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Red Wing firefighters had a busy day Friday, Feb. 23, responding to house fire and multiple medical calls. Red Wing Fire Department responded after 5 p.m. to a fire in a rental house on Sixth Street, according to a news release from Red Wing Fire Chief Shannon Draper. Heavy smoke was reported coming from the second floor.
In my first column, Youth Outreach put out the call for support from the community to help finish our kitchen renovation fundraiser strong to make it a debt-free reality (RE, Nov. 22, 2017). Not only were we able to raise the funds to complete the project, the renovation is complete! On Jan. 18, our Tower View Alternative School Independent Living Skills class had the opportunity to break-in the new kitchen with an end-of-semester breakfast celebration.
Government of, by and for the people requires keeping "the people" informed. This includes timely, vetted notification of the actions that their elected representatives intend to take, the actions they do take, the laws they change and the money they spend in the process. Every year a few misguided lawmakers seek to end the publishing of government notices in newspapers. Supporters argue that in the digital age, the practice is unnecessary.
Q: Is someone deliberately tossing nails in the streets of Red Wing? A: The Red Wing Police Department has received numerous reports of 1-inch roofing nails and construction screws being thrown in the streets around Red Wing. The first report started around October of last year and involves the following areas: Woodland, Neal, and Siewert Streets, Hi-Park and Hennings. Debris in the roadway is also reported in other areas; however the most repeat offenses are in the areas listed above.
Government agencies and related businesses will be closed Monday, Feb .19, to observe Presidents Day. The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver first-class mail. Post offices will be closed. Government offices in Goodhue and Pierce counties are closed. City of Red Wing buildings, including the library and the waste campus, are closed. Public Works crews will collect refuse and recycling one day late all week. The License Center and Workforce Center also are closed.
Christ Episcopal Church, Red Wing, will present cellist Aleks Tengesdal in a solo recital 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 18. He will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ernst Bloch and Benjamin Britten. Free and open the public, this concert is the first of four planned programs. Tengesdal, who has more than 22 years of performance experience, is also a composer and improviser. He was introduced to the cello at age 10 near Minot, N.D. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and then had a teaching assistantship at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
The United Way presents Boots for Books, sponsored by Red Wing Shoes. A $10 donation buys books for local kids and a chance to win a pair of Red Wing boots of your choice. Text BOOTS to 50503 to enter. One entry for every $10 donated.
Red Wing High School speech team placed third in the small schools division Feb. 10 at Rochester John Marshall. The Wingers competed against 21 area teams and more than 400 competitors. Individual awards for that day include: Alison Metzen:, fifth, varsity drama; lainn Hanson, fifth, novice extemp speaking; Rachel Jacobson, sixth, varsity great speeches; Grace O'Brien, fifth, varsity humorous; Marshall Laidlaw, fifth, varsity informative; and Rylan Shilts, fifth, novice prose.
Conservation officers will talk about their careers at the Wednesday, Feb. 14, meeting of TRIAD — Citizens and Law Enforcement Partnership. This free event will be held 10 a.m. at the Cannon Valley Senior Center, 120 State St. W., Cannon Falls. Brittany Hauser and Kylan Hill will share how their experiences led them to careers as conservation officers.Informal sharing of information and concerns about the Cannon Falls area will follow the presentation. TRIAD meetings are open to all, and includes students and adults.
The public is invited to the next phase of Red Wing 2040 meetings on Thursday, Feb. 8, and Tuesday, Feb. 13. Both meetings are 6:30-8 p.m. in the Red Wing Public Library Foot Room. Action Teams will begin shaping visions and action plans for their specific topics. If you haven't joined an action team yet, come and join. On Feb,. 8, the following teams are meeting: Economy; Housing; Getting Around; Environmental Resiliency; Parks, Land Use, and the Built Environment.