Steve Gardiner taught high school English and journalism for 38 years in Montana and Wyoming. He started working at the Republican Eagle in May 2018. He focuses on features and outdoor stories.
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An old sandpit near the Sportsman's Club in Frontenac off Highway 61 has been transformed into the Frontenac Solar Garden, reflecting a trend of rapidly increasing use of solar power throughout Minnesota. "This site was an old quarry," said Karl von Knobelsdorff, owner of Knobelsdorff Electric, Inc. from Goodhue. "It is a good use of the land. You don't like to see a solar garden go onto nice farm land."
If teachers want students to work hard, be engaged, and learn well, those teachers encourage students to work on something they care about, something that fits their passions. That's exactly what Dr. Travis Thul, dean of Trade and Technology, hopes to do with the new Bicycle Design and Fabrication Program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing. The idea to start the program came from another program that already exists at the college - the Guitar Repair and Building Program.
When Art Owen, Dakota spiritual leader, addressed the crowd gathered at Barn Bluff on Oct. 16, his voice was positive, filled with hope that the Prairie Island Indian Community and the city of Red Wing were coming together to work for the benefit of all. Ten days later, at age 68, he died unexpectedly at the United Hospital in St. Paul. Peggy Rehder, former Red Wing City Council member, said she has heard conversations since the ceremony at Barn Bluff "about how helpful it was to have Arthur speak out, and now, it is just sad that that voice is silent."
A recent federal law makes it easier for consumers to protect their financial security by freezing their accounts with all three major credit agencies for free. Prior to this law coming into effect on Sept. 21, individuals could freeze and unfreeze their accounts, but those actions required paying a fee each time, according to Bruce Carlstrom, president of Lake City Federal Bank.
As students return to the classroom, it's a good time to consider the apps they are using on their smart devices. Some of them can be dangerous, according to local law enforcement officers. "This is a problem nationwide, and it is absolutely a problem in Minnesota," said Ryan Olson, detective with the Dakota County Electronic Crimes Task Force in Hastings.
After 25 years of striving to reintroduce whooping cranes into the eastern section of North America, Operation Migration will cease work at the end of 2018. "This difficult decision to dissolve the organization is heartbreaking for us all, but we have exhausted all possible avenues to avoid this outcome," said Joe Duff, CEO and co-founder of Operation Migration headquartered in Port Perry, Ontario, in a written statement.
It was an ambitious plan. Paddle 1,200 miles on three rivers in one summer. That's OK. Michael Anderson is an ambitious person, especially when there is an adventure involved. Add a social cause to that mix, and he's all in. When Anderson and Paul Twedt planned the Three Rivers Project, they knew it would be a challenge. They wanted to paddle the St. Croix River, the Minnesota River and the Minnesota section of the Mississippi River. They also wanted to pick up trash as they went.
Bill Llewellyn once made a pair of Frankenstein boots for a play at Woodbury High School, but now, after 44 years of repairing shoes, he is ready to close his business, Woodbury Shoe Service in Valley Creek Mall, and walk away on Sept. 14. "They were putting a play on, and the guy wasn't that tall," Llewellyn said. "They needed me to make some platform boots for him. I had to make him taller than everybody else." It wasn't difficult for Llewellyn, who has frequently made orthopedic shoes to help people who need a thicker sole on one foot.
ROSEMOUNT — After teaching high school history for 30 years in Rosemount and Eagan, Scott Rohr wanted to find another meaningful career. He found the perfect match at The Rosemount Senior Living at Steeple Center. In fact, it's such a good match that Augustana-Elim Care Services, which manages the senior facility, just awarded Rohr the company's Excellence in Customer Service Award as part of the annual Augustana Awesome Awards.
When the Chippewa River pushed enough sand into the Mississippi River to form Lake Pepin, it highlighted the effort with an artistic flourish. It created the Mississippi backwaters, a gem in the midst of extensive aquatic beauty. The backwaters, braided with streams from the Chippewa River delta, seem perfectly designed for kayaking, and Michael Anderson, river guide for Broken Paddle Guiding Company in Wabasha, enjoys taking people there.