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June 14, 2022
Light up Red Wing this Fourth of July! You can make the fireworks bigger and better than ever before by donating to the nonprofit Mississippi Alumination. All proceeds go directly to the fireworks show, and the best part? The City of Red Wing matches up to $12,000, stretching your donation twice as far. It's almost show time; click here to donate! 
Level Up Your Voting Game: Absentee Style
Does your summer vacation take you out of town on August 9, voting day for the City Council special and primary elections? Or maybe you just don’t want to wait in line on Election Day. Either way, we’ve got you covered. Absentee voting is open now through August 8. You can vote in person at the Goodhue County Government Center or at City Hall. If you want to vote from the comfort of your own home, you can go online and request an absentee ballot be mailed directly to you. Whether you choose to vote early in person, absentee vote from a ballot mailed to your home, or wait until Election Day on August 9, just make sure you vote. Your vote is your voice, and it can be heard today.
Have You Heard the Buzz?
Bee-ready, you can now add these pollinators to your property! The topic of bees buzzed through the City Council last night, where they passed an ordinance that allows Red Wing residents to keep honeybees within the city limits. Hold on, don’t put up your hive today - the City will need 14 days after the ordinance is published to process this new change. In the meantime, read the ordinance and see if you have enough property to host these flying friends. If you do, you can apply for a permit once those 14 days are up. To apply, contact the Community Development Department at (651) 385-3622. Bee-hold, urban beekeeping is now allowed within the city limits!
Airport Board - Are You Ready?
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You'd be surprised by how much our Red Wing Regional Airport contributes to the health and vitality of our local economy. Major businesses want an airport close by for cargo and commerce, and local navigation enthusiasts can fly just minutes from home. If you're interested in either aspect, we've got a seat for you on the Airport Board. The Airport Board has members from Wisconsin and Red Wing, but right now, it's a Red Wing seat we need to fill. Could this be you? We hope so! Take a look at the Board's webpage to learn more, and apply today. You could have a voting voice on issues concerning our region's friendly skies.
It's Going To Be A Night To Remember
Night to Unite is the biggest block party of the year, and the time to register your neighborhood is now. August 2nd is just around the corner! If that bouncy house you want to get is too big for your own property, you can host the party on public property, just register before July 11. Night to Unite is the perfect way to get to know your neighbors, meet the members of police, fire, and public works departments, and even reduce crime in your area. Sign up to host a neighborhood party; let's rock every block this August!
Upcoming Road Projects - Be in the Know
Close up photo of a yellow Road Work Ahead sign shot from below
What road projects are coming, and will your commute be affected? MnDOT presented their upcoming work plans during last night’s City Council meeting, and they plan to be busy in our area. MnDOT Project Manager Chad Hanson reported on five new Hwy 61 road construction projects coming within the next couple of years. The first two projects in 2022 will be adding a roundabout to the 316 intersection and introducing a reduced-conflict intersection at County Road 18. Next spring, MnDOT will resurface Hwy 61 to Lake City. Finally, two bridges will be replaced; Withers Harbor Dr. in 2023, and the Canadian Pacific Rail Bridge near USG in 2024. You can watch the presentation here, or better yet, come speak to MnDOT and City of Red Wing staff in person about the upcoming projects. They’re holding an open house at the Red Wing Public Library on July 12, from 5 – 7 p.m.
History In The Making
So many things about our community make us proud, and here's another one. Red Wing was one of the first cities in our region to hold a Juneteenth celebration. Did you stop by Central Park on June 19 and join the party? If you did, then you were one of the 250 people who attended the first annual Juneteenth event. Hosted by the Human Rights Commission, this event brought community partners together. Panels with the history of Juneteenth and of the Black community in Red Wing were on display, the music was pumping, and the barbeque was delicious. It may have been our first Juneteenth celebration, but it certainly won't be our last.
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bbq in park
All in a Career's Work
Director of Public Works Rick Moskwa didn’t know a single soul when he first stepped foot in Red Wing 38 years ago. Once he started working at Public Works, that quickly changed. Now that he’s retiring, you would be hard-pressed to find someone here he doesn’t know. That's because Public Works manages so many resources for our community, and Rick's been at the helm. “The people I’ve worked with – you cannot find a better group of people,” says Rick. He's got a lot of plans for retirement, but a trip back to his hometown to visit his brother is at the top of his list. It’s only going to be a short trip, though, because even though he grew up in Ontonagon, MI, he can’t leave Red Wing behind for long. After all, during his 38 years at Public Works, he’s put so much of himself into every part of our community that being any other place just isn’t the same. Thanks for all you’ve done, Rick. Because of your work, our parks and critical infrastructure are ready for the next generation to enjoy. You may have arrived in Red Wing as a stranger, but you’re retiring as a public service hero. May your retirement be filled with laughter and happy memories yet to be made.
We'll Save You a Seat
Port Authority Board Meeting
City Council Chambers
Wednesday, July 5 at 5:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting
City Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 11 at 6 p.m.
Heritage Preservation Commission Meeting
City Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting
City Council Chambers
Monday, July 12 at 3:30 p.m.