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.
I was deeply disappointed by the tone and misinformation in Jason Majerus' viewpoint (RE, Sept. 29, 2018: "Three commissioners put mural over real Issue." Not so. Majerus's scornful tone and public sarcasm aimed at his colleagues is unprofessional and does not reflect their thoughtful contributions to discussing the preliminary budget and levy presented by Scott Arneson, Goodhue County Administrator, at the Sept. 18 County Board meeting.
Explore the Whos, Whats, and Whys of Red Wing. Join the Red Wing native and historian Frederick Johnson for an interactive history seminar at the Goodhue County History Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 9 through Nov. 30. Explore the history of Red Wing from territorial days to present through a series of six 90-minute seminars — 45-minute lecture and 45-minute discussion. Topics will include: • Territorial days and settlement, 1849-1860 • Civil War: Red Wing's distinguished record, 1861-1965
Many volunteers and city crews came to help with the Cannon Falls cleanup event Saturday, Sept. 29. There were over 75 volunteers and over 25 personnel from area communities including Inver Grove Heights, Hastings, Pine Island and Red Wing, in addition to 20 city of Cannon Falls staff. Cannon Falls also is grateful to the Salvation Army, who provided a canteen vehicle to serve breakfast, snacks and lunch for all, and the many businesses and organizations that provided donations or assistance.
Workshops based on improv games taught by Stevie Ray's Improv Troupe of Chanhassen are being offered to help improve communication, resolve conflict and build trust, self confidence, teamwork and leadership skills noon to 1 p.m., Mondays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22 at the Red Wing Public Library Foot Room.