The Goodhue County 4-H Dairy Judging Team placed second — by just one point to Wisconsin who took the top honors — at the 2018 World Dairy Expo judging contest. Coached by Tony and Maizie Scheffler, Emily Pieper and Haley Leiding, the team consisted of Jay Dicke, Goodhue; Kjersten Veiseth, Goodhue; Madelyn Wehe, Faribault, and Owen Scheffler, Kenyon-Wanamingo. As a team they placed second overall and sixth in reasons, first in Brown Swiss and third in Guernsey.
This year, Oct. 7-13 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, a time to shine a light on mental illness and replace stigma with hope. Mental Illnesses are very common in the world today — one in five adults experiences a mental illness in any given year. Mental Illnesses can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, religion or income. Yet people are still afraid to talk about them due to shame, misunderstanding, negative attitudes and fear of discrimination.
October is internationally known as an awareness month to educate people about breast cancer. People may choose to wear pink ribbons and attend special fundraising events to raise awareness about this type of cancer. Substantial support for breast cancer awareness and research funding has helped create advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Breast cancer survival rates have significantly improved due to advances in treatment.
Wabasha County Historical Society, Reads Landing School Museum, will hold an open house 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the museum and agricultural heritage building. The rug loom will also be demonstrated. Coloring pages and books are available for children. A photo opportunity in prisoner garb will be available in the jail. The museum located at 70537 206th Ave., Reads Landing, is commemorating its 53rd season. Admission is free; donations accepted.
Every year, it seems, the Eagle reports on an Xcel "community breakfast" without notifying its readers in advance that this is happening, or making an effort to verify Xcel's statements and seek out and report other points of view. Thus, Xcel seems to control who attends, and what gets reported out of, these annual events. This goes a long way toward helping Xcel ensure that only Xcel's views and interests are known to local officials and the general public. This also resembles the practice of stenography more than the practice of journalism.
The world is undoubtedly a better place with Nicky Buck in it, and for her generous work advocating for others, the Human Rights Commission has named Buck the winner of the 2018 Amos Owen Award.
The Goodhue County Board began planning to hold budget talks in February and held its first budget planning meeting on May 15, 2018. These discussions about costs and benefits were started early to avoid the last minute, crisis-management mentality that has plagued the budget process in the past. Budget meetings and discussions are where the needs of roads and bridges, Health and Human Services, veterans, the elderly, the homeless, and the vulnerable, are supposed to be discussed.
An open letter to Mayor Sean Dowse, If you step back from your edge, you will note that most every natural spot is "sacred" to tribes. To note such in this age of community seems very much an easy political dodge. The issue here is a long tradition of simply painting the high school graduation class year on a small bit of limestone. It has nothing to do with any implied sub-cultural comment. Nothing. Is it not past time to acknowledge traditions of others as well, especially when they have no cultural bias? Good grief. Jim Million
Sometimes senior citizens dread the thought of another heating season because of its high costs. Seniors Saving Energy at Home is a program to improve energy efficiency by making simple changes that can add up to savings. The Red Wing Sustainability Commission with support from Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy is offering a free seminar and luncheon about the Home Energy Squad 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 18 at Pier 55.
It was not easy for Goodhue County to achieve the $500,000 federal grant to establish a drug treatment court. One of the most important criteria was community involvement. That involvement included a unique partnership between the County Board, the city of Red Wing, the Republican Eagle, the Duff Endowment, and the experts and the citizens of Red Wing who were involved or concerned with addiction.