June 26, 2020
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Splash Pad Is Open
That’s right, the Splash Pad is open! City Council has voted to reopen Red Wing’s favorite and only splash pad (near the Athletic Field on Mason Street). Something else is opening, too. City Council, boards, and commissions are meeting in person once again (with masks) in the Council Chambers, so feel free to join them. All changes are happening carefully to follow state health guidelines and ensure public safety for everyone. Have a fun and safe weekend.
Racial Equity Workshop Monday
The City of Red Wing is committed to making sure local government works for everyone. You're invited to watch or attend the City Council Workshop on Racial Equity this Monday, June 29 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Read the agenda and materials here. The workshop will be broadcast live on Channel 6, or you can stream through the City's website on any electronic device. If you wish to join virtually, email administration@ci.red-wing.mn.us or call 651-385-3699 by 3 p.m. Monday.
Ready, Set, Red Wing!
This year, summer fun is just a click away. COVID-19 may have changed our summer plans, but Ready, Set, Red Wing! is a collaborative effort between local organizations and the City of Red Wing to provide residents with ways to get involved with all that our community has to offer, whether that’s exploring the great outdoors or the local art scene, in safer, socially-distanced ways.
Red Wing!
Want some help getting started?
The Summer 2020 Activity Book is your passport to local summer fun.
Fireworks Are ON This Year
Fireworks begin at dusk on July 4th, viewable all over Red Wing
Finally, something that isn’t canceled! 4th of July is just around the corner, so make plans to go see this year’s spectacular fireworks show , viewable from all over Red Wing. Worried your favorite spot will be too crowded? Check out this map of some of our favorite spots that offer a great view of the show – or get creative and investigate the town for some lesser-known spots to take your family to this Independence Day.
City 101 - Port Authority Loans
With many local businesses feeling the impact of COVID-19, the  Red Wing Port Authority  leapt into action early on to offer loans and grant options. Last week, the Port Authority introduced some brand new loan and grant programs to help small businesses as Red Wing eases back into reopening. Learn all about them in this episode of City 101.
Absentee: Pronounced "Early Voting"
Absentee (aka, early) voting begins this Friday, June 26 and runs through August 10. There's been some confusion on what it is and who can do it, so here are four fast facts to get you started:
  1. Absentee voting is also known as "early voting." In Minnesota, you can vote early with an absentee ballot starting 46 days before Election Day.
  2. Anyone can apply for an absentee ballot, even if you're not yet a registered voter.
  3. You can request an absentee ballot for federal, state, and county elections.
  4. You can vote absentee in person, by agent delivery, or by mail (due to COVID-19, we recommend by mail this election season).
Virtual Bike Rodeo? Free Bike? Yeehaw!
Lasso up your bicycles, adjust your saddles, and join Officer Bettich for this year’s Virtual Bike Rodeo! The RWPD has been hosting the Bike Rodeo year after year, where kids can learn bike safety tips and enter to win the grand prize of a free bike – and this year is no different. Send in a video of your child demonstrating each safety tip from the videos for a chance to win. You can find the videos and extra info on the RWPD page. Just a couple minutes of your time could win your kiddo a new bike!
All Aboard (and Commissions)
What do the Heritage Preservation Commission, Sustainability Commission, Youth Commission, Sister Cities Commission, and Arts and Culture Commission all have in common? They’re looking for new members and you could be a perfect fit. The Human Rights Commission also just added two more seats, so there is room for more people than ever.  Read about each commission on our website. The applications are just a click away. This is government at the local level; come be a part of it and apply today.
"Now is the time..."
Mayor Sean Dowse Advocates for Red Wing
Did you know that big reconstruction projects, like the Old West Main renovation, are made possible with the help of state funds? Last week, Red Wing's Mayor Sean Dowse joined Gov. Walz's press conference to advocate for Red Wing and other cities across Minnesota that rely on funds included in the proposed bonding bill for projects that will improve and strengthen our communities. Listen to what the Mayor had to say on behalf of Red Wing.
We'll Save You a Seat
View any meeting live or afterwards at your convenience. To watch live, view Channel 6 from your TV (if you have cable) or from any electronic device. Go to red-wing.org and click "Watch Channel 6." To watch later, go to red-wing.org and click "Agendas and Meetings." Scroll down to "Available Archives" and click "Video" of the meeting.
City Council Workshop on Racial Equity
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, June 29 at 6 p.m.
Heritage Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Port Authority Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Public Library Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, July 13 at 4:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, July 13 at 6 p.m.
Housing & Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 14 at 3:30 p.m.
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