May 29, 2020
What are you summer plans?
Share your photos with us and we might just feature them in a future edition of City Beat this summer!
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Red Wing Remembers
 Memorial Day Tribute
Although Memorial Day has passed, our memories of the soldiers who sacrificed for our freedom carry on. If you haven’t already, take a moment to watch Mayor Sean Dowse’s moving 2020 Memorial Day Proclamation . And to all of our veterans, we thank you for your service each and every day.
Off and Running
(for elected office)
Ready to run for election? Yes, YOU. This fall, the Mayor’s office and three City Council seats are up for election. The City has received five Affidavits of Candidacy so far and will continue to accept more until 5 p.m. on June 2.

So, are you ready to run?
Summer Fun, Safely
So far, this summer doesn’t look like anything we expected, but that doesn’t mean all summer fun is canceled. At their last meeting, the City Council approved opening the City’s athletic fields to athletic programs for practice only, while maintaining social distancing guidelines. The Council also plans to discuss the possibility of getting the Splash Pad open this year, so stay tuned for that update in a future edition of City Beat.
Neon yellow softball sitting in front of home plate
Outdoor Dining in Red Wing
Coming soon: Outdoor dining! The City Council has approved temporary measures to permit Red Wing bars and eateries to host outdoor dining, in compliance with state guidelines. If you'd like to begin the application process , head over to the City's website.
We'll see you on the patio.
Your pARTicipation matters!
Brian Peterson, Emily Guida Foos, and Adam Wiltgen are the first three members of the Arts and Culture Commission and YOU could be next! This newly-formed commission is on the lookout for six more volunteer commissioners. If you are passionate about maintaining a creative and inclusive environment in our city, this commission is for you.
City 101 - COVID Aware Program
You may have heard of it, but what is the COVID Aware Because We Care Program? Red Wing Downtown Main Street, together with the Red Wing Port Authority and local businesses and non-profits, have created a program designed to help our Red Wing organizations reopen safely. Learn more about the program in this episode of City 101.
Want to get involved?  You can start right here.
Little Neighborhood on the Prairie
Picture of a native MN prairie
How cool is this? A group of neighbors in the Briarwood Drive area of Red Wing got together and came up with a plan to enhance a native prairie in their neighborhood. They contacted the City and a prairie restoration group to learn what it would take to replant the one-third acre area into a high-quality native species prairie. Then they raised most of the funds themselves to do the work. The City will provide the remainder of the necessary funds and will perform maintenance and care of the prairie once it’s been planted. Neighbors and the City working together to create a sustainable, native prairie; that’s a win for everyone!
Saddle Up!
The 2020 Bike Rodeo Goes VIRTUAL
The 2020 Bike Rodeo usually takes place in early May, but this year it will be held virtually! Every week through the end of June, the RWPD Facebook page will have a new video on bicycle safety. Grab some footage of your child or children 10 years old or younger practicing the safety tip in each video for a chance to win a brand-new bicycle! More information is available on the City’s website .
All in a Day's Work
Photo of Bob Stark in front of the Mississippi River
Bob Stark has been working in the water industry for an incredible 47 years and spent 12 of them with the City of Red Wing. Retiring now as the Deputy Director of Utilities, Bob still plans to spend a lot of time around water, just in a canoe instead of at a desk. Due to the pandemic, the City is unable to host a reception in recognition of Bob’s service. Instead, Bob shared some parting thoughts during the last City Council meeting.
After 40 years with the City of Red Wing, Engineering Director Ron Rosenthal is heading into a well-earned retirement. Over the years, Ron has been instrumental in every major project throughout Red Wing. “It goes fast,” Ron says. “It’s been a rewarding career and I’ve always enjoyed it.” In lieu of a reception for his years of service, Ron shared some insight into his years with the City with the City Council.
Ron Rosenthal standing at Baypoint Park.
We'll Save You a Seat (at home)
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 and click "Watch Channel 6." To watch later, go to and click "Agendas and Meetings." Scroll down to "Available Archives" and click "Video" of the meeting.
City Council Special Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Monday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m.
June Bridge Update
Meeting held virtually
Tuesday, June 2 at 12 p.m.
Port Authority Board Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Tuesday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Library Board Special Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Monday, June 8 at 4:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Monday, June 8 at 6 p.m.
Housing & Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Tuesday, June 9 at 3:30 p.m.
Sheldon Theatre Board Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Tuesday, June 16 at 5:15 p.m.
Advisory Planning Commission Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m.
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