October 2, 2020
How stunning is this photo of the Mississippi River, sent in by a resident? If you have a fall photo to share, send it to us and you might see it on the City's social media or in a future edition of City Beat!
Photo of the Mississippi River at sunset
Come on Tour!
If you're curious about improvements happening around town, join staff and your City Council members on a fall tour of projects this Saturday, October 3. We'll depart City Hall at 8 a.m. for a seven-stop trip that includes Memorial Park, Levee Park, He Mni-Can-Barn Bluff, the Solid Waste Campus, and Old West Main Street. Check out the route map here. Due to COVID-19, everyone will take their own cars this year. Join in, ask questions, and talk to your Council members along the way.
A Beautiful View Just Got Better
Image of cleared overlook view
Here's stop number one for your fall-viewing pleasure. One of Red Wing's favorite spots, the Memorial Park Overlook, just became one of the best panoramic views you'll find in the Midwest. In preparation for the overlook's 2021 renovation, brush and smaller trees were cleared away last week with help from local volunteers and members of the Wingers high school football team. Expansion of the parking area has also begun in preparation for next year's changes. Today you can see new views of He Mni Can-Barn Bluff and the city below. Drive or hike up and see it all for yourself.
To Better Serve and Protect
Image of body worn cameras proposed for use by RWPD
Back in February, the City Council approved the body-worn camera policy presented by Police Chief Pohlman. Now, body-worn cameras are officially a go for the Red Wing Police Department. The Council unanimously voted to approve their purchase during Monday's meeting, an important step towards greater transparency and accountability in officer-citizen interactions. The RWPD is one of many police departments across the country adding cameras to officers' uniforms. The addition of the body-worn cameras, says Chief Pohlman, is another way for the RWPD to better serve and protect Red Wing.
(Re)paving the Way for Highway 58
Just ahead: Smoother driving in Red Wing. Next summer, a major portion of Highway 58 will get resurfaced. If you're one of the many people who drive along the stretch from the Bush & 58 intersection down Plum Street to Main Street, that's good news. This MN Department of Transportation project has been five years in the planning phase and is largely funded with state and federal dollars. If you missed the virtual public meeting last week, you can watch the meeting here. Questions or comments? Visit MnDOT's project page or send them a comment form.
Goodhue CARES
COVID-19 Funds for Homeowners, Renters & Businesses
Not sure where to start? Contact the Red Wing Housing & Redevelopment Authority and they'll help you.
Are you a homeowner or tenant who needs financial assistance due to COVID-19? Emergency Assistance funds are available now through the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing & Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA). Our local HRA will be happy to help you fill out the form; call 651.388.7571. Additional grants are available, too, if you have a small business or nonprofit that needs help because of the pandemic. Apply for these $10,000 grants available on a first-come, first-serve basis today.
Sheldon Theatre in the Classroom
picture of empty sheldon theatre stage
When the Red Wing Public Schools called for help in creating music education curriculum this year, the Sheldon Theatre answered the call. With financial help from the Jones Foundation and the Red Wing Public Schools Foundation, Sheldon staff member Jennifer Staley got to work designing sessions that will deliver high-quality content that eases the burden of teachers struggling to teach virtually, and also help performing artists who have limited work opportunities during the pandemic.
Through 30 different videos and virtual workshops, the Sheldon Theatre will provide classes once per week for Red Wing's K-6th grade students this school year, while employing artists locally and around the globe. It's a creative, community-driven solution, and we thank all of those involved.
A Stroll Through Possibilities
Old West Main Street will start reconstruction in 2021--a project that's been 20 years in the making. One potential feature of the Upper Harbor Renewal Plan is a bridge that would guide walkers and bicyclists over the train tracks and connect Bay Point Park and Levee Road with the Old West Main Street business corridor. The City just received an additional grant for the bridge, but the amount of local funding needed is still not known. Council members will learn more this fall as total grant dollars get awarded and construction costs get finalized. Council will make its decision in late November on whether to move forward with bridge construction. If you have an opinion or questions, email your Council members here. You can also click here to see the latest Council discussion.
Watch the animated video here of what the bridge would look like.
Fall in Love
with the Cannon Valley Trail
Photo of the Cannon Valley Trail with yellowing trees
Photo courtesy of the Cannon Valley Trail.
Looking to make the most of the cooler weather? Consider hitting the Cannon Valley Trail this weekend and explore up to 22 miles of Instagram-worthy scenic views and historic landmarks. So far this year, just under $200,000 worth of passes have been purchased--that's $80,000 more than were sold in all of 2019! See why the CVT was voted "Best Trail" two years running by purchasing a wheel pass of your own or setting out on foot. With fall colors underway, there's never been a better time to enjoy this local treasure.
Vote Early, Vote Absentee
Absentee voting is well underway and if you want to skip Election Day polling lines, you can cast your ballot early right up to November 2.
In-person absentee voting is available at City Hall and the Goodhue County Government Center. At City Hall, just press the blue button for assistance and City staff will provide a ballot for voting or answer any questions you have. So, are YOU ready to vote?
Photo of City Hall entryway
All in a Day's Work - Dan Simonson
Photo of Dan Simonson outside City Hall
If you swing in to vote early at City Hall, odds are that Dan Simonson will be the one to help you out. Dan is currently the clerk at City Hall, but before that, he served with the Red Wing Fire Department for nearly 27 years, beginning as a paid-on-call firefighter and retiring as a Captain/paramedic. Retirement didn't hold him for long, though, and he returned to City Hall in 2018 as the Director of First Impressions (wink) at the front desk, and we are glad to have him back.
We'll Save You a Seat (at home)
City Council Fall Tour
Saturday, October 3, 8 a.m. - noon
City Council Special Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Monday, October 5 at 6:15 p.m.
Port Authority Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Tuesday, October 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Heritage Preservation Commission Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Wednesday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Monday, October 12 at 6 p.m.
Housing & Redevelopment Authority Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Tuesday, October 13 at 3:30 p.m.