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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.
Red Wing firefighters were on standby Wednesday morning following an anhydrous ammonia leak in Randolph. Goodhue County sheriff's spokeswoman Kris Weiss said deputies were called at 8:45 a.m. to provide traffic assistance on 292nd Street in Randolph, a Dakota County town located west of Cannon Falls. According to multiple reports, emergency crews were evacuating residents in the area. Officers were still on the scene at 10 a.m., Weiss said.
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.
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.
Our region, nay, our nation lost a treasure last month with the death of Bill Holm, writer, conversationalist, pianist extraordinaire. Bill died too young at age 65. The newspapers called him a giant in more ways than one. At 6'6" the big Icelander from Minneota, Minn., had big appetites all around, for reading, for writing, for big roast beef dinners, for good bourbon. I just talked to a mutual friend about how sad it was that Bill should die so young. "Oh, well," said my friend, he lived "two lives for our one." That's so.
"The Vagina Monologues," based on studies and interviews by Eve Ensler, will be staged by local actors at 7 p.m. March 6 and 7 at the Sheldon Theatre. Julie Martin is directing the V-Day production. "Women's sexuality and strength are explored with humor and grace in this adult-focused presentation," Sheldon officials said. The program is a benefit for the Goodhue-Wabasha Sexual Assault Services; it is sponsored by that agency and Phoenix Theatre. "The Vagina Monologues" explores the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences.
A pair of teenage sisters from Wabasha who have been gaining attention on the Irish music scene will present a concert at 7 p.m. March 6 at the Jon Hassler Theater in Plainview, Minn. Rebecca Garrigan, 16, and Rowan Garrigan, 12, are producing the performance as their latest home-school project. The two sisters have been playing traditional Irish tunes together since Rebecca was 11 and Rowan was 8. They originally learned by ear from CDs, and then studied for several years at The Center For Irish Music in St.