Yesterday a neighbor left an invitation at our house, asking us to join neighbors to cool off in their pool that evening. "After 6 PM, plastic and cans only, no glass please!" What a surprise! Their generous invitation — one we couldn't accept as we already had cool-down plans — made me think about the importance of simple, thoughtful actions in ensuring the comfort, health and safety of folks in a community.
Welcome to Red Wing — what's not to love? Charming downtown. Bluffs. River views. Growing up in this community and still a frequent visitor, I also value the outskirts of town. Hay Creek Township has miles of state trails and a peaceful, rural vibe. But rows of dumpsters, environmental risks, and truck traffic? That's new and unexpected.
Adverse childhood experiences are one way to characterize childhood trauma stemming from abuse, neglect or endangerment. ACEs are currently a major focus for trying to understand how children are impacted by trauma. It correlates with lifelong problems associated with attention span and learning as well as both mental and physical health. Research has shown that multiple ACEs cause deep and often irreparable harm in children depending on the number and seriousness of the traumas experienced.
This is one of the darkest periods in American history. I, Robert Alleva, am the son of an immigrant and I personally feel President Donald Trump, the attorney general and the National Security director should be tried for crimes against humanity by an international court. These horrible crimes should be addressed; many families will suffer for years due to the policies by our government. No government should commit such horrible crimes. It was important for me to let my city; state and country know where I stand in regard to serious crimes.
It's a cliché that we've become a politically polarized nation. We can't even agree on which news is "real" news anymore. Still, I've always hoped that, beneath this your-team-vs.-my-team mentality, we had some kind of moral compass, a set of values that we would uphold as Americans — or just as human beings. But I'm afraid we've lost it. We've started pretending that when "our" side does something morally wrong, if it fits a new law or policy, or if it might provide a means to an end, then it's OK. We've started excusing things that are inexcusable.
The 17th annual Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival will take place in the village's East End Park Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. According to festival organizers, the event will be cheesier than ever with more food, entertainment and tasting opportunities.
For many of us life has been good, with no worries about what we are going to eat for our next meal, if we can fix our car if it breaks down or if we have enough money to pay our bills. However, for some, this is an everyday worry. Twelve percent of Minnesotans live in poverty. In Goodhue County, the poverty rate is 10.9 percent.
Goodhue County recognizes the historic and economic values of the bluffs that line the many rivers and valleys of the county. It has rules in place to protect and preserve the sensitive physical features of the bluffs. Standards regulate the setback of development from bluff impact zones to protect the existing and natural scenic values, soils, water and bedrock from disruption. They also regulate alterations of the natural vegetation and topography.
On May 7, the Florence Township Planning Commission held a meeting to adopt a "property maintenance" rule with the blessing of the Town Board, they said. They would not accept input from the public (all two of us) that didn't agree with their agenda. This is a thinly veiled plot pitting neighbor against neighbor to gain power and control over our private freedoms and property rights provided by the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Minnesota Trespass laws. Those who study history know that all failed democracies have failed from the inside.
Next Monday, weather permitting, a historic milestone will be accomplished on the existing Eisenhower Bridge. We are scheduled to complete our last fractural critical inspection on June 11. Any inspection next spring would be routine in advance of bridge demolition in the fall of next year. This means the opening of the new Mississippi River crossing bridge is on the horizon by late September or early October of 2019 and it is inching closer to the time when planning for a ribbon-cutting celebration may start. Wow, things have moved fast in this regard.