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The latest protests are reminiscent of the 1960s, except for the glaring fact that the '60s protests were all about being anti-establishment and anti-war. The young and idealistic protesters that populated the street marches and demonstrations are no longer with us. Via the opportunities and benefits of a college/university education no longer affordable to many Americans, those restless idealists have morphed into extremely well-coiffed models of upper middle-class success.
Never has public education been more important. From the beginning of our nation, especially through the insistence of Thomas Jefferson, we have valued an educated citizenry as essential to a democracy. When the voters do not value knowledge or carefully seek understanding, a democracy can be easily misguided by devious leaders. Not all education takes place in our schools. After graduation, all citizens become responsible for continuing their education through reading and discussion. This, I emphasize, is a responsibility laid on each and every citizen.
At the Jan. 23 city council meeting, several citizens expressed concerns regarding the proposed ash processing facility and the Xcel Waste-to-Energy trash burning facility. During the council workshop last weekend, Pubic Works Director Rick Moskwa provided the city's response: • Current emissions from the Waste-to-Energy facility are below standards set by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The current facility emits significantly fewer emissions than the coal plant it replaced.
There are many different ways that plant, insect, and disease pests can enter Minnesota. The particular method of introduction for a pest is called a pathway. This month, as folks go to the florist to get Valentine's Day arrangements, it is an appropriate time to explore the cut-flower industry. This is a potential pathway for noxious weed introduction. Most people would not think of a floral arrangement as being a possible source of a new weed infestation, but this can and does occur.
Short delays may occur as crews remove trees in areas that are part of the construction zone for the project to replace the Highway 63 Eisenhower Bridge. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the work is expected to begin Feb. 2-3, weather permitting, and should take less than one week to complete. Traffic restrictions are expected to include lane closures on Highway 61 and flagging operations on Highway 63 near Potter and Plum streets in Red Wing.
A $1.1 million renovation of Mayo Clinic Health System's emergency department in Lake City will improve patient experience as well as patient and staff safety, according to a news release. Construction will begin this summer. "Our remodeled ED will improve our capacity to care for more patients.
February is a month dedicated to the love of reading at Red Wing and Lake City public libraries. This month, both libraries will host fun and creative pioneer-life events in honor of the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder's birth. The program is designed to encourage reading for pleasure and help start a conversation. Red Wing Public Library events **All events will take place in the Foot Room of the library. Feb. 1: Pick up a free copy of "Little House in the Big Woods" at the library, while supplies last.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Goodhue County Historical Society will host Family Fun Day. The museum will have a Valentine's Day-themed afternoon, featuring crafts and activities. Exhibit halls will be open to view as well as the traveling exhibit, "New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigration to Minnesota, 1825-1925" and a new exhibit on Cherry Grove Township.
Registration for parents of children entering kindergarten this fall in Red Wing Public Schools will take place at the Colvill Family Center, 269 E. Fifth St. Parents are asked to stop in anytime between noon and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, or 8 a.m. and noon Friday, Feb. 17. The entering kindergartners must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2017. If you have a prospective kindergarten student and you did not receive a letter regarding registration, call Sharon Huppert, Sunnyside Elementary School, at 651-385-4570.
Minnesota Housing announced that $56.6 million is available to provide affordable mortgages to first-time homebuyers through a collaboration with Minnesota cities and counties, including $259,686.16 for Red Wing. Homebuyers can use these resources through the Minnesota Housing Start Up loan program, which offers fixed interest rates, down payment and closing cost loans up to $10,000 for eligible first-time homebuyers. Buyers can purchase homes in Red Wing that cost up to $255,500.