July 17, 2020
Like a good neighbor...
...stay over there.

Being apart from friends and family is tough, we know, but maintaining at least 6 feet for social distancing in public spaces will help keep everyone in our community safer.
Time to Make a Difference
Task Force Applications and Nominations due Friday July 24 at 4 p.m.
You (or someone you know) might be a great fit for the Task Force on City Government Policies and Practices. The City acknowledges that systemic racism exists throughout society, and the Task Force is dedicated to helping identify and eliminate that racism and the bias of white privilege throughout all departments in our local government. The first 18 months will focus on public safety/policing policies. A diverse group of 12 community members will work together, in partnership with the Police Department, to discuss areas for positive change and make recommendations to City Council. Emphasis is on people stepping forward who have not been involved with government before. Share and help get the word out! Click here to learn about the Task Force and see a draft of the City's 2020 Racial Equity Plan. Deadline to apply or nominate someone to the Task Force is Friday, July 24, at 4 p.m.
Do Your Tax Dollars Make Cents?
What do you think should be top priorities for the City of Red Wing in 2021? Do you think the City should focus more on funding roads or protecting the environment? Encouraging new businesses or more training for our police and fire departments? It’s budgeting time for the City of Red Wing, and hundreds of choices like these need to be made. You can help decide how our tax dollars get spent by contacting City Council now and giving them your spending priorities. They won’t know something is important to you unless you tell them--so email, call, or come to a meeting. Let's build 2021's budget together.

Next budgeting meeting - July 27 at 6 p.m. in City Hall
There's a New Fire Chief in Town
Chief Warner smiling for the camera
“I’ve been able to succeed because I’ve surrounded myself with good people - really, really good people from the City, from Council members, to firefighters and paramedics," said Red Wing's new Fire Chief. Mike Warner showed much gratitude in his acceptance speech after officially being named Fire Chief of the City of Red Wing, but we feel just as grateful to have him. He has earned this position after nearly 20 years in the fire service and six months as Interim Fire Chief for the City. Watch the City Council clip of Warner's acceptance, and tell him congratulations when you see him around town.
Council Chambers Are Open!
We’ve missed you down here at City Hall. Thankfully, the Council Chambers are officially open again for meetings, so come say hi and give your input to the City Council or members of your favorite board or commission. Just be aware, things are a bit different around here due to the pandemic - masks and social distancing are required. Watch the video for details what to expect at City Hall.
Who's on the Ballot?
Primary elections are right around the corner--August 11! Do you know who you're voting for?
With three candidates on the ballot for the Mayor's office, the August 11 primary will narrow the race to two candidates for Election Day on November 3. Absentee voting is available through August 10, and due to COVID-19 safety concerns, Red Wing residents are encouraged to vote by mail this election season, but however you do it, get out and VOTE!
Headshot of Sean Dowse
Sean M. Dowse
Headshot of Janie Farrar
Janie Farrar
Headshot of Mike Wilson
Mike Wilson
Our Home Inspectors Are Here to Help
If you're a tenant in town who has tried to connect with your landlord or manager to get a health or safety issue fixed and you haven't had any luck, call our Inspections Office. One of our friendly housing inspectors will come out for free to look at the issue and in many cases work with your landlord to make sure it gets fixed in a timely manner. Call us at 651-385-3623. To learn more about tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities, click here.
Red Wing Bans Conversion Therapy for Minors
Overlook of Red Wing with the words Conversion Therapy BANNED in the City of Red Wing
City Council made it official Monday night to ban the practice of conversion therapy for minors by legal professionals in our city. Conversion therapy claims to cure or correct sexual orientation or gender identity, and is regarded by most medical organizations as ineffective and traumatic. There's no documented history of conversion therapy in Red Wing right now, but City Council members, with a recommendation from the Human Rights Commission, decided to vote and keep it that way. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the lively discussions. If you want to learn more, you can read the report or watch the City Council's June 22 deliberation and July 13 ruling.
The City Hall Farmers Market is BACK
Just be sure to keep about 9.6 ears of sweet corn apart
Nothing says summer like fresh produce, and now you can pick some up downtown during the week. The Red Wing Farmers Market, modified for safety, is back for the season. Every weekday, from 8 a.m. until sold out, vendors will be selling garden goodness along West 4th Street in front of City Hall. Our local farmers work hard to provide healthy food for our community; keep them healthy by wearing a mask and following social distancing guidelines when shopping.
Who’s ready for some sweet corn?
All in a Day's Work - Kay Kuhlmann
Every year, the Minnesota City/County Management Association recognizes one city manager in the state for excellence in service. This year, this prestigious recognition in the form of the Dr. Robert A. Barrett Award for Management Excellence went to our very own Red Wing City Council Administrator, Kay Kuhlmann. Kay has been overseeing the operation of our city for 23 years and even if this is the first time you’ve heard her name, the City of Red Wing couldn’t function without her. "It's an honor," Kay said of receiving the award. She adds that it feels "a little strange to receive an award just for doing your job." It's a job not just anyone could do, and we are proud and thankful to have her with the City of Red Wing. Congratulations, Kay, on an award very well deserved.
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 Board Meeting
Meeting held virtually
Tuesday, July 21 at 5:15 p.m.
Advisory Planning Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m.
Sister Cities Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, July 22 at 5 p.m.
Human Rights Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, July 23 at 6 p.m.
City Council Meeting and
Budgeting Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, July 27 at 6 p.m.
Sustainability Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m.
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