July 15, 2021
Who's ready for the weekend? We'll be heading to the Rolling River Music Festival downtown at the Central Park Bandshell on Saturday, July 17th. Come enjoy some FREE live music by two great bands; no tickets required! Bring your own seating; the show starts at 5 p.m.
There's a New Chief in Town
Red Wing Police Chief Gordon Rohr

City Council has officially appointed Gordon Rohr as the Chief of Police for Red Wing. Rohr has served the department since 2002, most recently as the Interim Police Chief. One of his primary goals is to bring stability to the department and mentor younger officers. Outside the office, Rohr enjoys fishing and relaxing with family. When asked about his new role, Rohr responded, “I’m doing it for the department, for the good people who show up and do the right thing every day." Welcome, Chief Rohr, and thank you for your service to our community.
Old West Main's New Looks

The digging has begun for the Old West Main Street Reconstruction project, but don't worry; our West End businesses are open for business and will stay open for the duration of the project. Crews are at work on stage one of construction, stretching from Washington Street to Highway 61. Want to stay updated? Subscribe to the project’s weekly newsletter to stay in the know. Want to talk to someone about the project? Contact Project Manager Ryan Illa (ryan.illa@ci.red-wing.mn.us) with questions. 
Recall Update
City Council voted 6-0 Monday night not to hold a special recall election for Council member Dean Hove. This is the third time the Council has voted pertaining to a recall petition against Council members. As in the prior meetings regarding petitions against other members, the Council again voted against holding a special election based on the idea that Council members (in this case, Hove) had acted appropriately and upheld obligations related to the Open Meeting Law, which is the basis for the recall effort. You can watch Monday's meeting and read the report. Various documents and recordings, including a Q&A article on the process, are located on our City website page.
Fountain Foundations
Black and white toned photo of the original John Rich fountain
John Rich Park’s fountain is receiving a much-needed restoration. Prone to clogging and pumping issues for many years, the fountain needs help, and lucky for Red Wing, a generous local philanthropist has donated funds to refurbish the fountain to its original grandeur. On Monday night, City Council approved a bid from Global Specialties Contractors, who will begin final designs and construction. The restoration should be completed by mid-November. Thanks to our anonymous donor's generosity, Red Wing's fountain will soon be sparkling again.
A Piece of History Restored
Even if military history isn't your thing, everyone can appreciate the time, effort, and research that a local youth put into restoring the WW2 Pack Howitzer cannon at the entrance of Memorial Park. Jacob Flemke spent hours doing research and then the actual restoration itself. Thanks to his efforts, the 80-year old cannon looks pristine, there's a new seating bench and better lighting, too. The next time you head to Memorial Park, stop by the entrance and check out his handiwork.
Rental License Program - July 26 is Important
The Rental License Program's long process has reached a key point. On Monday, July 26, City Council will be holding a public hearing on the program and potentially hearing an introduction of the formal ordinance (law) toward enacting it. If you want to address the Council directly on this issue, come to the Council meeting at 6 p.m. on July 26 at City Hall. Or, send all the Council members and mayor your opinions at this address: citycouncil@ci.red-wing.mn.us. Questions? Contact staff member Dan Rogness at dan.rogness@ci.red-wing.mn.us or visit the website page.
Public Forum on Hate Symbols: July 22
clip art of people with thought bubbles over their heads
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) wants your input. At its July 22 meeting in the City Hall Council Chambers at 6 p.m., the HRC will host a public forum and is inviting all community members to give their thoughts on the display of hate symbols on public property. City Council has asked the HRC for recommendations on proposed resolutions that denounce hate symbols on City-owned property, and call on state officials to pass legislation banning the display of hate symbols on state-owned property. Before making its recommendations, the HRC wants to hear from you. For background and to read the proposed resolutions, see this report. Questions? Call 651-212-3812.
All in a Day's Work
Ryan Illa City of Red Wing Engineering
We've been talking a lot about the Old West Main Reconstruction Project lately, but Engineering Project Manager, Ryan Illa, has been planning the project for years. With 21 years of experience with the City, there's hardly a project that he hasn't had some part in. When asked why he loves his job, Ryan explained it’s the process of problem solving--figuring out how to make every piece of the construction puzzle fit--and seeing the improvements to our neighborhoods that keeps him coming to work each day. Thank you, Ryan, for your engineering enthusiasm and expertise!
We'll Save You a Seat
Sheldon Theatre Board Meeting
City Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 20 at 5:15 p.m.
Youth Commission Meeting & Workshop
City Council Chambers
Wednesday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Advisory Planning Commission Meeting
City Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Human Rights Commission Meeting
City Council Chambers
Thursday, July 22 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council Meeting
City Council Chambers
Monday, July 26 at 6:00 p.m.
Sustainability Commission Meeting
City Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 27 at 5:30 p.m.