Fire departments tend to be known for their heavy, noticeable equipment — massive trucks, thick overcoats and bulky oxygen tanks. The Red Wing Fire Department's newest upgrade, the LUCAS Chest Compression System, breaks that mold. It fits in a school-sized backpack, and is relatively lightweight. When in use, the LUCAS is strapped to a victim's chest and administers mechanically precise compressions to individuals in cardiac arrest.
Not many people were pleased with how the 2016 legislative session ended. No transportation bill was passed, and a bonding bill was left on the floor in the session's waning seconds, leaving sorely needed projects on hold throughout the state. Representatives and local officials are hopeful that the 2017 session concludes on a more positive, and more productive, note.
After two meetings without a resolution, the final assessments for the Main Street Reconstruction Project were approved April 10. Previously, Bob Exner of Goodyear Tire Service complained that he was not made aware of the cost increase of upgrading to a 6-inch water main, and asked council to reduce his assessment. City staff provided documentation that Exner had asked for the 6-inch main.
Sean Dowse is 100 days into his first term as mayor, the first elected office he's ever held. So, what has he learned so far? "The workload is a bit larger than I anticipated," Dowse said with a grin. "More seriously, I've realized that Red Wing is not unique in our challenges, but we are unique in our strengths." One of those became apparent in the first week of his term when the community placed second in Deluxe Corp's Small Business Revolution.
Growing up on the east end of town as the youngest of four siblings, Pastor Kristen Schlauderaff knew she wanted to get out and explore. "I couldn't wait to get out of town," said Schlauderaff, smiling. "I was ready to leave and go somewhere where everyone doesn't know who you are." For 30 years, Schlauderaff did just that, going to college out of state and to Yale Divinity School on the East Coast, before slowly making her way back to Red Wing.
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.