Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a journalism degree.
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Why is play important for children's development? What is the most important thing to remember when changing a baby's diaper? What information should you know about a family before agreeing to watch a child? They may not be questions every young babysitter considers, but according to LaVergne Dickerson, they should be. "There is value in grooming yourself for any field," she said. Dickerson has taught babysitting and first aid courses in Goodhue County for several years.
A phone call asking for medical advice for a Red Wing woman returning from Uganda resulted in a two-hour quarantine for Delta flight Thursday afternoon. Lise Sievers was returning from Africa and had connecting flights in Amsterdam and Detroit before officials quarantined her plane on the runway at Chicago's Midway Airport. Roger Sievers, also of Red Wing, said he had talked to his mother at about 6 p.m. Thursday and that passengers were just beginning to be let off the plane.
Jurors acquitted former Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing guard Suzanne Marie Walstrom on all counts this afternoon. The verdict came within a couple hours of attorneys giving their closing arguments. Walstrom, 39, Plum City, was accused of having sexual relationships, including fondling, with three juvenile inmate boys while she was working as a guard at the prison. She worked in the cottage where sex offenders are placed.
Nearly 4,000 gallons of water containing "small amounts" of tritium and "trace amounts" of other chemicals have been released by Prairie Island nuclear plant since November, plant spokeswoman Mary Sandok said Wednesday. The most recent leak, occurring when 27 gallons of water that had condensed from heating system steam overflowed a holding tank, happened Feb. 3. A pump failed to regulate levels within the tank, Sandok said, and the water overflowed out a vent pipe and onto the ground.