June 12, 2020
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Council and Mayor Speak Out
During Monday night's Council meeting, Red Wing's seven City Council members and Mayor Sean Dowse shared their thoughts about the horrific death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd and the calls for change happening around the city, state, and nation. Listen here to what they said and their hopes for the future.
Community Book Read
The Red Wing Human Rights Commission is sponsoring a community book read featuring the book Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. Copies are available now to borrow for free at the Public Library and Fair Trade Books. Call to pick up your copy today. A facilitated discussion will happen later this summer so stay tuned for more details. Also check out the author's 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge for more resources.

“With honesty and humility, Debby Irving shares her own story of transformation—a journey of opening herself to learning about the realities of racism and the unintended impacts of white privilege. By confronting her own fears and mistakes, she gleans many useful lessons and tips that can help move others from confusion and avoidance to constructive engagement, authentic connection and courageous action.” -- Book review
Riverfront Reopening
Entrance sign to Levee Park
Got weekend plans? Now you do!
Levee Park is reopening tomorrow, Saturday, June 13, so take a stroll and see all the improvements including new seating, walkways, lighting, and docking for riverboats. The adjacent Riverfront Trail just reopened this week, too, with its stunning views of the river and He Mni Can-Barn Bluff. Details on the project are available here.
Housing Study Complete
The 2020 Goodhue County Housing Study , the first comprehensive study since 2014, is now ready. To hear details on the findings, tune in on Thursday, June 18 at 5 p.m. to the workshop with City Council and the Housing Redevelopment Authority. Or, read all the details ahead of time by clicking these links to read the summary and the full report.
Housing Workshop
Thursday, June 18 at 5 p.m.
City Council Chambers
You can also watch on Channel 6!
City 101 - Meet Jeff Larson
The coronavirus put a halt to the hiring search for a new director at the Sheldon Theatre, so Interim Director Jeff Larson will be staying to help lead the theater through this unique time. Get to know Jeff and learn what he and the rest of the Sheldon staff have been working on during this episode of City 101.
Voting: the 2020 Edition
It's an election year and we've got the skinny on voting! Absentee voting for the primary election begins June 26 and runs through August 10. Online applications to request an absentee ballot are available now on the MN Secretary of State's website. This year, due to COVID-19 safety concerns, we're encouraging voters to skip the polling places and vote early by mail. It's just as secure and confidential as voting in-person and arguably faster and easier. Your civic duty is calling--get out and VOTE, Red Wing!
We Need YOU(th)!
Are you ready to be heard?
We need young people in government now more than ever. If you're going into grades 8 through 12 and think city government is boring and stuffy, we're going to change your mind.
The City of Red Wing's brand new Youth Commission is an opportunity for teens to get involved in city government, working right alongside the City Council, to bring in new perspectives. Want to advocate for your generation? Apply today .
Yard Maintenance, Responsibly
Summertime means digging in the garden, friendly lawn-keeping competitions with your neighbors, and finally trimming back those shrubs.
Let's keep our waterways just as healthy as that heirloom rhubarb by keeping all yard waste such as grass clippings, weeds, and branches out of the street and away from storm drains. Dispose of compostable yard waste and branches for FREE at the Waste Campus. Questions? Give their staff a call at 651.385.3658.
Better Representation for All
begins with the 2020 Census
As of Monday, Red Wing has passed its 2010 Census response rate of 77.1%! If you haven't responded to the 2020 Census yet, please do it now to help accurately represent Red Wing. You can respond
💻 online,
☎ by phone,
✉ or by mail.

However you choose to respond, your answers are 100% confidential and every single response matters--let's get a complete count for our city.
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.
Sheldon Theatre Meeting
Being held virtually
Tuesday, June 16 at 5:15 p.m.
Housing Workshop
Being held virtually
Thursday, June 18 at 5 p.m.
City Council Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, June 22 at 6 p.m.
Sustainability Commission Workshop
Tuesday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Sister Cities Commission Workshop
Wednesday, June 24 at 5 p.m.
Human Rights Commission Workshop
Thursday, June 25 at 6 p.m.
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