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Letter: Preserve all that can be at MNGL

Why do you live in Red Wing?

Maybe because you were born and grew up here. Maybe it's because this is where your job is. Or maybe you chose to move here because you liked the area. It's probably a combination of all of the above.

The question is, why here? Why not in a warmer place? Why not where you can make more money?

Why do YOU live here?

For me, it is all of the above, and it includes all of the "extras" that Red Wing has. The bluffs. The river. The YMCA. The Sheldon. The library. Bay Point Park. Colvill Park and the swimming pool. The hiking trails at Memorial Bluff. The Cannon Valley Trail. And Mississippi National Golf Course.

I am biased. I play golf. But I also snowshoe, and cross-country ski and hike: all at MNGL.

The City Council is about to decide the fate of Mississippi National; a public golf course that can be so much more. The Audobon Society, the Goodhue County Horticultural Society, the Environmental Learning Center, the Aurora Cross-country Ski Club all have a place at MNGL. The kids of Red Wing could have access to free golf.

What the Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation is offering the city is free volunteer management of MNGL. We expect to be financially independent within five years.

The upside is a public space open to all: golfers and non-golfers alike. The downside is an initial investment by the city, and that is you.

I am reminded of the saying, “You don't know what you've got till it's gone."

If you agree, please contact your City Council representative. Their meeting to decide is Monday Nov. 4. Thanks very much.

Robb Rutledge is president of Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation.