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Drones users near airport will have to register Jeff Marcus, a member of the Red Wing Airport Board, gave a brief presentation on the importance of adopting a drone policy to bring the Red Wing Airport in compliance with federal regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that the drone operator must register their drone and notify any airport within a 5-mile radius of where they plan to operate the drone, he told City Council Monday night. Airports must also make it easy for drone operators to notify them about any potential activity.
With the Minnesota Legislature already in session and wrangling about health insurance rebates for thousands of families and individuals, I hope the dysfunction doesn't continue from last year when a bonding bill, tax relief and increased transportation funding failed to get final approval from the governor. The template has been set for bonding and tax relief bills, based on the legislation passed off the House floor last session. Republicans should come up with their list of bonding projects sooner than later, because waiting until the end of session is a recipe for disaster.
The proposed ash processing facility in Red Wing, which is slated for a 3.4-acre lot between Pioneer Road and Highway 61, caused several concerned citizens to come forward during Monday's City Council meeting. Mark Walsworth, a Red Wing resident, said he believes the proposed site might encroach on a sensitive archaeological area. Walsworth presented comments from the State Archaeologist's Office and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council that suggests the proposed site is too close to the Water Tank Mound site for construction to move forward.
Since the Highway 61 project was completed late last summer, the economic outlook for downtown Red Wing has been "very good and very positive," according to Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce President Patty Brown. "Among the business community, we've definitely seen an uptick in interest," Brown said. "There have been many different types of businesses, including small retail shops and larger companies, that have shown an interest in opening up shop in Red Wing."
A special chronic wasting disease 16-day deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota concluded Jan. 15 with one additional case of the disease found so far. Now, landowner shooting permits take effect in an attempt to further lower the deer population in the area and stop the disease from spreading, the Department of Natural Resources said.
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, marked a day that will go down in history, where women, men and others alike joined together to march for women's equality and respect. St. Paul authorities truly underestimated the turnout for the Women's March on Washington — Minnesota and from 9 a.m .to 3 p.m. people from all walks of life flooded the streets outside the state Capitol, resulting in numbers close to 100,000. Through the damp, chilly, 37 degree weather, the warmth of everyone's souls fueled the fire that kept the excitement at a remarkable level.
A pair of bills introduced Jan. 23 in the Minnesota Legislature would place restrictions on public spending and the use of eminent domain for passenger rail between the Twin Cities and Rochester. The legislation was authored in response to controversy surrounding the public Zip Rail project and a privately funded high-speed rail line proposed for the corridor in recent years.
Red Wing police will hold a neighborhood meeting for the East End area 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Colvill Family Center, 269 E. Fifth St. Police Chief Roger Pohlman and other police and city representatives will discuss RWPD’s Community Policing program and 2016 calls for service as well as take neighborhood concerns. A quorum of Red Wing City Council members may be present.
Lovers of what National Public Radio called "carefree indie-rock fun" may want to check out the Sheldon Theatre Jan. 28, when Bad Bad Hats comes to town. The up-and-coming Minneapolis trio performs at 7:30 p.m. on the historic Sheldon stage. "The Bad Bad Hats combine folk-pop influences with playful garage-rock styles," Sheldon spokesmen said, describing the group as "an important new voice in the current music scene."
Daisha Cecil will represent Red Wing in the Sister Cities International art contest for high school students. The first-place winner's work will be forwarded to the Young Artists and Authors Showcase in Washington, D.C., to be judged nationally with a potential grand prize of $1,000. The 2017 theme is "We're Going Places." Matea Simonson and Naomi Mewhorter had the other local winning entries. Finalists' work goes on a yearlong tour, rotating to various cities on a monthly basis.