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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When it comes to growing apples at Sogn Valley Orchard, John Zimmer wants it to be as efficient as possible. Buying an orchard isn't a common thing, according to Zimmer. They're usually passed down in a family from each generation. But 11 years ago, Zimmer said he was looking for a new challenge and driving to the orchard located off of County 9 Blvd., tucked away among some sporadic homes in Dennison, was interesting to him. With a farming background, Zimmer said he saw the potential for the land and decided to take it over, wanting to redesign the orchard.
A couple accused of threatening employees at gunpoint were extradited to Goodhue County and booked in the county jail on Oct. 5. Michael James Berry, 39, and Natasha Renae Berry, 40, were arrested in Jackson County, Ohio, on June 9, just a day after holding Crothall Laundry employees at gunpoint, court documents show. On June 5, Michael James Berry was inquiring about getting his old job back at the laundry service. Stephen Fisher, the operations manager of the laundry service, asked Michael James Berry to fill out a job application.
The human remains found July 14, 2018, in West Newton were that of David John Sheridan, a boater who had been missing since late-April, the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office announced Friday. The remains were identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension through a DNA match, according to the Sept. 7 news release. Sheridan, 61, of Pepin, had taken his Dragonfly sailboat for a test run on Lake Pepin and was reported missing after the boat was found unoccupied the following morning.
Pierce County experienced a strong storm on the afternoon of Sept. 4, causing slight flooding. The rainfall totals were high according to the National Weather Service local storm report on Sept. 5. The following were the rainfall totals with corresponding times from the storm: • 7 a.m.: Prescott, 2.39 inches. • 7 a.m.: Ellsworth, 3.04 inches. • 7 a.m.: River Falls, 2.27 inches. • 8 a.m.: El Paso Township: 2.81 inches.
A Goodhue couple has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct. A hearing in the case was held Wednesday, Aug. 29, in Goodhue County District Court Michael and Heather Germain were arrested in April 2017 after an investigation into reports of a juvenile being sexually assaulted and exploited.
A storm hit parts of Red Wing hard on Monday afternoon, causing damage in numerous areas of town and extending to the city airport across the river in Bay City. The National Weather Service announced a tornado warning a little after 5 p.m. Aug. 27, lasting just an hour. The storm traveled quickly, crossing over Cannon Falls and Welch and reaching Red Wing by 5:45 p.m. According to the National Weather Service Twin Cities Twitter account, Red Wing experienced a wind gust of 82 mph.
ZUMBROTA — A new crop is beginning to take form at Willow's Keep Farm outside of Zumbrota. It's not corn or soybeans. The crop isn't to be confused with ditch weed or marijuana. It's hemp. The multi-purpose, versatile crop is going to be turned into a maze for people to walk through, while also getting a hands-on education from the farm's owner, Ted Galaty. Previously, the site had a corn maze as a part of the farm's haunted house experience: Fright Farm. Galaty predicts the hemp will grow about 8 feet tall. Galaty said some hemp will grow upwards of 12 feet.
LAKE CITY—Norman Erickson never gets sick of hazelnuts. The city boy turned farmer even has a license plate on his truck that says HAZLNUT. Erickson and his wife, Mary Erickson, own Hazelnut Valley Farm, 30 acres of land in Lake City, on the other side of Bluff View Elementary, through the trees. For 18 of those acres, the Ericksons' rent out the land for growing non-GMO corn. The remaining 12 acres are reserved for 4,000 hazelnut bushes. And a slight slithering of grape vines.
The Red Wing Men's Chorus will perform at First United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. July 22. The group will be joined by CHORD SMASH!, a barbershop quartet that includes Scott Perau, the Red Wing High School choir director and leader of the men's chorus. Perau said the concert is free, though a free-will donation will be set up for those interested. The money will benefit the Red Wing High School Choral Music Program.
After the death of two brothers and their grandmother in a two-vehicle accident, a vigil was held in their honor July 20 at Bay Point Park. On July 14, Robert Welch, 50, of Hager City, Stacy Lande, 47, of Hager City, and Zachary R. Johnson, 8, and Taylor S. Johnson, 5, of Red Wing, were traveling northbound on County Road 18 in Welch Township. Welch, the operator of the vehicle, crossed over the centerline on a curve. A vehicle coming from the opposite direction swerved to avoid the vehicle, but was unable, and struck the passenger side of the vehicle.