October 29, 2020
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Photo of a tree with fall foliage taken in Oakwood Cemetery
Photo courtesy of City Beat reader Bob Lewis.
Free, Easy COVID-19 Testing Today
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No ID? No insurance? No symptoms? No problem.

Free, no-barrier COVID-19 testing is still available at the Colvill Park Courtyard today, Oct. 29, from 12-6 p.m. Want to get in and out fast? Sign up in advance for a time that works best for you. Pre-registration isn't required, but it's encouraged to help prevent longer wait times.
Listening to Tenants
Red Wing tenants received flyers and surveys in their mailboxes this month, and they're sending back helpful feedback during this planning phase of the City's potential Rental License Program. Using the input they're receiving from renters and landlords, City Council members will discuss options for how the program could work during a virtual workshop on November 10 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. When the agenda and online link to the meeting is posted, you'll find it here.
Providing a Harbor of Hope
"It is a crisis in our community, even if we don't always see it," said Council member Becky Norton of Red Wing when describing local homelessness. The City Council unanimously approved a Conditional Use Permit requested by Hope & Harbor to provide temporary housing for those without safe housing options for five months this year during the winter. Last year's shelter option in local churches is not feasible this year due to COVID-19.
Sturgeon Lake Road Bonding Bill
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A busy roadway leading to and from Prairie Island Indian Community is about to become a whole lot safer, thanks to the bonding bill passed earlier this month by the Minnesota State Legislature and signed by Governor Walz. The Sturgeon Lake Road Overpass project at was listed as one of the top three priority grade separation crossings in Minnesota. $10 million in funding will be used for environmental analysis, design, engineering, and construction of an overpass bridge. The new overpass will allow traffic to safely cross over the railroad tracks and allow faster response times for emergency vehicles.
Public Hearing Scheduled
for Old West Main Street Project
Big changes are on the way for Old West Main Street in 2021 from Highway 61 to Buchanan Street. As part of the City's larger Upper Harbor Renewal project, Old West Main Street will undergo complete reconstruction next year, from underground utilities to new street lights. As part of the project, the City is holding a Public Hearing on November 23, 2020. During the Public Hearing, City staff will present the current project plans and residents will have the opportunity to contribute their thoughts on the project.
Check out this 3D digital rendering of the completed reconstruction.
Hispanic Heritage Festival
If you're looking for music, cooking, dancing, and beautiful fall weather, enter here: the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Festival went virtual this year, and it's the perfect thing to put a smile on your face. Sit back and enjoy the fun, much of it from the Central Park Band Shell. You'll also meet residents you might not know yet. Thanks to Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County for hosting and bringing this uplifting event to all of us.
The Mystery of Mt. Carmel Cemetery
Did you know that the City of Red Wing owns three cemeteries? Two of them, Oakwood and Burnside, are well-known spaces within the city. Can you name the third? Acquired by the City in 2008, Mt. Carmel is arguably the most unusual of the three cemeteries. Step back in time with Marshall Laidlaw to visit Mt. Carmel's rich but little-known past and learn about this cemetery steeped in history--and mystery.
All in a Day's Work - Helen Korbel
Part-time Library Clerk II by day and Youth and Human Rights Commissions staff liaison also by day, meet Helen Korbel. One of the City’s newest employees, Helen started working at the Public Library in August, and this week she became staff liaison of two of Red Wing's commissions. With a background in communications and teaching young people, and with a desire to further human rights, Helen is a great fit for both positions. As for the Library? “This is an amazing library; I love it here. It feels like I’ve joined a little family.” While she may not have super powers, her commitment to Red Wing makes her a hero in our book. Welcome aboard, Helen!
We'll Save You a Seat (at home)
Sustainability Commission Special Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Monday, November 2 at 5 p.m.
Port Authority Board Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Wednesday, November 4 at 4 p.m.
Heritage Preservation Commission Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Wednesday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Arts & Culture Commission Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Thursday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Public Library Board Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Monday, November 9 at 4:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Monday, November 9 at 6 p.m.
City Council Workshop--Rental License Program
Meeting virtually via Webex
Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.