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Community survey approved, more city council briefs

Questions for Red Wing

The Morris Leatherman Company has completed the process to finalize a survey for a random sample of residents in Red Wing. City Council members voted to approve the finalized list of questions Aug. 28, after revisions were made following previous meetings.

During the Aug. 14 council meeting, staff had recommended revisions that would ask more questions focused on the Red Wing 2040 action teams, with special attention given to Sustainability and Arts & Culture.

The survey now consists of 50 percent Red Wing 2040 Action Team questions, with a balance of demographic questions or questions that have been asked in previous surveys.

Questions on the survey include: How would you rate the quality of life in Red Wing, what do you like most about living in Red Wing and what do you think is the most serious issue facing Red Wing today. There will be 121 questions total.

City documents state that the survey will be administered in September and results will be known in October or November.

Hispanic Heritage Festival

The Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County will host the Hispanic Heritage Festival noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 16. City Council members voted to approve the private use of public property at 1407 W. Fourth St.

"In year's past, the Hispanic celebration has been two hours long and took place during the farmers market. This year, they raised some serious money. They're taking over central park and I'm very, very proud of this organization," council member John Becker said. "There's five small businesses in Red Wing owned and operated by Latinos. They're a major player in the economy."

The event is held to showcase the arts of various Latin American cultures. This year, the schedule will include a Mariachi band, two folkloric dance groups, children's bilingual puppet show, cultural displays and food vendors.

Meeting watch

Monday's City Council lasted one hour and 14 minutes. All seven council members were present. — compiled by Kit Murray, staff writer

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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