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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Prescription drug costs continue to skyrocket every year, putting many in danger of having to choose between refilling their prescription or not buying necessary life essentials. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced five bills during her tenure that she would help Americans afford their, at times, life-saving medicine. That notion prompted Klobuchar to hold a series of roundtable discussions throughout Minnesota on Feb. 6. Since the State of the Union was the previous day, Klobuchar was in Washington, D.C., but sent a video with her aides to show.
WELCH — There probably isn't a time in Taylor Offtermatt's young life where a horse wasn't around. Taylor, 12, said she got up on her first horse when she was only 2 years old and started barrel racing just six years later. Now, the Welch resident and Cannon Falls seventh-grader is less than one month away from competing in the top barrel racing event in the country. Barrel racing wasn't even a competition her family was heavily involved with, Taylor's mother, Dianne Offtermatt said.
When it comes to growing apples at Sogn Valley Orchard, John Zimmer wants it to be as efficient as possible. Buying an orchard isn't a common thing, according to Zimmer. They're usually passed down in a family from each generation. But 11 years ago, Zimmer said he was looking for a new challenge and driving to the orchard located off of County 9 Blvd., tucked away among some sporadic homes in Dennison, was interesting to him. With a farming background, Zimmer said he saw the potential for the land and decided to take it over, wanting to redesign the orchard.
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.
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.
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.
A two-vehicle accident Friday in Welch Township resulted in the death of three people, including the children of Marya Christiansen, who died in a tragic accident herself in 2016.
Joseph Paul Czeck was charged with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide on July 13 for the deaths of two women after a boulder became dislodged from his landscaping truck. Czeck, 33, Hastings, was operating the truck with a 1,100-pound boulder in the back of his vehicle. The boulder fell out of the vehicle in Rosemount at Rich Valley Boulevard and 125 Street, where a Toyota Avalon struck the boulder. Karen Christiansen, 67, and 32-year-old Jena Christiansen were the driver and passenger in the vehicle and died at the scene.
An Oronoco woman was charged with the death and serious injury of three others after an October crash in Randolph Township. The crash occurred when Lori Janine Hoefs of Oronoco ran through a stop sign on Highway 56, causing a collision with another vehicle going northbound. The collision resulted in the death of the driver, Brenda Travis of Rochester, and caused serious injuries to three passengers of that vehicle. Hoefs sustained broken ribs and a broken pelvis.