June 29, 2018
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How Will the New Bridge Get Its Name?
The first step in the bridge-naming recommendation process is here. If you have names to suggest, hold tight--you'll be able to share them soon. FIRST, a small committee of community members will form to act as an objective group to move the process forward. They'll weigh all names from the community, narrow down options, listen again to residents, and make a final name recommendation to City Council. Committee members must not be partial to any names . The group will meet three to four times between August and December. Six residents are needed. Please note: Residents, the committee, and/or Council do not make the final name decision; the state does during its 2019 session.

Interested? Fill out the online application here . Each Council member will appoint one resident and the Mayor will appoint two residents from the submitted applications.
July: Community committee forms
July-Aug: Residents submit names
Sept: Committee narrows names
Oct: Residents choose favorites
Nov: Committee gives Council recommendation for bridge name
Dec: Council votes on name to recommend to legislators
Jan-May: Legislators bring name forward and state votes on final name

* Our residents, committee, and Council only provide a name recommendation; the state makes the final decision.
FYI: The bridge project has its very own Facebook page with great photos and up-to-date details. You can also see what it will feel like to drive the new bridge during this video simulation that shows all the changes, including the new bike-pedestrian lane and overlook.
Walk Right Into Downtown--It's Open!
Get a whole new perspective on downtown as you walk through the middle of the streets to shop, eat, and see the new changes. Street parking is always available; use this handy chart below to remind yourself about all the free, multi-hour parking ramps and spaces available.
To sign up for email updates on the 3rd & Bush project, click here .

To learn more about the 3rd & Bush project, click here .
Easy Ways to Report a City Issue
Do you have a City issue we can help you with? Potholes, sidewalks, lighting? Whatever you have in mind, we offer a number of ways to report it. Click here to fill out an online form or call 651-385-3608 to tell us over the phone. You can also use the Your GOV app . It's easy. The app tells us exactly where the problem is. Take a photo and we'll see that, too. Download the app and read more about YourGOV here .
Dive Into the Red Wing Water Park
Slip and slide into fun at the Red Wing Water Park this summer. The water park features slides, a zero-depth pool, playground, and more. Don’t miss deals like Friday Buck Nights and Two-For-One Tuesdays. The water park is located at Colvill Park and open from 12-7 every day. For rates, schedule, and more, click here .
Red Wing 2040: Actions and Ideas
Red Wing 2040 now has visions for its ten topic areas and the prioritized goals are getting fine-tuned. Next step: Creating strategic actions the community can work on together to accomplish those goals. Read the most recent visions and goals here from the April 26th Open House.

If you're new to Red Wing 2040, or want a refresher on where we're at now, click here for all the details .

Outdoor Open Houses:
Revitalizing Red Wing's
Places & Spaces

Tues. July 24 - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Outside Jefferson School
( tours of school provided)

Wed. July 25 - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
A.P. Anderson Park
Action Team Meetings
Everyone Welcome!

Community Connections
& Accessible Government
Wed. July 11, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Ignite/City Hall Annex, 419 Bush

Thurs. July 12, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Ignite/City Hall Annex, 419 Bush

Lifelong Learning
Wed. July 18, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Jefferson School

The Economy
Wed. July 18, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Public Library Foot Room

More Action Team
Meetings to Come!

Can You Find It?
This scholarly gentleman, Reverend Eric Norelius, is hiding in plain sight somewhere. Can you find him? He's noted locally for starting Gustavus Adolphus College right here in town. Founded in 1862 as an elementary school, Gustavus was first named Minnesota Elementarskola. Although it moved out of town the next year, the school continued to thrive and started offering college courses a decade later. Where is this marker located?

Click here to tell us your answer, and you might win one of our summer prizes. We'll report the answer and winner in the next issue of City Beat.
Congratulations to Nancy McCleary. She's the first winner of our regular contest "Can You Find It?" Nancy knew this historical marker lies along the paved path that travels under Highway 61 connecting lower A.P. Anderson Park and the Cannon Valley Trail. The sign shows the general location of Red Wing's "Poor Farm" where people were able to live and farm together when they had no other income. Nancy has already happily collected her prize. Try your luck this week. Happy hunting!
Three Stories of Scaffolding Fills the Sheldon
Dust is flying inside the Sheldon Theatre as crews tackle the building's massive interior restoration project. What's happening now? Take a look at this one-minute video to find out. You may not recognize the inside of Red Wing's jewel box, but when the dust settles in September, its doors will open again to one of the Sheldon's best lineups ever (some might even say revolutionary).
More Housing Coming to Red Wing
Red Wing will soon find some relief from its housing shortage. Up to 250 rental units will be built in the Mayo-Red Wing area over the next three years. Keller-Baartman Properties LLC is leading the project, which includes a mix of apartments, senior housing, townhomes, and medium- and low-income housing. On Monday Council members approved the project, which includes tax increment financing (TIF) from the City. Read the Resolution here. Questions? Call Randal Hemmerlin at the HRA at 651-388-7571.
Let the Voting Begin!
The turnout of residents running for City Council has been amazing. Let's make sure voter turnout is just as impressive. You can start voting absentee beginning Friday, June 29 in the Primary and Special Election. Click here to find out your ward and precinct. Click here to see an example of your ward's ballot : Locally, here's who's running:

Wards 1 & 2: Stephanie Elsen, George Hintz, Dean Hove

Ward 3: Becky Norton, Ted Seifert

Ward 4: Erin Buss, Burke Murphy, Ernest Stone

At Large: Bill McKinley, Alan Muller, Christopher Nelson, Ralph Rauterkus, Laurel Stinson, Tony Wiech

Where can you vote absentee? At the Goodhue County Government Center or City Hall .

Save yourself some time and make sure you've registered to vote . Go to www.mnvotes.org to register, then head downtown to absentee vote. It's time, Red Wing!
City Work Available
We're looking for new employees. Click here to read what's available now.
Tune In at Home or Away
You can watch city meetings live as they're happening directly from our website anytime. Just go to www.red-wing.org, click the button labeled "Channel 6," and enjoy the live stream on any device. To watch a Council, board, or commission meeting after it's happened, simply click here and scroll down to Available Archives. Then find your meeting from the list, and click "Video." One note: Most browsers work except Chrome so make sure you're using another browser to watch.
Our Fireworks Need Your Spark
Next week's 4th of July means fireworks and you can help by donating online here to Mississippi Alumination. This year's volunteers promise a stunning show so let's each do our part to pitch in. The City matches donations up to $10,000. That makes one big bang for your buck!

Visit the Mississippi Illumination Facebook page for updates.
Red Wing Designated as a Purple Heart City
"The Purple Heart is the only decoration that attests, without question, to the bearer having been in combat. It is one for which an individual cannot be recommended; it can only be earned." --The Military Order of the Purple Heart of MN
Red Wing has taken the necessary steps to become a Purple Heart City, as Mayor Dowse proclaimed at Monday's City Council meeting. Colonel Richard J. Johnson, United States Marine Corps, Retired, was present to receive the proclamation and the gratitude of our community on behalf of all who have sacrificed in combat for our country.
A Community Growing Together
Need some space to dig in your green thumb? Consider getting a plot in one of Red Wing’s two community gardens. They're already blooming with plants, and the resident gardeners who tend these plots get even more out of the experience than tasty herbs and vegetables. Our community gardens are on display in this week’s episode of City 101.  
Winger Boy's Baseball Hits it Out of the Park

Have you heard the buzz about the  Red Wing Winger Baseball  team? Their outstanding season not only earned them the distinction of being one of three Class AAA teams to finish with a victory at the state tournament, but they also earned a commendation from the Mayor; check it out!
All In a Day's Work
Spotlight: Tom Bakke, Public Works

Chances are you've seen Tom Bakke working hard around town--some days it's seems he's everywhere. Over the last 30 years, he's been instrumental in making sure Red Wing's public spaces are safe and beautiful. When you visit a park, walk a trail, or take a dip in the pool, there's a good chance Tom helped make it a great place for everyone. Thank you!
We'll Save You a Seat
You're invited to these workshops, meetings, and events
Sheldon Theatre
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, July 2 @ 5:15 p.m.
Library Board
Public Library Foot Room
Monday, July 9 @ 4:30 p.m.
City Council Workshop
City Hall Council Chambers
Topic: Federal Government's Zero-Tolerance Policy on Immigration
Monday, July 9 @ 5:00 p.m.
City Council
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, July 9 @ 6:00 p.m.
Harbor Commission
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 10 @ 7:30 a.m.
Housing & Redevelopment Authority
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 10 @ 3:30 p.m.
Port Authority
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 10 @ 5:00 p.m.
Bridge Update
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, July 11 @ 12:00 p.m.
Heritage Preservation Commission
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, July 11 @ 5:30 p.m.
Red Wing 2040 Outdoor Open House : Revitalizing Red Wing's Places & Spaces
Jefferson School Grounds
Tuesday, July 24 @ 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Red Wing 2040 Outdoor Open House: Revitalizing Red Wing's Places & Spaces
A.P. Anderson Park
Wed., July 25 @ 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Meet Your City Council Candidates
Public Library Foot Room
Thursday, July 26 @ 6:00 p.m.
This issue of City Beat is produced by City of Red Wing staff members Melissa Hill, Michelle Leise, Danielle Ellis, and intern Abby Rohan.
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