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Q: Is it legal to blow all your leaves from your yard into the street? A: Great question for this time of year, as the trees lose their leaves, many of our friends and neighbors will be out raking their leaves an hauling them to the compost pile at the local waste campus. There is no fee for disposal of compost — leaves and grass clippings at the waste campus.
Q: I visited my daughter at college last week and had a conversation about fake ID's. She said several of her dorm mates suggested she purchase a fake ID so she can go to the bars with them. The advice I gave my daughter was not to do this because she could get into trouble. Could you back me up with information? A: Good advice, Mom, you are right! Purchasing a fake ID OR attempting to alter you driver's license or identification card is NOT a good idea and here is why: Minnesota Statute 171.22, Unlawful Acts Relating to Driver's License:
Red Wing Fire Department invites residents to the Fire Prevention Week open house 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at 420 Plum St. Events will include learning about household fire safety, viewing firetrucks and ambulances, touring the station, visiting with firefighter paramedics and meeting Sparky the Fire Dog. Refreshments will be served.
I felt compelled to run for City Council for two reasons. One reason was that with all of the drama and resignations I was reading about it is vital that people who are willing to serve the community step up. Another, was that with the resignation of the only woman serving on the council, the only way to ensure there would be female candidates was to become one myself. There should be more women on the council.
My wife, Mary, and I chose to move to her hometown 32 years ago. We felt it was the ideal community to raise our children and now we are fortunate to be able to watch our grandchildren grow up here too. In 2003, I completed the Leadership Red Wing program which focused on the needs and volunteer opportunities within our community. That program inspired me to give back to my community through volunteering my time, first on the Planning Commission then on the City Council.
The Red Wing City Council At-large race has shaped up to be a contest between a former council member and past commissioner seeking a return to office and a newcomer to politics with Red Wing family roots. Ralph Rauterkus and Laurel Stinson emerged from a six-person primary race. Their names appear again on the Nov. 6 ballot.
For the week of Oct. 22-26, Minnesota State College Southeast will waive their $20 application fee as part of free application week for their two campuses. Free application week will be observed throughout the Minnesota State college system as well. In a news release, Chancellor of Minnesota State Devinder Malhotra said "Minnesota State offers powerful educational opportunities to anyone hoping to build a brighter future. These are key first steps on a path to outstanding programs that prepare our students for a career and for lifelong learning."
Erin Buss and Burke Murphy are running to represent Ward 4 in Red Wing. Their names appear again on the Nov. 6 ballot. The Republican Eagle asked Buss and Murphy to answer six questions.
I had attended a City Council meeting and as I looked at my elected representatives, it occurred to me that they and I had very little in common. Our population is 50 percent women and our council was not. I shared my realization with a friend and she and I started discussing what it would be like to have someone like one of us on city council: someone with children in school, a regular job, and a budget ... . I remember asking her if she could imagine a goofy mom like me running for City Council. She replied, "Yeah, actually I can. You're passionate about what happens in town. You'd be great." Her encouragement made me look at city council as a serious option.
I am a community builder — someone that shows up, participates, and contributes. In addition to the city's natural resources and historic preservation, there is another asset that makes Red Wing a vibrant and attractive place to live — a genuine commitment from residents, visible through dedicated volunteerism and engagement. I have witnessed how Red Wing benefits from citizens, and that makes me hopeful about serving this community.