July 31, 2020
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Photo of Red Wing taken from Baypoint Park at sunset in summertime
Ringing In 75 Years of Peace
Peace is a beautiful, precious thing, and next week marks 75 years of it between the United States and Japan. In celebration of the lasting peace between us, the Red Wing Sister Cities Commission joins Sister Cities International (SCI) and sister cities across both of our countries in two bell ringing events . The first is on August 5 at 6:15 p.m. and the second is on Saturday, August 8 at 9:02 p.m. in Central Park. These times correspond to the exact dates and times in Japan of the atomic events at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Come ring a bell --whether that's handbells, wind chimes, or a bell tone on your phone--or simply be present. Let's fill the park with peace.
Redevelopment Proposed for Vacant Building
Do you recognize this building? It's the former St. Joseph's Church auxiliary building at 480 Eighth Street in Red Wing. There has been some buzz about it recently as a new proposal has come in for its redevelopment. Developer Hank Friederichs has submitted a proposal to turn the empty building into 11 market-rate apartments. A neighborhood meeting will be held at the building to discuss the proposal on Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m.
Red Wing Fire Department's Show and Tell
If there’s a spark inside you that wants to become a firefighter, don’t stomp it out! Instead, head up to Fire Station 2 on August 4 th . Between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m., the Red Wing Fire Department will be hosting a program for anyone curious about becoming a paid on-call firefighter. There's a lot to see, come take a look!
Join Youth Commission & Make a Difference
Students, use your voice! The City of Red Wing's new Youth Commission is recruiting local students in grades 8 through 12 who want to be a part of local government. This is your chance to make change in our community--real change about the things that are important to you. We've never had a Youth Commission until now; come lead the charge and apply today.
He Mni Can-Barn Bluff Improvements
One of Red Wing’s favorite and most sacred spaces is getting needed upgrades this year. If you’ve been up on He Mni Can (pronounced Heh-Meh-NEE-Cha) – Barn Bluff this summer, you’ve noticed trail enhancements to make the paths more environmentally sustainable. Now, over the next two weeks, portions of the South Trail and Kiwanis Staircase will be closed for renovation. Thanks to collaborations with Prairie Island Indian Community, crews are making sure to limit unnecessary land movement. More work continues later this year with a new cultural park entrance/plaza, including interpretive displays sharing Mdewakanton Dakota history of the land. Look to future issues of City Beat for progress updates.
Wait, I Can Win Prizes For Reading?
It's called Beanstack and it's here to make your summer reading even better. Now through August 24, register a Beanstack account for you and anyone else in the family who would like to get in on the Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge. Learn how to sign up, track reading hours, and win prizes using Beanstack in this episode of City 101.
What You Can Do About The 2021 Budget
Budgeting may not seem exciting but it's incredibly important, especially for government. The 2021 budget for Red Wing is being created now, and we need your input. Contact your City Council member and let them know what's important to you in the budget. You can email them or attend the next budget workshop on Monday, August 3, at 5:30 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.
You Can Still Vote Early in the Primary
It's Easy, Fast & Secure!
Absentee voting means early voting, and it's still open during this primary election for Red Wing Mayor and one U.S. Senate seat. Through August 10, you can vote early in multiple ways. Vote in person at City Hall or the Goodhue County Government Center. Or, vote by mail so you don't have to leave home. Want to know more? Red Wing City Clerk Teri Swanson shares some fast facts on early voting and how to get started.
All in a Day's Work - Jerry Plein
You may not know his name, but Jerry Plein has been keeping Red Wing’s water safe and clean for nearly 30 years. Jerry first joined the City of Red Wing’s Public Works department in 1992 as an Assistant Operator in the wastewater collection division. Over time, he steadily moved through the ranks and earlier this year, accepted the position of Deputy Director of the Utilities Division, overseeing the operations and staff of the City’s water and wastewater treatment facilities. Even though he's had numerous job titles over the years, the best parts of the job, in Jerry’s opinion, haven’t changed—the teamwork with his coworkers and satisfaction of seeing projects through from start to finish.  Congratulations on your well-earned promotion, Jerry, and thank you for all you do behind the scenes for 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 Budget Workshop
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, August 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Port Authority Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m.
RWFD Show and Tell
Fire Station 2
4880 Moundview Drive
Tuesday, August 4 at 5:45 p.m.
Bell Ringing to Commemorate 75 Years of Peace with Japan
Central Park
Wednesday, August 5 at 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 8 at 9:02 p.m.
Bring your own bell
Library Board Workshop
Meeting virtually via Webex
Monday, August 10 at 4:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, August 10 at 6 p.m.
Housing & Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, August 11 at 3:30 p.m.
Canvassing Board Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Friday, August 14 at 1 p.m.
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