Steve Gardiner taught high school English and journalism for 38 years in Montana and Wyoming. He started working at the Republican Eagle in May 2018. He focuses on features and outdoor stories.
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As students return to the classroom, it's a good time to consider the apps they are using on their smart devices. Some of them can be dangerous, according to local law enforcement officers. "This is a problem nationwide, and it is absolutely a problem in Minnesota," said Ryan Olson, detective with the Dakota County Electronic Crimes Task Force in Hastings.
It was an ambitious plan. Paddle 1,200 miles on three rivers in one summer. That's OK. Michael Anderson is an ambitious person, especially when there is an adventure involved. Add a social cause to that mix, and he's all in. When Anderson and Paul Twedt planned the Three Rivers Project, they knew it would be a challenge. They wanted to paddle the St. Croix River, the Minnesota River and the Minnesota section of the Mississippi River. They also wanted to pick up trash as they went.
When the Chippewa River pushed enough sand into the Mississippi River to form Lake Pepin, it highlighted the effort with an artistic flourish. It created the Mississippi backwaters, a gem in the midst of extensive aquatic beauty. The backwaters, braided with streams from the Chippewa River delta, seem perfectly designed for kayaking, and Michael Anderson, river guide for Broken Paddle Guiding Company in Wabasha, enjoys taking people there.
In his seven years as a lockmaster, Tim Tabery has seen boaters make many serious mistakes in the dangerous waters around a dam. "There is a hydraulic effect on the downstream side of the dam," Tabery said. "Some people don't realize this, and that is why we have fatalities. The water spins and spins and spins, and you are not going to get out of it." The turbulent water below the dam as well as a strong-flowing area above the dam are called "restricted areas" according to Tabery, a resident of Hastings. Those areas are marked with buoys featuring an orange diamond on them.
Craig Zemke's memories of delivering newspapers in Red Wing in the late 1950s won him two tickets to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre to see the Disney-based production of "Newsies." "My wife knew my stories about delivering newspapers and decided it would be interesting to get tickets for my birthday," said Zemke, who used to deliver the Minneapolis Star and the Republican Eagle with brother Al. "She went on the website to order tickets and saw a notice about the contest."
RED WING — Minneapolis multimedia artist Mike Hazard is displaying a series of photos of the Hmong American Farmers Association—HAFA—at the Red Wing Depot until Sept. 23. Red Wing Arts is sponsoring the exhibit titled "Seeds of Change: A Portrait of the Hmong American Farmers Association."
With four precincts out of four reporting at 10:41 p.m. Tuesday, Faye Brown and Amy Alkire are leading the pack in the primary election for Lake City City Council. According to unofficial numbers on the Secretary of State website :
Police negotiators were able to talk a man who threatened suicide into surrendering and seeking medical help in an incident Monday morning, according to Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman. The man was in the back of a car and two friends were in the front seat, Pohlman said. The front-seat passenger called police and told them they were driving the man to the Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center. Upon arriving in the parking lot, the driver and front-seat passenger exited the car.
A 4-year-old child was fatally injured in Zumbrota Monday morning, according to Zumbrota Police Chief Patrick J. Callahan. The child was playing on a swing set when it collapsed on top of the child, Callahan reported. The Zumbrota Police Department, the Zumbrota Area ambulance Service and North Air Care all responded to the scene in the city of Zumbrota. Lifesaving efforts were not successful. The incident is under investigation with the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office. The name of the child has not been released.
Growing up on Chicago's Southside, Scott Thomson often wandered the alleys behind Western Avenue. He wasn't looking for trouble; he was looking for scrap wood or metal. "We didn't have a lot of money for toys," Thomson said, "so my friends and I would go scour the alleys looking for packing crates and other things we could bring home to make things." He would look at the materials he found and imagine what they could become. The salvaged wood and metal evolved into toys and furniture which he later learned he could not only use, but sell.