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.
Red Wing City Council, staff, Port Authority board members and representatives from the Saint Paul Port Authority convened at a workshop Monday, Feb. 6, at the Red Wing Public Library to discuss development criteria for the Highways 61 and 19 property, now referred to as the Gateway Business Park. After a 90-minute workshop, council members reached a consensus on job and sustainability criteria for the property. City Council will vote whether to approve the criteria Monday, Feb. 13.
In 2017, the Red Wing Fire Department changed their career firefighters' weekly schedule for the first time since 1973. The new schedule has firefighters working 48 hours, followed by 96 hours off. Previously, firefighters would alternate 24 hours on and off for five days, followed by 96 hours off. Peter Hanlin, a lieutenant with the department and president of the local firefighter union, offered insight into the change.
In 1989, Sean Dowse moved downriver from Minneapolis to lead the Sheldon Theatre. Now in 2017, he looks forward to leading the city that has become his home. "To me, it's a natural transition. The Sheldon has a foot in both the public and private worlds, so I'm comfortable working with a variety of interests towards a common goal," Red Wing's new mayor said. Dowse explained how his background in the arts has prepared him for his new role, and he expressed optimism for Red Wing's future.
No. 10 After six months of discussion, Red Wing City Council agreed Dec. 12 to contract the St. Paul Port Authority to broker the sale of the former Central Research Laboratory site. The unanimous vote gave the SPPA "the exclusive right to negotiate a transaction" for the property, and gives the city of Red Wing access to a variety of expertise and services throughout the sale.