March 23, 2021
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Plan your adventure or delve into the rich history of this scenic trail system stretching through Cannon Falls, the Village of Welch, and Red Wing.
Library OPENS!
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Appointment-only Browsing & PC
Monday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open Express Browsing Times
Wednesday & Friday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Browsing reservations are
Do you miss that book-filled-library smell? We have some amazing news for you--the Red Wing Public Library is OPEN! Every Wednesday through Saturday, the library will be open for 30-minute "express visits." Visitors will be able to browse and check out materials, print, and use the "express Internet" computers without a reservation. In order to keep the community safe, masks will be required during express visits and social distancing encouraged. So grab your library card, your favorite mask, and enjoy some in-person browsing at the library!
Curbside pick-up will continue to be available for guests who would prefer not to come into the library.
COVID-19 Funds for You or a Friend

Be a good neighbor and pass this on: COVID-19 relief funds are available now that can help you or those you know with immediate needs. City Council has worked in partnership with the following organizations to get dollars out quickly to the community. Contact the following for assistance:
Rent or Mortgage Payments:
HOPE Coalition: 651-388-9360 Ext. 2
Daycare Payments:
School District's Kids' Junction - scholarships available
Y PeachTree Program - scholarships available
HOPE Coalition - contact for other daycare payments
Red Wing Youth Outreach - contact for other daycare payments
Food Assistance:
RW Area Food Shelf: 1755 Old West Main Street

Red Wing will receive additional dollars through the federal American Rescue Plan in 2021 and 2022. We'll keep you updated as we learn more.
More Room to Play
Photo of the newly completed playground at Sunnyside Elementary in the summer
Image of rough wooden play area surrounded by trees
In Red Wing, we love our playgrounds and play areas, and now we can look forward to two more! The Red Wing School District asked the City to help install a playground at Twin Bluff Middle School this spring, similar to the one built at Sunnnyside Elementary in 2019. Council approved that request Monday night. The colorful new playground will complement a second playground -- a new nature play area -- at Twin Bluff. The nature play area, initially started by Live Healthy Red Wing, will now be completed through Red Wing Community Education. Two new play areas and a bunch of happy students--now that's some good news we can all be glad about.
Do You Pay Property Taxes?
You'll want to read this article!
Property taxes and valuation forms probably aren't your favorite things to receive in the mail, but they're important and they'll be hitting your mailbox soon! So, what are they and how do they differ? One will be your 2020 Property Tax Statement--this is what you owe in property taxes this year. The other is a Value and Classification Notice, which is essentially a preview of the value that will be used to calculate next year's taxes based on your home's current estimated market value. Seems pretty straightforward, right? That second form is especially important because if you disagree with your home's current valuation, you can bring your concerns to the Goodhue County Assessor and their office can walk you through how to contest and appeal the valuation.
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Dates to Know:

Local Board of Appeal and Equalization
May 11 at 5:30 p.m.

County Board of Appeal and Equalization
June 15 at 6 p.m.

Contact the County Assessor!
Phone: 651.385.3040
Help Create a Community of Immunity
Find the most accurate local information about COVID-19 on the GCHHS website.
For more information on how you and your organization can get involved, contact Pam Horlitz.
COVID-19 vaccinations are here and when it's your turn to get one, there are a lot of good reasons to do it. Goodhue County Health and Human Services has teamed up with the City of Red Wing and other partners to give you the latest details about the vaccine. “The opportunity to get vaccinated is here and available, so we should all take advantage of it," says Mayor Mike Wilson. "It’s what we need to do to get things up and running. I’m personally glad I was able to get vaccinated, and I hope everyone else will, too." 
Workshops: Discussing What Matters to You
Workshops are a time for Council to discuss issues and consider feedback they've heard from residents. If you're interested in these topics, be aware of these two upcoming events:
  • Rental License Workshop
Wednesday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
  • 1st Step in Creating the 2022 Budget Workshop
Monday, March 29 at 5:30

Email your Council members and mayor here to give your input. You can watch the meetings live on Channel 6 or click the meeting link on each agenda to attend virtually.
Creating a Plan to Address Homelessness
Red Wing will begin to examine homelessness in-depth and, together as a community, create a system so all residents have a place to live. On Monday night, City Council approved two steps to start that process. The first step: Conducting a detailed study locally. The second step: Working together to build a system of transitional housing that addresses varying needs. Funds for the two-step process come from federal CARES dollars that can assist the needs of residents. You can read the report and documents here.
Solicitud del Programa de Asistencia de Servicios Públicos disponible en español
Image of a cold water spigot shot from above
Para más información, vite el sito web de la ciudad de Red Wing en
o llame a trabajos públicos al 651.385.3674.
The English version of the Utility Assistance Program online application is also available.
La ciudad de Red Wing tiene un programa de asistencia de servicios públicos disponible para residentes de Red Wing que han sido impactados financieramente por COVID-19.

  • El programa proporciona
fondos para cubrir facturas vencidas de la ciudad de servicios públicos
de agua, alcantarillado,
basura y reciclaje.
  • Propietarios e
inquilinos que viven dentro de
los límites de la ciudad son elegibles
para el programa.
  • Aplicaciones en línea
están disponibles ahora en
el sitio web de la ciudad
All in a Day's Work
Image of Josh Nelson at the Waste Campus
Josh Nelson is the newest addition to the buildings and grounds division of Public Works, having completed his six-month probation as a Facilities Maintenance Journeyman. After serving for several years with the Air Force, Josh returned to Red Wing and joined the City with extensive HVAC experience. “The residents and employees of Red Wing can rest assured knowing that Josh is on the job,” said Shawn Blaney, Deputy Directory of Buildings and Grounds. Josh, thank you for your service and welcome aboard!
Photo of Peter Bartholome at the Waste Campus
When the Waste Campus’ material recovery facility found itself shortstaffed, Peter Bartholome jumped in to help. Since then, he has joined the refuse and recycling collection team and just recently passed his six-month probation. “This has been a great fit for both Peter and the City,” said Deputy Director of the Waste Campus, Jeff Schneider. “We are proud and fortunate to have Peter working with us.” Congratulations, Peter, and welcome to the City of Red Wing!
We'll Save You a Seat (at home)
Sustainability Commission Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex.
Tuesday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m.
City Council Workshop on Rental Housing Maintenance Program
Meeting virtually via Webex.
Wednesday, March 24 at 7 p.m.
Sister Cities Commission Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Wednesday, March 24 at 5 p.m.
Human Rights Commission Meeting
Meeting Held Virtually
Thursday, March 25 at 6 p.m.
City Council Budget Workshop
Meeting virtually via Webex
Monday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Port Authority Board Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex.
Tuesday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m.