because the dictionaries don't want to include words that are merely passing fads. Some examples of recently added words or meanings, with the date of their first known usage, are:
When Red Wing City Council members voted unanimously on Sept. 10 to ban graffiti from He Mni Can - Barn Bluff, they didn't actually create a new policy. Red Wing had already prohibited graffiti across the community, but tradition had accepted that the west-facing rock on Barn Bluff was exempt unless the message was political or profane. If the city received a complaint, crews went up to remove the graffiti.