John R. Russett
John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts.
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RED WING, Minn. — By the time the flurry of back-to-school bedlam begins to subside, the proverbial dust begins to settle, and the sun sets on the final day of summer freedom, many teachers have dipped into their own pockets to purchase supplies for their classrooms. On average, according to education publishing company Scholastic, educators spent an average of $530 of their own money for classroom items last school year.
Carrie Kahl wakes up around 6:15 a.m. nearly every day and goes downstairs to see her sons. Then, she waits. At about 7:30 a.m. they are ready for breakfast, then a few adjustments and they're out the door. Kahl's twin boys were diagnosed at age 5 with Becker muscular dystrophy, a genetically inherited degenerative disease that weakens the muscles. "We were told they wouldn't need wheelchairs until they were 40," Kahl recalled. "They were 11."
An assistant Woodbury High School principal will step into a larger role in southeastern Minnesota. Red Wing Public Schools has hired Todd Herber as its new high school principal, pending...