September 28, 2018
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New Website, New Tools
We know we're a little geeky, but we're super excited to present the City of Red Wing's new official website. Its simple colors, intuitive layout, and powerful search engine make it easy to find what you're looking for. Now you can subscribe to features like our news feed, job postings, and snow emergency reports so you're always up-to-date. See the new site here, and if you have a question or there's something you'd like to see changed, contact us and let us know.
The Bluff That's Bridging Two Communities
Community Hike at He Mni Can - Barn Bluff
Co-hosted by the City of Red Wing and Prairie Island Indian Community
Tuesday, October 16 at 3:30 p.m.
Meet at the base of the bluff (at the end of East 5th Street); a light meal will be served at the base of the bluff after the hike.

People from all walks of life feel a strong connection to He Mni Can-Barn Bluff (pronounced Heh-Meh-NEE-cha), and each person has his or her own feelings about this place. As Mayor Dowse says, "In 2016, as the City worked on the plan for the bluff’s future, we learned—and finally began to understand—how sacred the bluff is to the Mdewakanton Dakota people of the Prairie Island Indian Community. This is a crucial fact that must not be ignored any longer." Read more about the strong connection the bluff is building between the two communities and learn about the projects we're working on together.

If you're interested in reading about the new graffiti enforcement, click here.
Renovated, Renewed, and Reopening
Saturday Sept. 29 - 4:45 p.m.
Red Wing loves arts and culture--and the Sheldon Theatre (one of the only city-owned theaters in the country), is proof. Come out for the theater's Grand Reopening this Saturday, September 29. Meet outside the Sheldon at 4:45 p.m. for a short, celebratory procession, then enjoy free music, refreshments, and a tour of the renovations. If you want to buy tickets for the inaugural concert that night at 7:30 p.m. by Prince's former band, the Revolution, click here.
The Bridge Name Stays
The High Bridge, Hiawatha Bridge, and Eisenhower Memorial Bridge--all have been names of the crossing that stretches across the Mississippi. Like you, we at the City were interested to see what the new bridge's name would be, and we were just about to dive into an outreach process to ask you as residents for your ideas. But recently, the State contacted us with new information: the name Eisenhower Memorial Bridge has been written into state law, not only for the current bridge but for every future bridge at this location. So the name remains for the old and the new. Who knew? Learn details and a little history here.
Goats on Break
The goats crunching through invasive buckthorn on Memorial Park have taken a little breather, but they'll be back in early October.

They've been destroying invasive plants naturally so we don't need to use herbicides. We didn't expect them to be such excellent escape artists, though. The Public Works Department wrangled the wayward munchers back into their pens numerous times. But even with their unplanned outings, the project has been a big success so it appears more goats are in our future!
A Unique Year for Budgeting
 The year 2018 has proven to be an unusual year to plan the City’s budget.

Two unexpected things happened. First, the valuations of residential properties increased considerably. (You may have noticed this when you received your mailed Valuation Notice from the county.) Second, the valuation of utilities, including Red Wing’s largest tax-base entity, the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Station owned by Xcel Energy, decreased significantly. The City is also taking into account an important school district levy before voters this year. So staff and Council are working hard to cut costs and minimize the financial impact to you as a resident. Find out more here. To reach our Budget web page with additional information, click here.
See a Sample of Your Voting Ballot
Elections often have surprises, but don't let the ballot be one of them. Sample ballots for the November 6 election are available now. Who are the City Council candidates you'll be voting for and which wards do they represent? Click to find out! If you need to find out which ward you live in, visit here.
Well, That Was a Surprise
Residents living in the Bush, 9th, and 10th Street neighborhoods have been bogged down by street construction for months. An unexpected snafu extended the timeline, and residents have thankfully been patient and kind. To explain what's been happening, S taff Engineer Dean Chamberlain takes us on-site to dig into the latest episode of City 101.
Domo Arigatou Gazaimasu
WE ARE HONORED. That was the message from four local students who went to Japan through the Red Wing Sister Cities Commission's exchange program. The teens shared insights and stories with City Council during a recent meeting. Chaperone and City staff member Jeff Schneider is an adept storyteller. The posts he wrote on the Commission's Facebook page during the trip will have you chuckling.

Watch the presentation. Application period for the next trip opens soon.
2018 Japanese Exchange Members
Eva Engberg, Jack Kreye, and
Micah Marks
All in a Day's Work
Jennifer Staley, Development & Community Relationships Coordinator
Jennifer has always loved the stage. In fact, she worked as a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles for ten years. Now she works behind the scenes at the Sheldon Theatre to support other people's dreams of being on stage.

Jennifer focuses on fundraising in her current role, an especially important task since nearly 40% of the Sheldon's budget comes through grants, endowments, and special events. Jennifer also specializes in community outreach, creating programs that connect youth with the arts. Next time you're at the Sheldon stop by and say hello!
Did You Miss That Meeting?
Now you can watch any City meeting on demand, 24-hours a day, through our website. Click here, then scroll down to Available Archives to see the meeting of your choice. Want to see what’s playing on Channel 6 right now? We offer a live stream through our website.  Just click the “Channel 6” button to watch on any device.
We'll Save You a Seat
You're invited to these workshops, meetings, and events
Sheldon Theatre Grand Reopening
443 West 3rd St. (outside the theater)
Saturday, September 29 @ 4:45 p.m.
Harbor Commission
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, Oct. 3 @ 7:30 a.m.
Bridge Update
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, Oct. 3 @ noon
Port Authority Board
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, Oct. 3 @ 4:30 p.m.
Heritage Preservation Commission
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, Oct. 3 @ 5:30 p.m.
League of Women Voters
Candidate Forum - City Council
City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, Oct. 4 @ 6:30 p.m
Sheldon Fete: FREE House Party
443 West 3rd St. (at the theater) Friday, October 5 @ 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Housing & Redevelopment Authority
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, Oct. 9 @ 3:30 p.m.
City Council
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, Oct. 8 @ 6:00 p.m.
Reception for the Amos Owen Award winner in City Council Chambers lobby from 5:30 to 6:00. Award presented at the meeting immediately following.
City Council Workshop
with Red Wing 2040
Red Wing Public Library Foot Room
Wednesday, Oct. 10 @ 5:00 p.m.
League of Women Voters
Candidate Forum - School Board
City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, Oct. 11 @ 6:30 p.m.
City of Red Wing & Prairie Island Indian Community Hike
Meet at the base of He Mni Can-Barn Bluff (at the east end of 5th Street)
Tuesday, Oct. 16 @ 3:30 p.m.
Save the Date:
Fire Department Open House
Tours, refreshments, and
Sparky the Fire Dog!
Sunday, Oct. 28 @ 11 a.m - 2 p.m.
This issue of City Beat is produced by City of Red Wing staff members Melissa Hill, Michelle Leise, and Patrick Harris.
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