February 9, 2021
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2019 Chiefs of Police Lifesaving Award
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During last night's City Council meeting, Detective Tom Rikli of the Red Wing Police Department was recognized for a life-saving service. In September of 2019, Detective Rikli responded to a call regarding a young man experiencing a suicidal episode on the roof of a building. After nearly an hour and a half on the roof with him, Detective Rikli and the young man returned safely to the ground. For his actions, Detective Rikli received the 2019 Chiefs of Police Lifesaving Award.
Council Approves First Recommendations
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City Council unanimously approved four recommendations from the community Advisory Team, which works with local government to create more equitable policies and practices. The first two instruct the police department and the non-profit HOPE Coalition to work together to examine two programs that could result in serving residents better who experience sexual assault. The third calls for detectives and advocates to find ways to partner more often. The fourth calls for prioritizing the hiring of a bilingual officer. Council expanded this one to include strengthening hiring practices to actively seek bilingual and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) applicants for job openings across all City departments.
Read the Advisory Team's recommendations here.

Do you have questions or comments about the team and its work?
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What's the latest with the Engineering Department? From upcoming street renovations to updates on ongoing projects, keeping up has never been easier. Sign up for regular newsletter updates on the Old West Main Street and Pedestrian Bridge projects, and upcoming Highway 58 Resurfacing project. You can also check out if one of your neighborhood streets is on the 2021 street renovations list. And of course, we'll keep reporting on projects as they develop right here in City Beat.
Hate Has No Place in Red Wing
Hate has no place in our community, and the City Council is taking steps to make that clear. During last night's Council meeting, members requested the drafting of two resolutions: one denouncing the display of hate symbols in public spaces in the city of Red Wing and another requesting the State of Minnesota to enact a law banning the display of hate symbols on public property.  Both resolutions will be drafted, then reviewed and edited by the Red Wing Human Rights Commission before coming back to the Council for approval.
Black History Month
Right now is a great time to check out the Red Wing Human Rights Commission's library on Race and Racism. Browse the virtual library to find choices for podcasts, books, documentaries, movies, TV shows, and more. To learn more about the 11-member commission, student advisors, and their upcoming work in 2021, visit the HRC's website page.
Workshops: Worth Tuning In
Backyard chickens, hate crime symbols, boat marinas, the public golf course, neighborhood housing, and equitable policy making - these are just a few of the topics City Council members have covered so far in their periodic workshops--and you're invited to all of them. Workshops offer a time for extended discussion and brainstorming on issues coming up for public input and decision-making. Check out the City's calendar for future workshop dates, and contact your Council member at any time to give your input:
To see recordings of past workshops, visit the City's website and scroll down to the "Available Archives" list.
Check out the City Calendar.
Next Workshop: Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. on energy and environmental policy priorities.
Winter Parking Made Easy
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Our street parking downtown means easy access to our favorite businesses year-round. In winter, though, that convenience can create headaches for plow truck drivers as they try to clear snow from the streets. Here are some tips to make winter parking easier for everyone:
  • If there’s some new snow on the ground, consider opting for a spot in one of downtown’s off-street parking lots and ramps to leave the streets clear for the plow trucks.
  • Pay attention to parking limits—will your visit take 30 minutes or three hours? Choose your spot accordingly.
  • Need to park overnight? Double-check that the spot you’ve picked doesn’t have overnight parking restrictions and opt for off-street parking in the public lots or ramps.
These Shoes were Made for Hiking
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Can't make this hike?
Catch another snowshoe hike next Wednesday, February 17 at 4 p.m.
Visit the Community Ed website for more details, to register, and find other fun events and classes.
What are you doing this weekend? Get active outside with a snowshoe hike with the Red Wing Park Naturalist program! No snowshoes? No problem—they have a limited number of snowshoes to lend. To register (and claim a pair of snowshoes), visit the Red Wing Community Education website or call their office at 651-385-4565. Bundle up for the weather, grab your favorite mask, and meet at the Sumac Drive Trailhead to hit the trails of the Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area bright and early at 8:30 am this Saturday, February 13. Happy trails!
All in a Day's Work
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Behind every video, City 101, or board and commission meeting is a person--and more often than not, it's one of these two! Emily Schultz and DeMacio Foster are the City of Red Wing's newest Audio Visual Technicians. Both Emily and DeMacio also work at the Sheldon Theatre as a production assistant and stagehand/lighting technician, respectively. When the Sheldon closed its doors due to the pandemic last year, they joined the team at City Hall and have been steadily learning to create videos and produce live television ever since. You might not see them often, but you'll see their work a lot.
We'll Save You a Seat (at home)
Housing & Redevelopment Authority Strategic Planning Workshop
Meeting virtually via Webex
Thursday, February 11
City Council Workshop on League of Cities' Policies
Meeting virtually via Webex
Thursday, February 11
Sheldon Theatre Board Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex.
Tuesday, February 16 at 5:15 p.m.
Advisory Planning Commission Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m.
Youth Commission Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Wednesday, February 17 at 6 p.m.
Red Wing City Council Meeting
Meeting virtually via Webex
Monday, February 22 at 6 p.m.