March 13, 2020
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Rental License Program: Listening to Ideas
This program is identified in the Red Wing 2040 Community Plan-Strategy 8.C.1.
People shared good ideas at the public meeting Thursday, March 12, as planning continues on the Rental License Program. Folks said they understood the need for safe homes and apartments but also expressed concerns, including that proposed fees are too high, more input is necessary, and owners want benefits from the program, as well as tenants.

A meeting summary will be available shortly and posted on the city's website. The conversation will also continue through surveys and multiple other ways to provide feedback on this important topic. Stay tuned.
Cover Your Cough
As Minnesotans, we know the basics of staying healthy--cover your cough/sneeze, wash your hands often (20 seconds or more!), and stay home if you're sick. We also know that news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is scary, so we're here with some helpful resources. The MN Department of Health (MDH) has up-to-date information on COVID-19. From their website, you can opt-in to receive email updates straight from the experts.
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Questions about COVID-19? Call the Minnesota Department of Health's hotline at 651-201-3920.
The Waste Wizard is Here to Help
What’s the best way to dispose of paint cans? What about big items that don’t fit in the blue cart? For these questions and more, the Waste Wizard is here to help. This new tool on our city website will tell you where and how to best dispose of recyclable and non-recyclable items. J ust type in the item, and the Waste Wizard will reveal whether that item should be recycled, placed in the trash, or brought to a drop-off location like the Waste Campus. Questions? Contact the Waste Campus at 651-385-3658.
K9 Veterans Day
Photo of RWPD Officer Dahl and K9 Archie
It's not an "official" holiday, but March 13 is K9 Veterans Day, when military K9s are commemorated for their service. Though he is not a military service dog, the RWPD's K9 Archie is just as dedicated to serving and protecting the citizens of Red Wing.
Happy K9 Veterans Day from the RWPD and K9 Archie!
✨You're Invited✨
To complete the 2020 Census
That's right--within the next week, you should receive your 2020 Census invitation letter in the mail with a unique code just for you. Once you receive the letter, you can go online and complete the census using that code. Not a computer person? The Red Wing Public Library will have computers available and their friendly staff is ready to help get you started. You can also answer the census by phone or fill out a hard copy, whichever works best for you. If you procrastinate, you'll keep receiving reminder postcards, so answer soon. It's quick, easy, and important.
Listen to Mayor Dowse's message.

10 questions. 10 minutes.
Earn Red Wing's share of
$675 billion in federal funding.
Complete the Census
and help shape your community.
City 101 - New Purple Heart Monument
As of February 22, there's a new addition to John Rich Park. The Red Wing Purple Heart Monument honors veterans who received a Purple Heart Medal for their service. The monument joins the park's larger veterans' memorial that remembers the courage and service of our men and women in the Armed Forces. Watch the dedication ceremony in this episode of City 101.
Save the Date!
Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale
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Want early access to the sale? Friends of the Library memberships will be available at the door for $10.
Spring is coming and that means warmer temps and the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale!

Friends of the Library members get early access to the sale beginning Friday, April 3 from 10 am-1 pm.
The sale will be open to the public Friday, April 3 from 1-5 pm and Saturday, April 4 from 10 am-2 pm, with everyone's favorite $2 bag sale on Monday, April 6 from 10 am- 2 pm.
Can You Find It?
If you're a fan of hiking, you may know the answer to this week's Can You Find It. The Red Wing Park Naturalists schedule at least one summer hike each year to the remains of this historic building nestled in Hay Creek Park.

Do you know what building this is?  Click here to answer and check back for the answer in the next issue of City Beat!
Photo of Stone House in Hay Creek Park
All in a Day's Work
2020 photo of Janet Brandt
As the Red Wing Public Library's technical services librarian, Janet Brandt has been keeping books in patrons' hands since 1980. Now, after 40 years of doing what she loves, Janet is retiring. "It's been the perfect job," she says. "I still think of libraries as being about books and helping people find them."
Janet's retirement party is on Thursday, March 26 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the lower level of the library . Join us in wishing her well and thanking her for years of dedication!
We'll Save You a Seat
Sheldon Theatre Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, March 17 at 5:15 p.m.
Advisory Planning Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m.
Community Recreation Joint Powers Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Sustainability Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, March 23 at 6 p.m.

Sister Cities Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Janet Brandt's Retirement Party
Red Wing Public Library-Lower Level
Thursday, March 26 from 3-6 p.m.

Human Rights Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m.
Save the Date!
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Co-hosted by the Sustainability Commission
Sheldon Theatre
Sunday, April 26 from 2-6 pm
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