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Flag-waving, patriotic music and tributes to soldiers of the past and the present will put Old Glory in the spotlight throughout Memorial Day weekend. Locally, observances kick off Friday night with the dedication of the Field of Honor at Bay Point Park. Upwards of 300 flags, each tagged with the name of an honored or memorialized veteran, will be displayed through Monday afternoon. The public is encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Retired Army Gen.
Authorities evacuated about 25 homes in rural Pepin County Wednesday afternoon following an incident involving a natural gas pipeline. A farmer using a backhoe scraper in his field on 730th Street near Silver Birch Road and Round Hill Road hit the 8-inch diameter pipeline, according to Mike Loffer of Northern Natural Gas Co., which owns and operates the pipeline. Residents living within a 1/2-mile radius of the site in Waterville Township just south of Arkansaw were being asked to leave the area, said Kim Seipel, Pepin County chief deputy. Emergency crews were on the scene.
A man was found dead Monday afternoon in a sport utility vehicle submerged in Mud Lake along the east side of Highway 63 on the Wisconsin side of the Eisenhower Bridge. The man has been identified but his name is being withheld until the Pierce County sheriff's department can notify family members. Spokesmen for the sheriff's department said officials believe the man was traveling east on Highway 63 either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning when he veered off the road. The SUV traveled 150 yards through the ditch before entering the water.
HAGER CITY -- A 24-year-old man was found dead Monday afternoon in a sport utility vehicle submerged in Mud Lake along the east side of Highway 63 on the Wisconsin side of the Eisenhower Bridge within sight of Red Wing. The Lake City, Minn., man has been identified but his name is being withheld until the Pierce County sheriff's department can notify family members.
Our region, nay, our nation lost a treasure last month with the death of Bill Holm, writer, conversationalist, pianist extraordinaire. Bill died too young at age 65. The newspapers called him a giant in more ways than one. At 6'6" the big Icelander from Minneota, Minn., had big appetites all around, for reading, for writing, for big roast beef dinners, for good bourbon. I just talked to a mutual friend about how sad it was that Bill should die so young. "Oh, well," said my friend, he lived "two lives for our one." That's so.
The third annual "Bling and Chocolate," a fundraiser for the Goodhue County History Center, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at the museum. The event includes both silent and oral auctions of donated items. Vintage and new jewelry is featured, but this year's event also will include limited accessories -- handbags and scarves or wraps. The ticket price includes a selection of chocolates and chocolate desserts. Bling and Chocolate is limited to 12 tables of six -- each decorated by a hostess to reflect a theme or color scheme. Tickets are $15.
Auditions are scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 13, for the Lake Pepin Art & Design Center's first production, the musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors." Tryouts will be at 6:30 p.m. at the center, Second and Main streets, Pepin. All seven parts are singing roles, executive director Andrea Myklebust said. The cast will include three men and four women. Those who audition for acting roles will be asked to read for the part and also to perform a one-minute musical selection they have prepared.
The region's top accordion players are getting together again this year to present Accordion-O-Rama at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota. They'll take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16. "The players are all accordion heavyweights," Crossings officials said: "Daddy Squeeze" Dan Newton of the Café Accordion Orchestra, Larry Malmberg of the Viking Accordion Band and the Minnesota Orchestra, Patrick Harison from the Loose Marbles Street Band and the Baby Soda Jazz Band, and freelance accordionist Mark Stillman.
Walter H. Field, 87, of Lake City, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at Lake City Hospital Mayo Health Center in Lake City. Walter was born June 24, 1921, in Lake City, Minnesota, to James and Rosa Anne (Meyer) Field. He graduated from Red Wing High School in 1939. Walter married Elizabeth (Liz) McRae on Oct. 19, 1945, at the Island Bible Chapel. They farmed in the Red Wing area for a short time until moving to Diamond Bluff in 1947. Walter worked for the Red Wing Shoe Co. for 32 years until retiring Jan. 1, 1984.
Two talented upper Midwestern writers with ethnic interests headline today's book report. The first is by University of Wiscosnin-Superior poet and fiction writer Anthony Bukoski. It's a collection of short stories, Bukoski's fifth book, entitled "North of the Port" (Southern Methodist University Press, $22.50). Bukoski, who grew up in Superior, sets most of his stories on the port city's east end, a Polish ghetto in the throes of change.