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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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.
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.
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.
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.
RED WING — Minneapolis multimedia artist Mike Hazard is displaying a series of photos of the Hmong American Farmers Association—HAFA—at the Red Wing Depot until Sept. 23. Red Wing Arts is sponsoring the exhibit titled "Seeds of Change: A Portrait of the Hmong American Farmers Association."
A 4-year-old child was fatally injured in Zumbrota Monday morning, according to Zumbrota Police Chief Patrick J. Callahan. The child was playing on a swing set when it collapsed on top of the child, Callahan reported. The Zumbrota Police Department, the Zumbrota Area ambulance Service and North Air Care all responded to the scene in the city of Zumbrota. Lifesaving efforts were not successful. The incident is under investigation with the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office. The name of the child has not been released.
The first woman inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame was Ebba Hoffman in 1977. Her daughter, Sharon Hoffman Avent, CEO of Smead Manufacturing Company of Hastings, recently duplicated the honor. Avent's grandparents started Smead Manufacturing. When her father died, she said her mother had two options. "She could sell the company, or she could come down here and go to work. She went to work."
FARMINGTON—Eight drum and bugle corps from Minnesota, California, Louisiana, and Iowa performed during the March On! competition held Tuesday, July 31, at Tiger Stadium. "The audience really appreciated the performances," said Jim Tarbox, who served as the announcer for the event. "A lot of people who came are big fans of drum and bugle corps." The groups who performed were seeded by judges prior to the competition, with the best drum and bugle corps placed later in the evening.
Drum and bugle corps from California, Louisiana, Iowa, Minnesota and elsewhere will converge on Tiger Stadium in Farmington for the final competition before heading to the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis in August. March On!, the Farmington competition, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31. The show will feature the River City Rhythm from Monticello, which has students from Lakeville, Eastview, Rosemount, and the Twin Cities, as well as several other states and countries.