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The Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired had students write letters to their hometown and regional newspapers in advance of White Cane Day 2018. Everett Alms of Hudson shared with RiverTown Multimedia what his white cane means to him. "I have gotten used to bringing it whenever I travel or go out to dark places," Alms wrote in the Oct. 13 edition. The 12-year-old's simple, effective letter caught the attention of the Republican Eagle REaders' Board, which met early this month and awarded him a Golden Quill.
"Editing a paper is a nice business," Charles K. Blandin once wrote. He was being sarcastic. Still, he believed in the free press and made it his life, leading both small weeklies and a successful metropolitan daily. The son of a Wisconsin farmer, he also was a teacher at one point and eventually a paper company magnate who took his earnings and created the Blandin Foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minn., so his company would contribute to "the community advantage" long after his death in 1958.
The Star Gazette will launch an advisory panel in October as a new way to connect with the community and get valuable feedback from our readers about our print and digital products. We will call this the Hastings Readers Board. We are looking for up to 10 volunteers who will meet four times a year, giving us story ideas, advising us on trends and generally promoting civic engagement. Think of this as a focus group that meets regularly and includes community sharing.
The sewage coming down the Cannon River has dissipated to the point people may again swim in Lake Byllesby. Goodhue County temporarily closed the beach Tuesday, July 3, following the discharge of up to 1 million gallons of sewage that day from the Northfield wastewater treatment facility. The ban was lifted at noon on Friday, July 6. The closure was systematic from the moment Northfield alerted authorities downstream that day and involved Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, Public Works and Land-use Management as well as Dakota County officials.
The #presson hashtag was born in early 2017 and the impetus quickly became twofold: • get people to support the gathering and dissemination of facts by paying for journalism, • combat the demonizing of the press. As of last week, #presson also means standing with the Capital Gazette, which lost five journalists to a gunman who entered the newspaper's Annapolis, Md., office. The surviving staff were not deterred, putting out a newspaper and covering their tragedy.
Frankly, our opinion pages have been used and some would say abused by campaigns to promote candidates and political events. Many of the letters read like advertisements because they are advertisements. That is why, effective today, RiverTown will charge for letters endorsing candidates. This is something a few of our sister newspapers in Forum Communications Co. have done for years. We decided to join them for several reasons, including.
"Please stop publishing letters about (X). We don't want to read negative opinions in our local newspaper." "When you print people's horrible letters, it reflects badly on our community." "You are aggravating a terrible situation — just let it go away."
LAKE CITY — Hearth & Home Technologies takes a box and turns it into something beautiful and functional ... a thousand times a day. In 1992, the company known then as Heat 'N' Glo took a big, empty box and transformed it into a factory that today employs 600 people who manufacture four brands of gas fireplaces and inserts — Heat & Glo, Heatilator, Quadra-Fire and most recently, Majestic.
Three area wineries have been named to Minnesota's top 10 by the Best of Minnesota website. Alexis Bailly Vineyards of Hastings leads the way at No. 1. Founded in the late 1970s, "the granddaddy of Minnesota wineries" as the website calls it, Alexis Bailly stakes claim to being the first commercial winery to grow and use grapes grown in the state. "Although it's been best known for its dessert wines, Bailly's maturing vineyards are now producing grapes that make smooth and complex reds," the judges note.