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City gets one MNGL proposal

One proposal was submitted in response to a city of Red Wing request for plans to operate Mississippi National Golf Links.

Local nonprofit Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation submitted the only response to the request for proposals by the deadline, Friday at 2 p.m., City Clerk Kathy Johnson said.

The city plans to make the submission public on Monday, she said. It will be available on the website, www.red-wing.org.

The City Council decided last month it would make any responses to the request for proposals public after the deadline but before council members make any final decisions.

“Our nonprofit's vision for the golf course extends beyond golf, to projects such as Audubon Sanctuary Certification and possible solar energy uses,” RWMGC said.

“We are excited at the prospect of working with the city to reopen the course and to fully realize the public value of this wonderful space.”

The course was closed to golfers this season except for the driving range.

The city’s MNGL request for proposals was released in mid-August.

Public opinions

The city recently received results from a citizen survey that included questions about Mississippi National Golf Links. Twenty percent of those polled said it was very important and 36 percent somewhat important that Red Wing have MNGL as a public amenity.

The survey also showed 11 percent support continued public financing of the golf course, 45 percent support it, 30 percent oppose it and 9 percent strongly oppose. Five percent said they don’t know or refused to answer.

More than half of the telephone survey respondents said they would not be willing to pay additional property taxes to improve and reopen the course, while the rest answered in a range from $6 to more than $36 per year.

About three-fourths of those polled said they were aware of the discussions taking place about the golf course.

City council members are expected to discuss the survey results at their next meeting, 7 p.m. Oct. 14. A handful of questions about MNGL were included, as well as inquires about taxes, the quality of services in Red Wing, positives and negatives about living in the city and other topics.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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