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Public hearing on MNGL is Wednesday

Citizens will have a chance to weigh in on the future of Mississippi National Golf Links at a public open house Wednesday.

The study team that has been looking at recommendations for the future of the course will be at the meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Red Wing library Foot Room to gather citizen input before it prepares a draft report to discuss with the City Council. There will be a short presentation at 5:30 p.m.

The city hired a professional consultant team led by Jeff Schoenbauer of Schoenbauer Consulting to facilitate the information gathering and develop the report.

The team includes some City Council members and city staff, consultants from Schoenbauer and the city's financial advisors from Springsted.

The team met with local organizations, individuals and other stakeholders in Red Wing in May and will gather more public input at Wednesday's meeting, as well as discussing the process moving forward.

Attendees can provide both verbal and written comments then.

On June 27, there is a City Council workshop planned for 6 p.m. in the library Foot Room to discuss a preliminary report from the study group. The City Council has another workshop planned for July 17 to go over a draft report including recommendations.

The City Council decided in March to close the course for the season except for the driving range.

The city is minimally maintaining the course so it will be possible to reopen it for golf in future seasons.

Council members have said they want to allow enough time for the process to be thorough while also making decisions in time to put plans in place, such as if they decide to open the full course for golf next spring.

The city also still is involved in litigation over the course lease with Wendell Pittenger. A summary judgment hearing is set for October.

More information, such as the documents made available to the study group and background on the MNGL issue, can be found at

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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