The Red Wing Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron visited the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum in Granite Falls on Saturday, Jan. 12. Five senior members and two cadets received a tour of the facility with two other Minnesota CAP squadrons. The Fagen Fighters Museum is home to a pristine collection of fully operational, active aircraft and vehicles from World War II. Also featured are fine art, bronze sculptures, interactive multimedia displays and an ever-growing library.
More Minnesotans were killed and injured in traffic crashes in 2018 than in 2017, with an estimated 380 people losing their lives on our roadways. Distracted and impaired driving is a big factor, to be sure. But with safer roads human error doesn't have to be a death sentence. The majority of fatalities and injuries occur on two-lane, undivided roadways in rural areas — the exact types of roadways that are persistently underfunded by the state.
Nobody ever wants to hear the word "melanoma" in their doctor's office. Unless, of course, it's followed by the words, "Glad we caught it early." Those are some of the best words that I have ever heard and I would like to share why. My story started with a routine physical that was going just fine until my doctor noticed something behind my knee that I couldn't even see. Most people take their birthday suit for granted; but, as birthdays add up, so does the potential for a disease that can blow out all of your candles.
Devinder Malhotra's column about Minnesota State College's part in helping to solve the state's workforce shortages struck a few familiar chords with me (RE, Jan. 2). I could probably qualify as a "lifelong learner," having attended college and tech school classes for most of my life, including a year in the MSC Southeast's Guitar Repair and Building program when I first retired.
Q: What is best way to learn about city government and all the things happening throughout the new year? A: We're happy to report that your city of Red Wing government now has a new website to make finding city information easier and faster. We asked you, the public, what you wanted in a new website, and now the site is more visual, intuitive, and easier to navigate. Thank you for your ideas and feedback. Our goal is to provide a transparent tool that lets you to find details quickly, learn what's happening, and get involved with city government if you choose.
Goodhue County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting 2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan.13, at the Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak St. Following the meeting, Gary Stamm will portray Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Inside FDR" is a potpourri of topics from the "man himself" that sheds light on things about our 32nd president we do not learn in history class. Among the topics are his hobbies, how he dealt with his polio, his enemies, his childhood, favorite quotes, what he considered his great accomplishments and failure and more — a relaxed chat with Mr. Roosevelt.
Valley View Assembly of God in Lake City will be hosting Dominic Galati Jr. the second weekend of January. Galati is is the founder and president of Compelled 2 Go Impact Int'l, a leadership training ministry. He has partnered with more than 1,600 churches to train pastors, Christian leaders and laity in personal impact. Galti recently published Hope 2 the Rescue, which combines the biblical command to evangelize and the modern day mandate to reach people in ways that work in today's culture.
Goodhue County 4-H is partnering with Missoula Children's Theatre and the Zumbrota State Theatre to present "Blackbeard the Pirate." Members of clubs may auditions at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Jan.14, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Zumbrota. Rehearsals will be 4:15-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. each day throughout the week at the State Theatre.
St. Crispin Living Community of Red Wing will receive a $70,000 award from the Minnesota Department of Health Home and Community-Based Scholarship Grant Program. The grant is to train workers in home and community based services — registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants. Special focus is given on training and retaining these high-quality jobs and workers in keeping with St. Crispin's evolving "neighborhood model." This funding supports an existing partnership with Minnesota State College Southeast.
Executive Director of Potter Ridge, Paige Anderson was speaking to a few residents about the Red Wing bridge project. They were thrilled with the progress. As they got to chatting, Anderson mentioned she wanted to donate money to get all of the construction workers lunch. The residents said they loved the idea and would like to chip in. After some contemplation, they decided to make sub sandwichs, donate chips and drinks and take a lunch to the workers as a Christmas gift and to say thank you for all of their hard work. Personal thanks notes are also in the works.