Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism.
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Eric Spagenski doesn't like using the word "stigma" to describe his work combating substance abuse. You'll likely never catch the treatment director of Common Ground using phrases like "anti-stigma campaign." "I would prefer to change the word to discrimination," Spagenski said. "We've far surpassed stigma. And I think we've become numb to what stigma means. Stigma against mental health, stigma against addiction, stigma against obesity. "No, we're discriminatory at this point."
A Prescott man was arrested on Nov. 6 after violating a harassment restraining order and sexually assaulting a Goodhue County woman, authorities say. Robert Lee Dullum, 36, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree criminal sexual conduct, domestic assault, and violating a restraining order. All are felony charges.
With Goodhue Public School District Superintendent Mike Redmond set to leave for the same position in the Shakopee School District soon, the Goodhue School Board held interviews to find his replacement. Redmond has been splitting his time between Goodhue and Shakopee, and will continue to do so before transitioning to Shakopee in January. In an email to the Republican Eagle, School Board Chair Ann Buck said they interviewed three candidates: • Joseph Jezierski, director of teaching & learning, Red Wing School District;
Although the Minnesota School Boards Association has asked the Red Wing School Board to rescind two resolutions for consideration by all members, the district has decided to press on with one of them. The resolutions have to do with changing the language in state statute related to sexual orientation and sexual harassment.
A pair of men allegedly tried to break into a recently deceased man's home, only to be intercepted by the Goodhue County Sheriff's deputies who were waiting for them. Mark Donald Greseth, 23, Zumbrota, and Jason Robert Scinto, 32, Byron, were arrested at a Wanamingo residence on Nov. 4, trying to break into a garage by prying and hitting the door to gain access, authorities. said. The residence belonged to Gregory Greseth, who recently died, and is the brother of Mark Greseth.
Whether it's celebrating National Bologna Day or reminding students to be their B.E.S.T., Burnside Today delivers the important news of the day. Burnside Today is a short, two- or three-minute video that students and faculty watch every day during school at Burnside Elementary. Started around 10 years ago by Mike Pagel and Neil Lahammer, the program was used to deliver what was for lunch or tell students and faculty to have a happy birthday, among other things.
Red Wing High School held a ceremony to honor veterans in the community on Nov. 9. Partnered with Minnesota State College Southeast and the Hiawatha Valley Family Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, the high school invited the community and their students to attend the hour long morning ceremony. The All Veterans Color Guard and Civil Air Patrol presented the colors, with the high school and college providing music for attendees. Veterans across every branch of the military were honored, with each being recognized during the ceremony.
Bluff Country Campground has a new owner in the form of the Village of Bay City. The village approved the purchase of the campground back in April, after Village President James Turvaville called it "a good business proposition" after a September board meeting. The village purchased the property from previous owner and Bay City resident Donald Peavey for $300,000, the appraised value of the property according to Turvaville.
With the levy set to expire, Red Wing School District needed to pass a new referendum to secure funding for the years to come and avoid massive cuts. The voters responded Nov. 6, passing both ballot questions, 5,478 votes to 3,601 and 5,134 votes to 3,944. Question one will increase the current operating levy of $811.64 per student to $1,200 per pupil over the next five years. Question two will add an additional $450 per student.
In May, the Goodhue Public School District failed to pass their building referendum, 500-449. Six months later, the district was able to pass a two-question, $29 million revised referendum to help improve the current school, 823-652 for question one and 737-717 for question two. Shortly after the totals were counted on Nov. 6, Superintendent Mike Redmond answered questions from the Republican Eagle, saying the revision and more communication with the public helped get this vote through.