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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When Dia Her walks the rows of plants on her parcel of land, plucking weeds and commenting on the size of the cucumbers, her face tells a story of pride. She farms a 5-acre plot on the HAFA—Hmong American Farmers Association—near Vermillion and west of Hastings along Highway 52, where she grows beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, peanuts, tomatoes and flowers. "I like to grow everything," Her said, "but I don't have enough time. I try to do it, but it is not possible."
After months of complaints from local residents, the City of Wabasha and the United States Army Corps of Engineers - USACE - have signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the placement of dredged materials from the Mississippi River. The original plan developed by USACE would have had the dredged materials being placed on the Drysdale farm south of Wabasha. "People were concerned about air pollution, sound pollution, traffic problems, and tearing up the roads," said Wabasha Mayor Rollin Hall. "It seemed like it was going to be a major disturbance."
Farming has been a tradition with Hmong Americans since the first refugees left Laos and arrived in the United States after the Vietnam War. "We don't celebrate birthdays," said Pakou Hang, executive director of HAFA, the Hmong American Farmers Association. She said a Hmong person is more apt to say, "I was born in the time of planting corn."
It happens every day. Maybe several times a day. The phone rings, you answer, and a recorded voice tries to sell you a vacation in the Caribbean or a fast track out of debt. Sometimes you answer and no one responds. Either way, you get angry. These marketing calls used to be made by human beings who could make dozens of calls a day. Now they are made by computers with recorded messages, and they are capable of making millions of calls a day. Cheaply. They are robocalls. They are annoying. They waste time and tie up phone lines. In most cases, they are illegal.
LAKE CITY — When the SkiDox water ski team roared past the crowd at Water Ski Days y with members stacked three levels high, they were focused on one thing — teamwork. "It is incredible teamwork," said Kindra Walstad, who has been on the team 20 years. "We have to move with one another. There is a lot of talking and communicating. You have to trust the people who are out there next to you."
Two people were transported to the hospital following a two-car crash at the intersection of Highway 58 and County Road 9 in Goodhue Tuesday morning. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a blue Chevy pickup was northbound on Highway 58 and turned left onto County Road 9 when it was struck by a gray Ford pickup heading south on Highway 58. The state trooper reported the Chevy failed to yield before turning left.
When customers leave the Red Wing Bicycle Company, owner Andrew Petersen wants them to be prepared, be courteous and be safe, so they enjoy every ride as much as possible. Petersen, who opened the store two years ago, is happy to work with cyclists to make sure they are ready to take care of emergencies that might arise on a cycling trip. One of the quickest ways to ruin a trip is to get a flat tire, said Petersen. "The easiest way to avoid a flat tire is to ride on properly inflated tires."
WABASHA — The National Eagle Center is launching the summer fishing program June 20 and the celebration of Bald Eagle Days June 22-24. With paid admission, kids 15 and younger can use fishing equipment supplied by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the National Eagle Center to fish on the Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge from the public dock at the National Eagle Center every Wednesday until Aug. 29.
When two teachers work in a school with SMART Boards on the walls and iPads on every desk, how do they help teachers whose students might not even have paper and pencils? That's one of the challenges that Drew Waldbillig and Shauna Groski from Bluff View Elementary in Lake City will face when they travel to Tanzania in August. "When we are in a school here," Groski said, "we take it for granted that every teacher has a college degree. In Tanzania, we might work with some teachers who only have a fourth-grade education."
A rollover crash on Highway 61 in Red Wing resulted in minor injuries early on the morning of June 5, 2018. The crash reduced traffic to one lane for 45 minutes. At approximately 8:15 a.m., a southbound Mercury Mariner turned left in front of a Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey struck the Mariner broadside, rolling it over near the stop sign at McDonald's coming off North Service Drive. There were no passengers in either vehicle.