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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RED WING — Authorities responded to a call of shots fired in the 400 block of 12th Street at approximately 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, according Red Wing police. Upon arrival, officers discovered bullet holes in a parked vehicle and residence at the location. No injuries were reported. No further information was available Monday as the incident remained under investigation. The Red Wing Police Department was assisted by the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office.
Buying just the right gift for a family member or friend can be a challenge. That may be one reason gift card sales are soaring in the U.S. In 1999, $19 billion in gift cards were sold, according to WalletHub statistics. That number increased to $130 billion by 2015 and is projected to reach $160 billion this year. Though sometimes seen as impersonal, gift cards have entrenched themselves in American society. These statistics seem to hold for Minnesota, as well.
As a young girl in Red Wing, Rachel McNamara was active in diving and gymnastics. She never could have guessed that those sports would help her develop the body control, strength, and determination to take her to the 2018 World Cup ... in roller derby.
When David Sundberg graduated from Red Wing High School in 1958, he headed to Lincoln, Neb., to play football for the University of Nebraska. Although he left Red Wing, Red Wing never left him, and he recently returned to leave a mark on his hometown. A serious knee injury his freshman year dashed his hopes of playing for the Huskers. While Nebraska football didn't work out for Sundberg, other things did. He joined the ROTC program and met his future wife, Linda. They married in October 1961.
An old sandpit near the Sportsman's Club in Frontenac off Highway 61 has been transformed into the Frontenac Solar Garden, reflecting a trend of rapidly increasing use of solar power throughout Minnesota. "This site was an old quarry," said Karl von Knobelsdorff, owner of Knobelsdorff Electric, Inc. from Goodhue. "It is a good use of the land. You don't like to see a solar garden go onto nice farm land."
LAKE CITY — Six candidates vied for three spots on the Lake City City Council, and Amy Kohrs Alkire with 1306 votes, Faye Brown with 1271, and Russell Boe with 1159 emerged as winners. Candidates not selected were John Mead with 1009 votes, Jason DeVinny with 711 votes, and Greg Schreck with 659 votes. There write 28 write-ins. The Lake City School Board also had six candidates for three positions. The three incumbent candidates retained their jobs.
The Goodhue County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to proclaim Goodhue County a Purple Heart County at their meeting Nov. 6. Veterans Service Officer Robby Robinson requested that the board make that designation. He also reported that 1,910,162 Purple Hearts have been awarded to United States military personnel and that Veterans Services' records show 30 Purple Heart recipients currently live in Goodhue County. The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the U.S. president to those who are killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces, according to Robinson.
If teachers want students to work hard, be engaged, and learn well, those teachers encourage students to work on something they care about, something that fits their passions. That's exactly what Dr. Travis Thul, dean of Trade and Technology, hopes to do with the new Bicycle Design and Fabrication Program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing. The idea to start the program came from another program that already exists at the college - the Guitar Repair and Building Program.
When Art Owen, Dakota spiritual leader, addressed the crowd gathered at Barn Bluff on Oct. 16, his voice was positive, filled with hope that the Prairie Island Indian Community and the city of Red Wing were coming together to work for the benefit of all. Ten days later, at age 68, he died unexpectedly at the United Hospital in St. Paul. Peggy Rehder, former Red Wing City Council member, said she has heard conversations since the ceremony at Barn Bluff "about how helpful it was to have Arthur speak out, and now, it is just sad that that voice is silent."
The Red Wing Area Manufacturers Association and the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Manufacturers Appreciation Luncheon Monday, Oct. 22, in the St. James Hotel. Several speakers briefly addressed the group, including Sean Dowse, mayor of Red Wing, Barb Haley, Minnesota House representative from District 21A, Lori Ann Clark, candidate for Minnesota House representative in District 21A, Mike Goggin, Minnesota senator for District 21 and Karin Housley, Minnesota senator for District 39 and U.S. Senate candidate.