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I'll begin this review with the admission that I am a friend and former colleague of the author and once co-wrote a book with her. Normally, I wouldn't review a friend's book, but this one's too good to miss, too valuable for all manner of reasons. My friend is Peg Meier, longtime feature writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and author of many best-selling books, including a blockbuster of years back, "Bring Warm Clothes." Peg specializes in Minnesota history, recalled in photographs, diaries, news items of the past.
The world's biggest boot celebrated its homecoming Tuesday morning in a parade through downtown Red Wing. Locals and members of the media lined the streets to gaze at and snap pictures of the 16-foot high boot, manufactured by the Red Wing Shoe Co. The boot is also 20 feet long and 7 feet wide. "To give you some sense of scale, it would be way too big for the Statue of Liberty to wear," Red Wing Shoe Co.
Two internationally known journalists will travel to Paul and Trudi Schaefer's Windbeam Farm Saturday for Pigstock, a daylong gathering for peace. "This is an opportunity for people to get a different aspect on issues that seem to be contentious. Both sides need to be known," said organizer Bill Habedank of Red Wing. Habedank sought out the "pinnacle" speakers of the seventh annual event through the Internet.
Anglophiles, Attention! "I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn't. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that happened to me in my entire life." Thus spake 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, when she sees a man dying in the cucumber patch of Buckshaw, the decaying deLuce estate in England.
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.
Editor's note: This story is from April 2009.
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.