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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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 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced on Sept. 13 that Jim Caturia, of Cannon Falls, won the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp. Caturia's painting of a gadwall was selected among 19 entries. It was Cautria's first time winning the contest. In a phone interview with the Republican Eagle, Caturia said he's been doing competition's like this since he was in high school.
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.
KENYON — Pulling up to L&R Poultry, you may be greeted by a curious hen. On the 72-acre Kenyon farm, the 300 laying hens are working hard, pumping out 430 dozen eggs per month. They're free range as well, walking near the woods, taking the conventional dirt bath to rid their feathers of potential parasites. Not far down the road, fields of squash, potatoes and organically grown, no-till vegetables grow as well.
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.
PINE ISLAND — "To subject our town to this negative rhetoric for a number of months isn't the right thing." Mayor Rod Steele had this to say before City Council voted unanimously Monday, Aug. 21, 2018, to rescind a resolution of support for a potential Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ir ICE, facility in the town. The upstairs of City Hall was packed with people showing their support for the project and also those protesting the potential project with signs, including a vehicle sitting outside that said, "No Detention Center in Pine Island."
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.
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.