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Just days away from the inaugural Big Turn Music Fest, founder Sam Brown and assistant director Brooke Herling are exhausted but excited. They've sold 330 tickets online and expect to sell more before the music starts on Friday night. Along with the crowd of show-goers, 250 musicians will perform that weekend and 120 volunteers will help keep it all on track. "It's gonna be a hip-hoppin' time," Brown said with a laugh. Big Turn may lead the pack with 700-plus attendees this weekend, but other fun events are happening around town as well.
As Minnesotans manage their disappointment over the Vikings' loss last weekend, a silver lining for some is the economic impact that many out-of-town visitors will have on the region. But will the Super Bowl surplus ripple out into Red Wing? So far, signs point to no. Air traffic Due to the additional air traffic anticipated around the Super Bowl, the Federal Aviation Administration has put a reservation system in place which limits the number of aircraft that can arrive and depart from Red Wing between Friday, Feb. 2 and Monday, Feb 5.
The date for the bridge demolition on the small Highway 63 bridge over Highway 61 south of the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing has been moved to Thursday, Dec. 14, weather permitting, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of Transportation.
Diana Machado came to Red Wing when she was 7 years old. She doesn't remember much about her childhood in El Salvador, except for the violence and knowing that her father wasn't there. "I remember talking on the phone with him," Machado said. "My mom was left to raise my brother and I." Machado's father had come to America to get out of the house building industry in El Salvador, where his future was uncertain, and make more consistent money to help build the family's future in the U.S.