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On Nov. 7, the Red Wing School District will ask two questions of Red Wing residents to help shore up the district's operating expenses. After making budget reductions totaling over $2.4 million during a three-year period, Red Wing School Board members spent several months reviewing budget assumptions and projections before authorizing an operating levy referendum in a July meeting. "The district is asking the community to consider providing a source of funding that will enhance the quality education our students receive," Superintendent Karsten Anderson said.
The completion of the roundabout at Pioneer and Twin Bluff roads August came just in time as Red Wing students began the 2017 school year. The project played well into the school district's summer construction at Twin Bluff Middle School. "We are grateful for the city's work," Superintendent Karsten Anderson said. "The roundabout near Twin Bluff has greatly benefited students, parents and the school district." Bus route timing has also seen a positive impact from the roundabout.
The Red Wing homecoming parade has been cancelled due to rain. A statement from the school district said after considering the ramifications of the weather forecast at the time of the parade, the decision was been made to cancel. Red Wing High School students still enjoyed the annual pep fest this morning. The Red Wing varisty football game is still scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Russ Cougar Marshall Field.
In addition to celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Uffda Shop recently noted an additional festdag. The Minnesota Retailers Association announced the winners of the 2017 Minnesota's Retail Champion Awards in September. The Uffda Shop won for best customer experience. Association President Bruce Nustad said the Uffda Shop's nomination came from within the Red Wing community by a peer organization.
Have you happened to see a person walking across the pedestrian bridge at A.P. Anderson Park waving the American flag? Many have. For the past two Monday afternoons, Melody Black of Red Wing has paced the bridge with a American flag. Her message is simple. "I want everyone to be proud to be an American," she said. Black comes from a family of multiple generations that served in the United States military.
Red Wing High School seniors Carly Boisen and Willie Meacham were crowned homecoming queen and king at Monday afternoon's coronation. The coronation kicked off homecoming week at RWHS.
In the days following a devastating house fire, Jim Nelson and Nancy Shoemake were reminded why they chose the Red Wing area as the location to build their dream home. "It's the people," Nelson said. "The people are good and honest. This is a community."
The ACT recently released results showing that Red Wing students who graduated in 2017 exceeded state averages on each test. The composite score for the class of 2017 students was 22, compared to the state average of 21.5. Known as the most widely used college entrance exam in the United States, the ACT includes curriculum-based tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Tests are designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework.
A new Red Wing business is aiming to help shoppers with a formal dress code to follow. P.S. I Love U, a formal wear boutique, opened in August in the historic pottery district on Old West Main Street. Store manager Cassidy Smith said the idea came from her recent wedding and two younger sisters' homecoming and prom dances. "To shop for dresses, we had to either drive to the Twin Cities or Rochester," Smith said.
For Chan Sarin of Cambodia, Red Wing served as his first experience in the United States. Disability Support International, a nonprofit organization founded in 2016, welcomed Sarin for a week of observation, discussions and learning. Based in Red Wing, DSI was created by several special education professionals, including Jennie Wendland and her husband, Mick, who hosted Sarin for the week.