March 31, 2018
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Heads Up! New route near the bridge.
If you're driving to or from Wisconsin, you'll now take the new road affectionately called the "button hook" instead of driving along West 3rd Street near the bridge. See map here . The 3rd-Street access will open in fall of 2019. Please drive safely and slowly. Signs will guide you.

Sign up for all bridge project updates here from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. They've also got a great Facebook page filled with pictures and timely updates. Get connected today!
Monday: Climate Change Workshop
Learn how climate change is affecting us locally and nationally, and see what we can do about it. This Monday the Sustainability Commission hosts a workshop to e xplore the causes, impacts, and potential solutions of climate change with local expert Bruce Ause and members of the organization Climate Generation . Join the mayor, City Council members, and residents like you to see what Red Wing can do. Agenda here.
Monday, April 2 @ 7 p.m.
Colvill Park Courtyard
Plan Red Wing's Future. It's Up To ALL of Us
RED WING 2040 Community Plan OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, April 26,
4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Public Library

Tell your friends!
QUICK FACT: 20% of us in Red Wing are aged 65 or older, and that older population is expected to double by 2040 throughout MN. How do we plan for a vibrant city today AND tomorrow? It's up to all of us, including YOU.

Come to the Red Wing 2040 Open House April 26th. Learn new, intriguing details of who and what make up Red Wing-- and see first drafts of RW's short- and long-term goals based on what the community has said so far. Is the Plan on the right track? What's still missing? Come tell us.

Read the Red Wing Report Card here .
Single-Sort Recycling in Our Future
City Council members voted at last Monday's meeting to continue working toward providing single-sort recycling in the future. The hope is that more residents will recycle with the easier system.

Click here for a basic look at what single-sort recycling is and its advantages. More details on timing and costs in a future City Beat.
Spring Cleanup
Spring is getting closer and the Red Wing Solid Waste Campus is ready to make your yard clean-up easier. From April 21 to June 2, drop off brush, shrub trimmings, and old leaves for free at the campus on 1873 Bench Street. Reduced-rate dumpsters also available for large branches. Hours: M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sat. 7 a.m .-1 p.m. Questions? Call 385-3658.
Do YOU Want to Work at the City?
We're looking for people just like you. Click City Jobs and read what's available, including more very recent postings.
Where Do YOU Want Sidewalk Improvements?
Take two minutes for our quick, easy survey and tell us: Where do you want to see new sidewalk ramps installed?
The Charter Commission Wants You!
Members of the Charter Commission play a critical role in city government. In Red Wing, our charter acts as our local constitution, and commissioners are responsible for ensuring the document remains a good road map for how our government works. Curious? Watch the last Charter meeting here .

If interested , fill out an application. ( Please wait 1-2 minutes to load .)
Residents & Council Find Compromise
WHY do some neighborhood streets and sewers need major reconstruction like the upcoming 2018 project? THIS VIDEO will remind you .
Residents who live along portions of 9th, 10th, 11th, Bush, South Park, and McSorley Streets gathered at City Hall last Monday, 3/26, for a public hearing on the reconstruction of their roads. After neighbors along 9th Street especially raised concerns about too much asphalt & concrete potentially being added to their narrow street, Council elected to keep the street and sidewalks narrow--and let a beloved tree remain, despite Council and staff concerns that construction will kill the roots. Watch the meeting here (segment starts at 1 hr. 15 min.).
Welcome A New Guest to Red Wing
Exchange Teacher Visiting Town
One way Red Wing builds bridges around the world is through the City's Sister Cities Commission exchange program. On April 6, let's welcome Chuanwu Yu. (He also goes by Alex in the U.S.). Alex is an exchange teacher from Quzhou, China, one of RW's two sister cities.

Alex will spend two months living with host families and speaking at local schools and events. Dates to come.
Chuanwu Yu from Red Wing's Sister City, Quzhou, China
We're Proud of Our Students!
The City of Red Wing was thrilled to send Cayanne Korder and Alainn Hanson from Red Wing High School to Washington, D.C. for the National League of Cities Conference. They gathered with other youths around the country to learn more about government and leading the next generation. Get all the details in their presentation to City Council. Great job!
Community Turns Out for Addiction Discussion
More than 200 residents attended the Needles and Pills community conversation held at the library on March 29. Discussions centered around the book Six Years Lost with local author and speaker, Ben Schmidt, who shared insights about his own meth addiction. Chief Roger Pohlman moderated a panel discussion of experts who discussed options that Red Wing might consider, including setting up a drug court, which has had positive effects on families and communities elsewhere.

Starting Wednesday, April 4, you can see the video presentation here.
3 Things You Didn't Know About...
Sandy Gernentz (She's the friendly face who will greet you at the Fire Department)
1.Sandy's goal is to walk or run 2,018 miles in 2018. (She's at almost 500 miles already!)

2. She loves to travel and is looking forward to fun destination runs.

3. Sandy recently started full-time at the Fire Department. "I'm officially the senior member of the department -- not by years of service, but by years of life experience," she says. "You're never too old to learn!"
Tune In
Go to the  City's web site  and click on the button "View Meeting Agendas and Videos" (or if you're on your phone, click "Watch a City Meeting Online"). Then scroll down to Archived Videos , find your meeting from the list, scroll to the right side of the screen, and click "Video." Two restrictions: Most browsers work  except  Chrome, and the page is not mobile friendly yet. These issues will be fixed this spring.
We'll Save You A Seat
Red Wing School Board
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, April 2 @ 5:30 p.m.
Climate Change Workshop
Colvill Park Courtyard
Monday, April 2 @ 7 p.m.
Red Wing Bridge Update Q&A
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, April 4 @ noon
Heritage Preservation Commission
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, April 4 @ 5:30 p.m.
City Council
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, April 9 @ 6 p.m.
Housing & Redevelopment Authority
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, April 10 @ 3:30 p.m.
Free Speech Learning Session
Red Wing Public Library Foot Room
Thursday, April 12 @ 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Human Rights Commission
Sheldon Theatre Board
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, April 17 @ 5:15 p.m.
Port Authority Board
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, April 17 @ 7 p.m.
Red Wing 2040 Open House
Red Wing Public Library Foot Room
Thursday April 26 @ 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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