April 3, 2020
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A United Way to Help
Looking for how to help your neighbors in need? Here's a simple way to put your dollars to work. The United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha, and Pierce Counties just created a COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to take in donations and quickly disperse them to local organizations working hard to meet our neighbors' basic needs. An added bonus: Red Wing Shoe Company will double all donations up to $20,000. Listen as Mayor Sean Dowse talks to UW Executive Director Maureen Nelson about the details. Donate here.
to the United Way COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
Your COVID-19 Resources in One Place
Things keep changing daily and you want to keep informed, so we’ve gathered trusted sources and links related to COVID-19 from the federal, state, and local level all in one spot. You’ll find health news, resources for employers and employees, school information, services to help, ways to keep connected to your favorite local businesses, and city details. Visit:
Parks & Trails Open; Playgrounds Have to Wait
Red Wing's parks and trails remain open when you need some fresh air so enjoy the upcoming spring weather. You can stick to an old favorite or try a new walking route with these maps around the city. Just remember:
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other individuals.
  • Playgrounds are closed for now, based on the governor's order.
  • Dispose of trash and recycling at home.
Port Authority Offers New Loan/Grant Program
for Local Businesses
Attention! If you know a local small business owner, pass along this news: The Red Wing Port Authority has a new emergency program for any small local business in the retail, service, or manufacturing sectors. If you have 30 or fewer employees, you can apply for up to $15,000, with half of that amount forgiven as a loan. Apply now and don't wait! Read details on how to apply.
Things change rapidly so check back often to these sites for all the latest opportunities for employers and employees:
¡Todos Contamos!
Listen as resident Kevin Valverde from Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County explains how important it is to fill out the census.

If you haven't filled our your census questionnaire yet, grab the letter you received in the mail with your unique code, and visit here.
¡El censo ya está disponible en línea! Como la mayoría de nosotros estamos en casa, ¡ahora es la oportunidad perfecta para completar el Censo! Solo 10 preguntas para completar en 10 minutos.
Esta es la primera vez que el Censo estará disponible en línea y no necesita su bacalao; solo ingrese su dirección. Para completar su encuesta censal, visite https://2020census.gov/es.html . Si necesita ayuda para completar la encuesta, llámenos al 651-301-2184 y Kevin estará encantado de atenderlo de forma remota. Recuerde que Red Wing Cuenta Contigo!
Spring is Here: Flood Planning Begins
It's springtime in Red Wing, and that means potential flooding. Currently, water levels are expected to be moderate, with the Mississippi River possibly reaching 15 feet by Wednesday, April 8. We'll keep you in the loop as things change. Free sand is available for sandbagging if you need it. Just head to the City's lot at 2050 Levee Road across from the boat storage lot. Bring your own tools and bags to collect and transport the sand. Read more on flood planning here.
Students First Online Week Complete!
Congratulations to all the teachers, students, parents, administrators, and volunteers who worked so hard to make this first week of online learning complete. The success of Red Wing's students relies on ALL of us, and Red Wing is meeting the challenge. In addition to daily online classes, the school district and community partners also provided hundreds of breakfasts and lunches per day to make sure no student went hungry (even on weekends), cared for children of critical-care workers, and provided computers to students who needed one so everyone could have the necessary technology. THANK YOU!
City Meetings Still Need Your Input
Public meetings will look a bit different for a time, and your input is still a crucial part of the process. Due to the governor's stay at home order, the Port Authority meeting on April 7 will be an audio meeting broadcast live on Channel 6 and through the City's website. If you have input into the agenda, just email your written comments or call 651-385-3639 by 3 p.m. that day. On Monday April 13, City Council will meet virtually and you can watch live on cable Channel 6 or any electronic device. Information will be provided on its upcoming agenda on how to watch and/or participate. Questions? Call 651-212-3812.
No Library Card? No Problem!
Need a library card? The Public Library can help! T he Library's consortium has enabled Overdrive's Instant Digital Card (IDC). Now, as long as you live in our service area, you can get an IDC and start checking out eBooks and eAudiobooks instantly. You just need a mobile phone to get started.
Questions? Send the Library an email and they'll help you out.
Any Meeting, Any Time
Netflix may be tempting, but for a dip into real-life local government, head to our website where you can view all City meetings on demand on any device--phone, laptop, tablet, or TV. Just scroll down to the Council, board, or commission meeting you want (all the way back to 2013). Agenda and video links are listed on the far right side of the screen. You can also watch meetings live and rebroadcast on cable Channel 6. This video shows how easy it is.
We'll Save You a Seat (at home)
Port Authority Meeting
Audio only.
Tuesday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m.
This audio meeting will be broadcast live on Channel 6 and through the City's website. Email your comments or call 651-385-3639 by 3:00 April 7 so your input can be shared.
City Council Meeting
Virtual Meeting using Webex
Monday, April 13 at 6 p.m.
Agenda forthcoming.
Information on how to watch live and/or participate will be provided on the Council's upcoming agenda.
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