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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GOODHUE — After seeing the school bond pass a month prior, the Goodhue Facilities Planning Committee met on Dec. 6 to begin the design phase. Now called the Design Committee, the group of almost 20 members began looking at where the construction will take place on the building. The district is centralized in one building, originally built in 1935. Since then there have been additions, the last coming 15 years ago. The committee comprises faculty, residents and School Board members looking to make sure the money voters approved goes to the right places.
With an always changing marketplace, River Valley Power and Sport is ending its outdoor power equipment sales and services beginning this month. The Red Wing-based business will focus on its property maintenance, marine and powersports businesses. Owner John Wooden said the way people buy power equipment has changed, making it difficult to continue that side of the business. At this time, that endeavor is no longer "economically viable."
The Jefferson School Building was a hotly contested topic at the Red Wing School Board meeting on Dec. 3. The discussion centered on the Stencil Group's proposal to purchase the block-sized property and establish a 70-unit senior living facility. Based out of Sioux Falls, S.D., with offices in Rochester and St. Paul, CEO Nate Stencil represented the company and their plans to the board. The property wasn't previously for sale by the district, but Stencil and his group were given tours of the facility in the spring.
Since voters passed the two-question referendum last month, the Red Wing School District highlighted the upcoming levy increase during the annual Truth and Taxation meeting Dec. 3. The board stopped its regular meeting to begin the tax hearing at 6 p.m., which began with a presentation by Jackie Paradis of School Management Services. Paradis highlighted the 32 percent increase from 2018 to 2019 for the general fund. The main reason why the increase is so large is the Nov. 6 referendum passage.
The first day of December saw upwards of 11 inches of snow for some areas in southern Minnesota. Areas in southeastern Minnesota like Rochester, Kenyon and Plainview saw 7.1 inches, 5.8 inches, and 4.1 inches of snow, respectively, according to the National Weather Service on Sunday. Zumbro Falls accumulated with three inches, with Lake City and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport saw 2.8 inches. Only 2.3 inches of snow was reported in Red Wing. Lakefield and Sherburn saw 11 inches of snow in the western part of the state.
The Maker Space, an area where people can have access to engineering and manufacturing resources, on the Minnesota State College Southeast Red Wing campus was a more than appropriate setting for the roundtable discussion held on Nov. 27. The discussion brought community leaders ranging from business owners, educators and the mayor together to talk about how the college can better their partnership with the city. In attendance was Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra, who said from the start that he was there to listen and learn.
Goodhue County residents will have the opportunity to discuss and listen to tax proposals at upcoming city and school board meetings. Truth-in-Taxation meetings are annual property hearings that are required for most cities and all school districts. Bellechester and Dennison due to their size are not required to hold hearings and have no meeting date scheduled at this time, according to the county.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning potential drivers this weekend to plan ahead for a severe winter storm on Dec. 1. According to a press release from the department, the National Weather Service is anticipating chances of freezing rain, up to six inches of snow and winds gusting to 35 mph in southeastern Minnesota beginning on Saturday morning and through Sunday afternoon.
While it may not have been how she envisioned her art career, Kate Bauman loves to sink her hands into some clay. Bauman, who grew up in Lake City and returned to the area in the mid-2000s, revels in the physical, textural elements of art. It's about getting her hands dirty. "I fell in love with clay because I just love the feel of it," Bauman said. "You can transform it into just about anything." Bauman has tried many different forms of art, including painting or drawing, but said she always finds herself adding those textural elements.
The Red Wing Police Department will hold a citizen's academy to show residents what it's like to be an officer. The academy will cover topics ranging from the adult detention center, investigations, use of force and more. Applications are being accepted now with the academy set to run from Jan. 15 to Feb. 19. The academy is 18 hours of training. To sign up, visit the city of Red Wing website — www.red-wing.org — and look under the police tab.