October 16, 2020
Autumn is flying by and fall colors will be gone in a flash. If you haven't already, enjoy a crisp hike on He Mni Can-Barn Bluff or hit the bike trails on Memorial Park and check out the new view from the expanded overlook.
Photo of red leaves backlit with sunshine
This weekend, the Sheldon Theatre is at it again offering two incredible, unique events. This Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m., the front of the Sheldon comes to life with BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE, a light show blending history and technology. For the best view, grab a spot at the Public Library across from the Sheldon (and don't forget your mask!). Then, next Thursday through Saturday, come to Rise from the Ashes, a self-guided tour of the Sheldon with photos and objects from its colorful 116-year history.
City 101 - Know Your Polling Place
Obviously Election Day is coming up. But do you know where to vote? Residents can vote early at City Hall or the Goodhue County Government Center. On November 3, however, you'll need to vote at your designated polling place. Finding it is easy, especially with the new interactive Election Vote App on the City's website. However you choose to cast your ballot--absentee or on November 3--get out and VOTE, Red Wing!
What to do With Vacant St. John's Hospital?
Former st johns hospital site red wing mn
New development opportunities exist at the former St. John's Hospital site at 1407 West Fourth Street. A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be sent out next week. The RFP outlines the parameters for redeveloping the property, and gives contractors a basis to develop plans and submit ideas. This particular RFP expects applicants to interact with neighborhood residents to create a plan that will meet the community's needs. The City Council and Mayo Clinic have worked together, hoping the RFP will bring new ideas to redevelop the site without the buildings (demolished), or to reuse some or all of the existing buildings. Watch future issues of City Beat for further developments on this property.
Halloween Safety with the RWPD
Holidays this year will look a little different, and Halloween is no exception. Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the Red Wing Police Department has some new tips for families so everyone can have a happy, safe Halloween.
More Halloween safety updates--including this year's Trunk or Treat event--are available on the RWPD's Facebook page.
Sculpture Walk Coming to Red Wing
salmon runner sculpture by Heather Wall
Downtown Main Street and Red Wing Arts have teamed up to bring a new idea to downtown. Beginning next summer, they will lease eight outdoor sculptures to display around downtown, providing free outdoor art for people to enjoy. The sculptures would also be for sale, giving the artists who create them increased exposure and an avenue to sell their work. People can tour the sculptures and vote for their favorites all while enjoying our downtown area. At the end of the lease, the sculptures are replaced with different ones, creating a rotating exhibit. It's a fun way to make art available to all, while helping the sculptors who created them. We're lucky to have these two groups in Red Wing, and the economic and aesthetic contributions they bring to our area.
Meet the 2020 Amos Owen Award Winner
Since 2001, the Amos Owen Award has recognized local people for their efforts in promoting and ensuring others’ human rights, in honor of Prairie Island Mdewakanton elder and spiritual leader Amos Owen. This year, the 2020 award winner is Maureen Nelson, Executive Director of the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties. Maureen has worked tirelessly in the areas of food insecurity, homelessness, education, and health--and courageously writes about often controversial subjects in order to bring attention to the need for human rights locally. Red Wing is a better place because of Maureen's work and her influence is undeniable. Congratulations and thank you, Maureen, for your dedication and service to all of us.
Understanding Our Full and True History
Chief Red Wing Day Proclaimed in the City of Red Wing
On October 12, 2020, Mayor Dowse proclaimed it Chief Red Wing Day, in honor of our city's namesake and the leader of the Mdewakanton Dakota people, who lived in this area long before western settlers arrived. Mayor Dowse and Arthur Lockwood, Prairie Island Indian Community member and Dakota language instructor, read the proclamation in English and Dakota. Listen in to why this day is so special to our communities.
Goodhue CARES
COVID-19 Funds for Homeowners, Renters & Businesses
Not sure where to start? Contact the Red Wing Housing & Redevelopment Authority and they'll help you.
Are you a homeowner or tenant who needs financial assistance due to COVID-19? Emergency Assistancefunds are available now through the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing & Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA). Our local HRA will be happy to help you fill out the form; call 651.388.7571.Additional grants are available, too, if you have a small business or nonprofit that needs help because of the pandemic.Apply for these $10,000 grantsavailable on a first-come, first-serve basis today.
Only YOU Can Prevent Stormwater Pollution
Image of a storm drain full of water
As a river city, the prevention of stormwater pollution is kind of a big deal. After all, everything that enters our storm drains empties directly into the Mississippi River. The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) outlines how we, as a City and as individuals, can best prevent stormwater pollution and keep our waterways healthy. Composting yard waste, for example, is just one easy method to help keep storm drains clear of leaves, grass, and other debris. At their last meeting, the City Council approved joining the Adopt-a-Drain program, an opportunity for residents to help keep nearby storm drains clean. Watch future editions of City Beat to learn how to get involved.
Burnside Cemetery - A Glimpse into the Past
Despite their spooky depictions in pop culture, cemeteries play a key role in our past and future. Red Wing's Burnside Cemetery offers a unique glimpse into our region's history, spanning all the way back to the 1850s. Join Marshall Laidlaw in exploring one of three City-owned cemeteries in this special feature on Burnside Cemetery.
All in a Day's Work - Brenda Stewart
Portrait style photo of Brenda Stewart
In a normal year, you might already be familiar with Brenda Stewart's work. As the new Associate Director of Marketing and Communications with the Sheldon Theatre, Brenda helps get the word out about the theater's amazing shows and events. So far, however, her first year here has been anything but usual. Still, Brenda has been hard at work with the BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE event and in three words she describes it as "amazing, accurate, and inspiring." Coincidentally, those are the same words we use to describe Brenda.
Welcome to the City of Red Wing and the Sheldon Theatre!
We'll Save You a Seat (at home)
Sheldon Theatre Board Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Tuesday, October 20 at 5:15 p.m.
Advisory Planning Commission Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m.
Human Rights Commission Workshop
Meeting virtually via Webex
Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Monday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m.
Sustainability Commission Workshop
Meeting virtually via Webex
Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Sister Cities Commission Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Wednesday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m.