March 20, 2020
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Your Local COVID-19 Resource
You’re thinking about a lot right now. So we’ve gathered trusted sources and links related to COVID-19 from the federal, state, and local level all in one spot. You’ll find health news, resources for businesses and employees, and even how to get free meals and online books for your kids each day. Visit these sites:
City Council Approves First Changes
Your City Council has quickly passed multiple items to make life a little bit better right now. They eliminated all late fees on utility bills and parking tickets. They voted to ensure no one's water is turned off because they can't pay. They also delayed collection of liquor license fees, and more. Additional steps will come, but these first early decisions will help. Get more details at the City's COVID-19 page . Watch the video of the Council's special meeting here .
Red Wing City Council members (from left) Evan Brown, Dean Hove, Becky Norton, Mayor Sean Dowse, Laurel Stinson, John Becker, Erin Buss, and Kim Beise.
You're Online Anyway--Complete the Census!
While you’re home, fill out the Census online. 2020 Census letters began arriving in mailboxes this week, and it's never been easier to respond:
  • Go to the website listed on your census letter.
  • Enter your unique identification code listed there.
  • Complete the census in about 10 minutes.
  • Done! Congratulate yourself for helping earn Red Wing's share of dollars for our community.
Red Wing Police: Still Here, Still Ready
Your Police Department is still working to provide you with all critical services. 911 and patrol are fully operational , but we’re going to handle some non-emergency services a little differently for now. Our doors to the public at 430 W. 6 th St. have to remain closed. We also ask that you use the non-emergency line at (651) 385-3155 whenever possible to keep 911 lines reserved and ready for emergencies that require an officer’s response. For permits and records requests, call the administrative number at (651) 267-2600 or visit the PD’s website Follow us on Facebook for easy updates, too. We're all in this together, Red Wing.
Resources for Employers & Employees
Workers and employers have lots of stresses right now. If you're one of the many looking for resources and information, check out these sites for the most up-to-date information. If you're someone looking to help local businesses, consider buying gift cards, ordering products for curb-side delivery, or ordering pick-up menu items to eat at home. Every bit helps. Red Wing loves its small and large businesses - let's support them.
Enjoy the Library From Home
Want to keep the kids busy and learning? The Red Wing Public Library is here to help! Visit the library's website for tons of digital resources for kids K-12, from eBook collections to online learning platforms. Plus, library staff are hosting a virtual story time for little ones on their Facebook page every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Try it!
Free Breakfast and Lunch for Kids
Our school district and community partners are accomplishing an amazing feat--feeding any child or teen ages 18 or younger every day seven days a week. Many of our students rely on schools for food, and Red Wing is making sure no child goes hungry during the school closures. Thank you to all involved!

Looking to help? The school doesn't need assistance at this time, but here's what you can do for hunger:
--Donate to the RW Area Food Shelf for their current and future needs.
-- Email Goodhue County or call 651-385-6128 to help county programs.
We'll Save You a Seat (at home)
Watch a City meeting without leaving home. It's easy! All City meetings are on demand 24 hours a day on any device through the City's website . Or, catch them live or rebroadcast on cable Channel 6. This video shows how easy it is.
City Council Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m.
Board and Commission meetings cancelled in March.
The City is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is researching technology options for open meetings. Stay tuned.
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