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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The old stone building had been Red Wing Waterworks from 1885-1962. Then the city used it for storage and a dog pound. Mike Wilson often saw the building from his boat in the harbor and thought it would be interesting to do something with the building. Harry Munson had collected boat motors manufactured by the Red Wing Motor Co. He had restored 30 motors, and decided he wanted to sell them.
If it has wheels, Elmer Duellman probably owns it. For 56 years, he and wife Bernadette have collected race cars, muscle cars, delivery trucks, station wagons, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, high wheel bikes, snowmobiles, wagons, pedal cars and a host of antique dolls, toys, and tools. The collection was private for the first 30 years, and 2019 is the 26th season open to the public. "I don't know of any other place like this," Elmer said. "You won't find two of anything here. Most of this is one-of-a-kind."
More than 40 million Americans expect to miss a credit card payment due date this year, according to a recent survey by WalletHub. That's 16 percent of all adults, and their average credit card debt per household is now more than $8,200. Those are the national numbers, and they are large, but Greg Collins, owner of Collins Wealth Management with offices in Hastings and Red Wing, sees similar problems with credit card debt in this area.
After years of planning and fundraising, the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden of Whispering Willows and Flowing Waters in Phalen Regional Park opened to the public on Nov. 3, 2018. The park, honoring the sister-city relationship between St. Paul and Changsha, China, is built on the philosophy of a China garden which means that it appears as part of nature even though it is manmade, promotes a connection to nature, and respects nature and human needs.
Dick Andrews and Barry Jaeger had competed against each other for years in glider plane competitions. This year, they decided to combine their efforts. It was a good move. The duo won the national championship trophy for 20-meter, two-seater glider planes from the Soaring Society of America at a competition held May 12-18 in Albert Lea, Minn.
A visit to Crystal Cave, the longest cave in Wisconsin, is an underground adventure, as well as an education. At least that's what Eric McMaster, executive director, wants for the more than 50,000 visitors who stop by the cave every season. "We hope people are entertained," he said, "but we also want them to learn about the cave, its history, and the geology of the area."
Lynden Wilson was a freshman in high school when doctors told him he had cancer. "At first, I didn't really know what it meant," Wilson said. "I wasn't that aware, but I knew it killed people. When they told me I had cancer, I thought I was going to die." Wilson went to Children's Hospital in St. Paul for surgery and chemotherapy. Because he was young and strong, doctors gave him the highest dosage they could, calling it "dirty and done." The cancer went away. Wilson went back to Hastings High School and the sport he loves.
When several Cottage Grove residents decided the community needed a playground that could accommodate children of all abilities, they formed a task force, and after more than three years of planning, designing, and fundraising, the Woodridge Park Inclusive Playground opened in 2017. "It is overwhelming the amount of feedback that we have gotten from people who live in the community, and people who make it a destination playground and come from all over to use it," said Molly Pietruszewski, recreation services manager for Cottage Grove Parks.
Eagle Watch, which encouraged people to visit Wabasha and see bald eagles, had outgrown its small building on Pembroke Avenue, so in 2007 a new 15,000-square-foot facility opened along the Mississippi River and became the National Eagle Center. Now, a dozen years later, that facility, as nice as it is, is again too small to handle the more than 80,000 visitors that come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries each year.
More than 1 million visitors per year stop at Willow River State Park, five miles northeast of Hudson, Wis., according to Aaron Mason, park superintendent. Most of those visitors have plans to hike to Willow Falls. "We have a spectacular waterfall inside the park," Mason said, "and that is what drives most people to come here. We get a lot of people that come here to camp, hike, and go to the waterfall."