May 14, 2020
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Get Ready to Run (for Election)
This is your city; take part in governing it! This fall the City will hold a General Election for the Mayor's office and three seats on the City Council. The filing period (aka, officially "applying" as a candidate) begins on Tuesday, May 19, and ends on Tuesday, June 2. See which City Council seats are up for election and learn how to file on the City's website.
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Arts & Culture Commission Ready for Members
Here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor of something entirely new. An Arts & Culture Commission was just created, and we’re looking for nine volunteers to fill it. Members of this commission will be fierce advocates for the arts and will work to ensure that Red Wing thrives as a creative, regional, cultural and artistic hub where everyone can participate. Does this sound like you?  Apply now; we’ve got work to do!  
Service and Sacrifice
Police Week in Red Wing
Recognizing May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day was first signed into law by President Kennedy in 1962. The week in which it falls is recognized as National Police Week. At the last City Council meeting, Mayor Dowse declared May 10-16, 2020, as Police Week here in Red Wing, to recognize the service of our police officers and remember the sacrifice of those who have given their lives.
To all our police first responders, thank you for your service.
Moving Forward--Safely
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During Monday's meeting, the City Council discussed precautionary changes in policy to keep our community safe and minimize possible COVID-19 exposure. That has meant some big changes to our normal summer activities, including closing the Red Wing Water Park and rescinding Public Use of Private Property (PUPP) applications, but there’s good news as well.
  • The City has purchased 10,000 masks for distribution to local businesses and participating with businesses agencies to create a positive, proactive shopping campaign.
  • The Council recommends the use of masks when going into stores and any public space where it’s difficult to stay 6 feet apart.
  • The Fire and Police Departments will continue to provide vehicles as available for children's birthdays.
Memorial Park: Updated Design, More Views
Memorial Park's main overlook has an updated design that includes more accessibility, views, and space for people to enjoy. See the most recent plan here. The drawing shows natural seating from quarried limestone and expansive views from the entire overlook (including a new area where multiple cars can park). Over the last decade, Memorial Park as a whole has been revitalized thanks to local volunteers, philanthropic donors, and city assistance. This keystone project is one more way Red Wing has rallied to make Memorial Park even better. Read the report here.
Rental License Program: Coming 2021
Red Wing's Rental License Program will officially start around summer of 2021, one year later than originally expected. That gives more time for the City to listen more to residents, hear your concerns, and provide information. It also allows time for property owners to prepare and make any necessary improvements. You'll hear more over the coming months, and we want to hear from you. If you want to participate in upcoming small-group virtual meetings, please email your contact information here , or call 651-212-3812. Read the report here.
City 101 - Meetings Gone Virtual!
That's right--to meet Minnesota's social distancing requirements, all City Board and Commission meetings have moved online. Find out how to stay connected and continue to participate in meetings with this episode of City 101.
Building Connections
with the Red Wing Bridge Project
Looking for fun ways to keep the kids entertained AND learning? MnDOT is here to help with activities based on the Red Wing Bridge Project. Explore free STEM activities with the Bridge UP! curriculum for kids in kindergarten all the way through twelfth grade or get creative with the Connect with Us at Home activities and coloring book. And don't forget to follow the Red Wing Bridge Project on Facebook for project updates and links to the monthly Bridge Update.
Field of Honor
American flags flying in Red Wing MN
This year, 150 flags will line the lawn at Bay Point Park over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, creating Red Wing's annual Field of Honor. Residents are able to dedicate flags to veterans and from May 22 - 26, the flags will stand in Bay Point Park in observance of Memorial Day, and to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans.
Can You Find It?
Congratulations to Nancy, who knew a lot about the "Old Stone House" that sits along the Hay Creek Trail. Built in in 1875, the remains of what was a sturdy, two-story building built by the Cordes family still stands, offering hikers a glimpse into the past.

Check back for another Can You Find It? in a future edition of City Beat.

Photo of Stone House in Hay Creek Park
We'll Save You a Seat (at home)
Sheldon Theatre Board Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Tuesday, May 19 at 5:15 p.m.
City Council Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Monday, May 25 at 6 p.m.
Sustainability Commission Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Tuesday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Sister Cities Commission Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Wednesday, May 27 at 5 p.m.
Human Rights Commission Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m.
Field of Honor
In honor of Memorial Day
Bay Point Park
May 22 - 26
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