For Megan Seeland, the children and teen services librarian for the Red Wing Public Library, life has always been about getting lost in a good book. "When I was a kid, I would sneak books under my arm when my parents told me to go outside and get some exercise," said Seeland, smiling. Not originally from Red Wing, Megan went to high school in Kansas where she got her first job. "I started shelving books at my local library when I was 14," recalled Seeland. "I've never done anything else."
At the March 27 meeting, Red Wing City Council welcomed several new faces while bidding a fond farewell to a pair of dedicated public servants. First, City Council Administrator Kay Kuhlmann welcomed Dan Rogness, the city's new community development director. "Like Kay Kuhlmann, I previously worked in Prior Lake," Rogness said. "The staff there could not say enough positive things about Kay, or about the City of Red Wing. I knew that I was joining a great city, and I knew I would have a great boss."
Afton Esson, a young professional living and working in Red Wing, seems like your average twenty-something. He enjoys local trivia nights with friends, bowling and occasionally heading to the Red Wing Brewery for a pint of authentic 19th century-style ale. However, when he heads to work he does something unlike many of his peers: he focuses almost exclusively on the past. As the Archives and Library Manager at the Goodhue County Historical Society, Afton pours over old photographs and yellowed letters, dissecting documents and analyzing each item for clues about our county's past.
Recently, the Republican Eagle paid a visit to West End Liquor to chat with their famous employee, Cooper. Thankfully Kip Earney, the one in charge of West End when Cooper isn't there, was able to man the store while we spoke with the eight-year-old chocolate Labrador. RE: Hi Cooper, thank you so much for meeting with us this morning. So, Kip tells us you've been coming into work since you were six-weeks old? Cooper: That's right. I've been running the shop since I was fairly young, but I like to think I'm a natural businessdog.
The principal at Twin Bluff Middle School, Chris Palmatier, may not have grown up in Red Wing, but it is the place he calls home. Although he moved to town in 1993, Palmatier has been principal at Twin Bluff since 2010. Prior to taking the job, he worked as an administrator at Oltman Middle School in Washington County. While he enjoyed his position there, Palmatier never opted to relocate to the metro area.
Administration seeks to reorganize Red Wing City Council held a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Monday night to discuss the staff reorganization process and the National League of Cities federal action agenda. "Reorganizing the administration department is a little overdue," City Council Administrator Kay Kuhlmann said. "This efforts aims to make the backbone of city government — administration — more efficient and collaborative in nature."
Red Wing City Council Red Wing became the fourth Minnesota city to pass a resolution in support of the Convention to End Discrimination Against Women, a declaration that was passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979. Similar CEDAW resolutions have passed in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Edina, as well as 38 other cities across the country.
Red Wing City Council discussed top legislative priorities at the Feb. 27 meeting. New, small-cell technology would foster significantly faster internet speeds and improved connectivity throughout the city, but there are concerns about local control. "The current idea is that companies would have carte blanche authority to put whatever they want, wherever they want," Council member Dean Hove explained. "I want to see the technology, but we need to maintain local control on where it's installed."
Minnesota's buffer law states that all "public waters" and "public drainage ditches" need to have a natural buffer separating cultivated land and the adjacent waterway or ditch by November. Last year, the Department of Natural Resources published an online map that identifies where buffers need to be installed. Prior to the 2015 law, many counties had similar ordinances on the books but compliance and uniformity remained an issue.
Residents who lived along Lake Pepin during the 1970s and '80s might remember frequent algae blooms erupting in the water. These toxic algae blooms were the result of excess phosphorus being pumped into the Mississippi River from the metro area. Due to concerned citizen groups and stricter regulations on places such as the Pig's Eye Treatment Plant, pollution from the Twin Cities has decreased in recent decades. However, phosphorus remains a concern for the Mississippi River near Red Wing.