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A severe storm went through Red Wing around 5:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27. This story is developing. Check back for details.
The next great bald eagle ambassador has landed at the National Eagle Center. On March 4, the National Eagle Center publicly announced the name of their newest eagle ambassador to an enthusiastic crowd gathered in Wabasha.
Government of, by and for the people requires keeping "the people" informed. This includes timely, vetted notification of the actions that their elected representatives intend to take, the actions they do take, the laws they change and the money they spend in the process. Every year a few misguided lawmakers seek to end the publishing of government notices in newspapers. Supporters argue that in the digital age, the practice is unnecessary.
The inaugural Big Turn Music Festival is coming to Red Wing on Feb. 16-17, 2018. This two-day event will feature more than 100 bands playing at 18 venues across downtown. Big Turn is led by Red Wing native and Midwest Music Fest founder Sam Brown and organized by a dedicated team of local music enthusiasts: Brooke Herling, Adam Brown, Christopher Warrington, Hans Hovelson and Elly Williams. Single-day pass: $25 Two-day pass: $40 Two-day VIP pass: $65 Ticket prices will go up by $10 on Feb. 16.
A lucky Powerball ticket purchased in Red Wing will pay out $50,000 after the latest drawing was announced Jan. 6. The ticket was sold at Kwik Trip, 4820 U.S. Highway 61. This is one of three winning tickets worth $50,000 identified that night; the others were sold in Duluth and Kellogg, Minn. A $50,000 Powerball ticket also sold in Red Wing in July 2016 to Jonathan Weissinger, a resident of Zumbro Falls. The names of the Jan. 6 Minnesota Lottery Powerball winners have not yet been released.
The Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant resumed operations Nov. 20 after employees and contractors finished refueling and maintenance projects on the plant's Unit 2. This was the plant's 30th refueling in its 44 years of operation, and the work involved nearly 600 plant workers and about 1,000 contract specialists from around the country. The refueling was also an economic boost for the region as contractors stayed in local hotels, visited restaurants, and spent locally on goods and services.
Many thanks to the Red Wing Fire Department, Pierce County Sheriff's Department and my many concerned neighbors and fellow travelers on Wisconsin Highway 35 on Halloween who stopped to render aid after a nearly very serious accident. I was only shaken up and the occupants of the other car suffered a broken rib. I'm not sure about their car, but my pickup is likely totaled.
Highway 61 traffic south of the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing will be switched to the new southbound lanes Tuesday, Oct. 10, as crews begin work on the new northbound lanes, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. The work is part of the effort to complete the new Highway 61 and button hook signalized intersection so it is ready to activate early next spring when the slip ramp on the Red Wing side of the bridge is closed.
Pierce County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Marshals and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry Program recently conducted a residence verification operation for registered sex offenders. On Aug. 9, deputies checked the addresses of 40 registered sex offenders in Pierce County. Two were found to be non-compliant and were quickly brought back into compliance. The Sex Offender Registry Program specialist will investigate and make recommendations to the district attorney as necessary.
Motorists on Highway 61 near the Red Wing Bridge will encounter flaggers after 6 p.m. Aug. 30 as crews replace a culvert under the road overnight, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. The lane closure will take place overnight while the culvert is replaced and the road is repaved. The flaggers will be posted with temporary lighting for visibility to motorists. Work is expected to be completed by 6 a.m. Aug. 31. If weather is not conducive to work on Aug. 30, crews will return on Aug. 31 to do the work.