March 15, 2019
Midway through March and it's beginning to feel a bit like spring with all this rain! Stay up to date on changes around our city as we roll into warmer weather.
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You're Invited Monday: Council Public Forum
What do YOU want city government to focus on in next few years?
Monday, March 18, 2019
 Red Wing Public Library
Foot Room (lower level)
Meet and Greet: 6:30 p.m.
Council Panel / Q&A: 7:00 p.m.

Your City Council members want to hear from you. City government is writing its new Strategic Plan, based on your input in the 2040 Community Plan. Your opinions are important. While the 2040 Community Plan lays out goals for the entire community, this Strategic Plan focuses specifically on what 2040 actions city government should lead and accomplish in the next few years. You can read the Strategic Plan first draft here. Then come to the library this Monday, March 18 with suggestions and questions. The meet-and-greet period starts at 6:30 p.m.; a short presentation and the Council Panel and Q&A start at 7 p.m. Can't attend? Email your thoughts on the draft and we'll share your input directly with Council members. Call 651-385-3618 with questions.
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
Earlier this week, Mayor Sean Dowse proclaimed March 30, 2019, as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" for the city of Red Wing. The proclamation was made in honor of the 9 million Americans who served in the Armed Forces during the period of the Vietnam War. A Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event will be held at the Elks Club on March 30 from Noon to 5 p.m.

Thank you to all veterans for your service to our country.
Interested in attending the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event on
March 30? Details available here.
Youth Council on Its Way
Senior Cayanne Korder (left) and sophomore Alainn Hanson (right) traveled to Washington, D.C. last year to learn about Youth Councils from communities around the country. The new Red Wing Youth Council will start its first official meeting later this year.
Positive change often comes from young people, and Red Wing is lucky to have so many passionate students interested in local government. For years, Red Wing students have participated at the statewide Youth in Government Program and been regularly voted into leadership positions. Now, they're bringing that experience and enthusiasm to City Hall. Student leaders Cayanne Korder and Alainn Hanson, along with others, are putting together Red Wing's first Youth Council to bring ideas forward and give input into Council decisions. More details to come. Thanks, students!
Worried About Water?
Concerned about water in your basement from the recent weather and snow melt? Get a head start on flood prevention with DIY sandbags. The City is providing FREE sand to homeowners--just bring some empty bags and tools, fill up the bags, and transport home as much sand as you need. Details about about where to pick up the sand, and where to purchase empty bags from local retailers, are available on our website.
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Red Wing Vista has a New Home in Sight
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Image of a tapestry featuring scenes of Red Win
A unique perspective of Red Wing's culture and history is coming to the Library--all 28 feet of it. Referred to as "Red Wing Vista," the tapestry is richly decorated with designs familiar to the city, such as He Mni Can-Barn Bluff, a quiet riverside harbor, and City Hall. Once housed in the Goodhue County National Bank Building, Red Wing Vista was recently donated to the Public Library, where it will find its new permanent home in the Foot Room.
Splish Splash Safely
Safety Around Water Program
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We're a river city in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, which means come summer, most of us will be spending a lot of time around water. Understanding water safety is a crucial step in enjoying and thriving around water--but not everyone in our city has that familiarity. The Red Wing Harbor Commission is helping sponsor the YMCA's Safety Around Water program, providing every third grader in Red Wing with water safety skills free of charge. The multi-day course includes games to encourage comfort and activity around water, water-specific safety topics, and water skills instruction. Keep an eye out for sign-up opportunities through the YMCA.
Council Outlines Its Intentions
City Council members voted on Monday to add a new 30-second item to all future Council meetings: a statement that sets the tone and lays the groundwork for effective and inclusive meetings. The Statement of Intent comes from the city's published core values and anyone in attendance will be invited to read it aloud together.
Statement of Intention:
We gather today in this room as one people to discuss and attend to the matters of Red Wing. Together, as a government body and as community members, we agree to treat everyone with courtesy, dignity, and respect. We will listen to all sides of an issue, encourage participation, support each other, act with honor and accountability, and inspire pride in our community. This we commit as we open this meeting. 
Make the Most of Summer (Employment)
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What are your summer plans? Get hands-on job experience with summer employment with the City. Multiple job opportunities are available, from Public Works to lifeguard positions. Whether you're looking to develop career skills in a specific field or explore something new, there's a summer position with your name on it. Check out current openings and fill out an application right from our website, or give us a call at 651.385.3698.
Working Together to Tackle Poverty in RW
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Red Wing High School
Cafeteria and Auditorium
Free Light Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
Program: 6:45 - 8:15 p.m.

RSVP for dinner by the end of day Friday, March 15 via email or call 651-327-2426. No RSVP needed for the presentation.
How and what do you think about poverty? This event might make you see things differently. On Thursday, March 21, our local group of Leaders Partnering to End Poverty (including the City of Red Wing as a partner) is hosting an unexpectedly fun event that uses comedy to reframe complex issues--like poverty. This FREE event at the Red Wing High School includes a light meal at 6 p.m. and show from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Leaders Partnering to End Poverty is a community-based initiative.

All in a Day's Work
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Meet Jewel Thurman, the City of Red Wing's very own HR rock star. As the Human Resources Manager, she works hard to find and keep top talent for all of the city's departments. Her favorite part of the job is supporting employees, helping them to success, and watching them grow. With the rest of the HR team, she develops summer employment and internship opportunities, as well as career positions throughout the year. She does a lot for our city, and we appreciate her hard work--we told you she's a rock star.
Did You Miss That Meeting?
Now you can watch any City meeting on demand, 24-hours a day, through our website. Want to see what’s playing on Channel 6 right now?   From this page, you can select to view either the archive of City meetings or the Channel 6 live stream on any device.
We'll Save You a Seat
You're invited to these meetings and events
Strategic Plan City Council
Public Forum
Public Library - Foot Room
Monday, March 18, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Sheldon Theatre Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, March 19 at 5:15 p.m.
Advisory Planning Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m.
Community Recreation Joint Powers Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Leaders Partnering to End Poverty Event
Red Wing High School
Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m.
City Council Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m
Sustainability Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Sister Cities Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, March 27 @ 5 p.m.
Human Rights Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m.
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