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October 12, 2021
Putting on cozy socks when it's chilly outside is a simple pleasure some might take for granted. Help make sure everyone has what they need to keep their feet warm by joining United Way's Socktober campaign this month. New socks can be dropped off at United Way, the Library, or Thrivent Financial. Prefer to shop online? Click here or here for digital donation options.
Congratulations Craig Camp
2021 Amos Owen Award Winner
On the 20th anniversary of the Amos Owen Award for Human Rights, the Human Rights Commission chose someone particularly special for this year's award - Craig Camp, the grandson of Amos Owen and son of Art Owen. Amos and Art were beloved elders and spiritual leaders of the Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota people, and Amos Owen is the award's namesake. Craig (left in photo shown with his brother, Austin) learned his family's dedication to helping others through peace and selflessness and has volunteered for years leading sweat lodges, pipe ceremonies, and mentoring sessions for Native youth at the Minnesota Correctional Facility - Red Wing. These traditional spiritual ceremonies offer prayer and healing through the American Indian Prison Project, allowing young people to participate in cultural practices once prohibited by the government. From the City and the Human Rights Commission, thank you, Craig, for showing all of us the immense good one person can do.
Lighting the Way
The Red Wing Nordic Ski Team is embarking on an ambitious project before the snow flies this year. The team hopes to raise $150,000 to add lighting to the ski trails at Mississippi Links Golf Course so the team can safely practice after dark on short winter days. City Council has agreed to cover the ongoing electric costs for the lights, but the team needs the community's help to make the lights themselves a reality. They aim to have a 1K loop finished by the beginning of December and build as they go. If you're interested in contributing to the cause, you can make a donation through Community Education.
Chief Red Wing Day
Since 2014, the City of Red Wing has celebrated the second Monday of every October as Chief Red Wing Day. At Monday's meeting, Mayor Mike Wilson and Prairie Island Indian Community member Ray Owen read the official Proclamation of this day. Some of the country still calls this holiday Columbus Day, but under the leadership of former Human Rights Commission Chair Scott Bender, along with the City Council eight years ago under Chair Lisa Bayley, local government became an early adopter of the change to honor Indigenous Peoples, specifically Chief Red Wing.
Get Ready to Recycle
Have an old laptop or broken microwave you've been meaning to get rid of? Your chance to recycle it responsibly is coming up at the City's annual Electronics Recycling Event. Most electronics will be accepted free of charge, although some items will require a disposal fee. Members from the Sustainability and Youth commissions will be on hand to help City staff make the event run smoothly. Gather your old electronics now and head to the Waste Campus on October 23 to dispose of them in an environmentally conscious way.
Waste Campus
1873 Bench Street, Red Wing
October 23, 8 am to 2 pm
Safety Project Kicks Off at Prairie Island
Long-Awaited Bridge Over Railroad Tracks Begins
A busy street and a busy railroad crossing are not a safe combination, which is why the Sturgeon Lake Road Project out by Treasure Island Resort and Casino is so important. The project will construct an overpass for traffic over the railroad crossing, and it's just hit a critical milestone. The Tribal Council, City Council, and MN Department of Transportation have all approved a revised layout for this crucial safety project. This layout helps cut costs and makes changes requested by the Prairie Island Indian Community. The new plan also factors in traffic needs from large outdoor events held at Treasure Island. With the new layout approved, the property to complete the project can be purchased, and the final design and id documents can be completed. Construction for the long-anticipated project is expected get underway in late 2022/2023. Have a question on the project? Contact City Engineer/Engineering Director Jay Owens.
Walk This Skyway
The weather has started to cool, but there are still plenty of gorgeous evenings ahead. If you feel like taking a stroll to enjoy one of them, consider checking out the new Riverview Skyway. It's open; come see it for yourself!
All in a Day's Work
Justin Mandelkow
Justin Mandelkow loves to be busy. That makes his job as Operations Foreman of the Material Recovery Facility at the Waste Campus a perfect fit. "There's never a dull moment," he says. Garbage is "relentless," and Justin oversees processing it and making sure that the City gets as much out of it — whether recycling or fuel — as possible. That ultimately means less going into the landfill and a better Red Wing for us all. Justin keeps busy outside of work, too. He farms on the side, and having two grade school-aged children, Max and Reese, keeps him and his wife running. While it can be easy to forget about your garbage once it's out on the curb, we can be all be grateful that Justin and the rest of the team at the Waste Campus take it from there.
We'll Save You a Seat
Sheldon Theatre Board Meeting
City Council Chambers
Tuesday, October 19 at 5:15 p.m.

City Council Meeting
City Council Chambers
Monday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Advisory Planning Commission Meeting
City Council Chambers
Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
City Council Budget Workshop
City Council Chambers
Thursday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m.