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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An old sandpit near the Sportsman's Club in Frontenac off Highway 61 has been transformed into the Frontenac Solar Garden, reflecting a trend of rapidly increasing use of solar power throughout Minnesota. "This site was an old quarry," said Karl von Knobelsdorff, owner of Knobelsdorff Electric, Inc. from Goodhue. "It is a good use of the land. You don't like to see a solar garden go onto nice farm land."
LAKE CITY — Six candidates vied for three spots on the Lake City City Council, and Amy Kohrs Alkire with 1306 votes, Faye Brown with 1271, and Russell Boe with 1159 emerged as winners. Candidates not selected were John Mead with 1009 votes, Jason DeVinny with 711 votes, and Greg Schreck with 659 votes. There write 28 write-ins. The Lake City School Board also had six candidates for three positions. The three incumbent candidates retained their jobs.
The Goodhue County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to proclaim Goodhue County a Purple Heart County at their meeting Nov. 6. Veterans Service Officer Robby Robinson requested that the board make that designation. He also reported that 1,910,162 Purple Hearts have been awarded to United States military personnel and that Veterans Services' records show 30 Purple Heart recipients currently live in Goodhue County. The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the U.S. president to those who are killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces, according to Robinson.
If teachers want students to work hard, be engaged, and learn well, those teachers encourage students to work on something they care about, something that fits their passions. That's exactly what Dr. Travis Thul, dean of Trade and Technology, hopes to do with the new Bicycle Design and Fabrication Program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing. The idea to start the program came from another program that already exists at the college - the Guitar Repair and Building Program.
When Art Owen, Dakota spiritual leader, addressed the crowd gathered at Barn Bluff on Oct. 16, his voice was positive, filled with hope that the Prairie Island Indian Community and the city of Red Wing were coming together to work for the benefit of all. Ten days later, at age 68, he died unexpectedly at the United Hospital in St. Paul. Peggy Rehder, former Red Wing City Council member, said she has heard conversations since the ceremony at Barn Bluff "about how helpful it was to have Arthur speak out, and now, it is just sad that that voice is silent."
The Red Wing Area Manufacturers Association and the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Manufacturers Appreciation Luncheon Monday, Oct. 22, in the St. James Hotel. Several speakers briefly addressed the group, including Sean Dowse, mayor of Red Wing, Barb Haley, Minnesota House representative from District 21A, Lori Ann Clark, candidate for Minnesota House representative in District 21A, Mike Goggin, Minnesota senator for District 21 and Karin Housley, Minnesota senator for District 39 and U.S. Senate candidate.
There are now two bridges at Barn Bluff. The first, under construction for months, will join the two banks of the Mississippi River. The second, in need of work for decades, built long spans in one afternoon, closing the distance between two communities, two cultures, two ways of thinking and living.
A recent federal law makes it easier for consumers to protect their financial security by freezing their accounts with all three major credit agencies for free. Prior to this law coming into effect on Sept. 21, individuals could freeze and unfreeze their accounts, but those actions required paying a fee each time, according to Bruce Carlstrom, president of Lake City Federal Bank.
Community members who want to take action against poverty in Red Wing will have an opportunity to get involved in discussions and leadership sessions when United Way brings Blandin Foundation speakers to town starting Oct. 16. Jodi Pfarr, a nationally known speaker, will discuss ways of thinking and acting related to poverty at the free kick-off dinner 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Minnesota State College Southeast, Room 314.
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.