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Editorial: Welcome Ward, join the effort

Red Wing Downtown Main Street has hired Wendy Ward as its director. She started a downtown enhancement program called Preservation Napa Valley in California's wine country, so she brings valuable experience and skills in many areas that history-loving Red Wing -- not just downtown -- needs. These include her work in retail.

Ward, a Minnesota native, will be on the job in April, In the meantime, she will be in Red Wing on Wednesday to meet Downtown Main Street members and see more of the community.

It's critical that citizens welcome Ward, embrace the new relationship between DTMS and the Red Wing Port Authority and also support merchants. Her leadership will be key, of course, and give momentum to the ideas, but it would be a mistake to think one person can revitalize downtown.

Each citizen, however, one person at a time, can help her make a difference. Shop locally whenever possible. Demonstrate pride in the community everywhere you go. Help Ward and DTMS achieve scucess -- and by extension, the Red Wing area.