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Red Wing Downtown Main Street will partner with the University of Minnesota Extension Service Tourism Center to measure the economic impact of the 2017 Holiday Stroll. Teams from both groups will gather information from a sample of 200-plus guests and businesses at the 2017 Holiday Stroll, examining attendee purchasing habits, programming preferences and overall demographics. The University of Minnesota Tourism Center then will analyze the findings.
My first session was quite a whirlwind. I learned a lot about the process of government and met some great people. Despite our disagreements about policy, everyone who works at the Capitol — Republicans, Democrats, House members, senators, partisan and nonpartisan staff — is here because they want to do what's right for the people of Minnesota.
State Rep. Barb Haley will hold a series of town hall meetings and in-district office hours — all open to the public — to discuss the 2017 legislative session. Meeting times and locations are: • Lake City: Town hall with Sen. Mike Goggin, 8-9 a.m. Monday, June 5, at Lake City Council Chambers, 205 W. Center St. • Goodhue: Town hall with Sen. Mike Goggin and Rep. Steve Drazkowski, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Goodhue Council Chambers, 405 Broadway St. N.
The Sheldon Theatre's 2017-18 season, unveiled to the community Wednesday, May 24, is an eclectic blend of events aimed at a diverse audience. The need for a wide range of programming to serve the greater Red Wing community is clear, Executive Director Bonnie Schock said. "There is broad interest and passionate interest in really different things," she explained. "There is no one Red Wing or regional audience."
Details about Sheldon Theatre events can be found on the new website, which launched Wednesday, May 24. The address stayed the same, www.sheldontheatre.org , but Executive Director Bonnie Schock said it will be easier to find shows and navigate the website. Brochures about the season went in the mail this week; anyone who did not receive one can stop at the box office and pick one up, or call and ask to have one mailed. The box office is open Wednesday through Sunday afternoons.
Motorists on Highway 56 at Kenyon will be detoured beginning Tuesday, May 30, for approximately three days while excavation work takes place to remove underground construction debris from a bridge replacement work zone, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Construction crews are replacing the bridge north of Kenyon at the north fork of the Zumbro River, as well as the bridge south of Stanton at Prairie Creek.
All across our state, families gather each Memorial Day to remember those members of our military we've lost. It's a time to reflect on how we honor these fallen heroes and how to best treat those heroes still with us. This year marks the 100th anniversary of our nation entering World War I. It was a war that thousands of Minnesotans had a part in — Minnesotans like Sgt. Louis Cukela.
It hurts my heart to read that our Hispanic immigrant children are being heckled or bullied by their fellow schoolmates in Red Wing (RE, May 17, 2017). Hopefully, immigrant children — and all students for that matter — are being taught that immigration is an important and complex issue for all Americans and that while there are disagreements about policy, Americans by and large do not hate our immigrant neighbors whether they are documented or undocumented.
Government agencies and related businesses will be closed Monday, May 29, to observe Memorial Day. The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver first-class mail and post offices will be closed. The License Center and Workforce Center also are closed. Government offices, including the courts, in Goodhue and Pierce counties are closed. City of Red Wing buildings, including the library, are closed, and Public Works crews will collect refuse and recycling one day late all week. Schools will not be in session.
Rylee Main, executive director of the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance, updated Red Wing City Council on efforts to reduce sediments in upper Lake Pepin. The process to develop a feasibility study will begin June 5. The study will determine the scope and anticipated cost of the entire project, which will most likely include creating islands from dredged material and other intensive measures.