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Last weekend was an unusual one for Ellsworth resident Tasha Schuh. One day she was hustling around preparing to compete in a nationwide competition, and the next she was cooped up in a car for 13 hours driving home from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Of course, the lengthy road trip was a little more exciting than most. After all, Schuh left Ohio with something she didn't have when she arrived there -- the title of Ms.
Top-seeded Red Wing will face Owatonna Thursday in Red Wing in the Final Four of the Section 1AAA tournament at 5 p.m. The fifth-seeded Huskies defeated fourth-seeded Rochester Mayo 7-3 Tuesday in Rochester. The Wingers and Owatonna met earlier in the season at the Owatonna Wood Bat Tournament. Red Wing defeated Owatonna 3-2. Second-seeded John Marshall received a bye and advanced to the Final Four. Century also advanced Tuesday after defeating Northfield 2-1. The Final Four is double elimination.
Reed Grimm's fate on "American Idol" now rests with viewers. He advanced into the top 24 contestants after Wednesday night's program. Public voting will begin Tuesday Feb. 28 -- the same night Ellsworth will hold a party at the high school to both celebrate the local graduate's success and help area residents cast votes for him. Tuesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Ellsworth High School will sponsor a Reed Grimm Night. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free.
LAKE CITY - Lake City paid tribute to slain police officer Shawn Schneider Saturday as his family and 2,000 public safety officers from across Minnesota and around the country laid him to rest. His funeral at First Lutheran Church was rich with stories, song and scripture. The Revs.
The alert declared by operators at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant as a result of a chemical spill this morning was terminated at 2:08 p.m. today. Operators declared the alert at 3:53 a.m. today after workers discovered sodium hypochloride, commonly known as chlorine bleach, leaking from a tank in the screen house. The chemical is used to treat water that is brought into the plant for cooling. The incident released no radioactive material, and officials said there is no danger to the public.
Here's a trio of criminal treats for readers who enjoy out of the ordinary crime books. "Hot Pursuit," By Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine Books, $26) turns the tables as Brockmann's longtime heroine Alyssa Locke finds herself on a new assignment. In previous outings, Locke is the leader of a personal security company Troubleshooters, Inc., which specializes in guarding other people's lives. In "Hot Pursuit," Locke is the victim.
Concern about the potential for an explosion prompted police to evacuate a River Falls neighborhood Friday afternoon. River Falls police were called to a home in the 200 block of West Division Street at midday. The owners of the residence are deceased, a departmental spokesman said, and a company had come into the house to prepare an estate sale. They found a container labeled "military ordnance" and notified police, who contacted the military.
I'll begin this review with the admission that I am a friend and former colleague of the author and once co-wrote a book with her. Normally, I wouldn't review a friend's book, but this one's too good to miss, too valuable for all manner of reasons. My friend is Peg Meier, longtime feature writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and author of many best-selling books, including a blockbuster of years back, "Bring Warm Clothes." Peg specializes in Minnesota history, recalled in photographs, diaries, news items of the past.
Anglophiles, Attention! "I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn't. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that happened to me in my entire life." Thus spake 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, when she sees a man dying in the cucumber patch of Buckshaw, the decaying deLuce estate in England.
HAGER CITY -- A 24-year-old man was found dead Monday afternoon in a sport utility vehicle submerged in Mud Lake along the east side of Highway 63 on the Wisconsin side of the Eisenhower Bridge within sight of Red Wing. The Lake City, Minn., man has been identified but his name is being withheld until the Pierce County sheriff's department can notify family members.