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Q: I summer in Red Wing, and one of my favorite activities is hiking, but I noticed none of the trails are marked with trail address markers. I winter in the south, and the trails in that community have 911 address-markers located on trail posts. I always bring my cellphone with me in case I fall and need help, but I am concerned if I fall in Red Wing I wouldn't be able to tell the dispatcher accurately where I am hiking. If I needed to call 911, how do I tell them where I am located?
Today, the average age of a Goodhue County employee is 45 years old and nearly one-third of our current workforce is able to retire. Evaluating these statistics and the implications of a changing workforce, Goodhue County made a conscious decision to invest time and energy into promoting an employee wellness program. It is a fact that our workforce is aging and we needed to help our employees recognize the necessity of engaging in their personal wellness. Because of this, Goodhue County created an employee-driven wellness program. This has been in place since 2004.
Large numbers of dead carp washing up on the shores of Lake Byllesby near Cannon Falls are the result of a virus that only affects common carp and koi, and are not a cause for public concern, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Goodhue County remains under an emerald ash borer quarantine more than a year after the tree-killing insect was identified in Red Wing in March 2017. Experts advise early detection and treatment measures to combat infestations. "The biggest thing is being able to determine whether you have an ash tree," said Ryan Brick of Maier Tree & Lawn. "Preventative measures are the best measures." Signs of emerald ash borer infestation in an ash tree include D-shaped holes the size of the tip of a pen, extensive woodpecker damage and splitting bark.
County website redesign goes live Goodhue County has a new website design, which launched June 21. New features and functionality will be added in the future, and many items can be found in the same location as before. The site is www.co.goodhue.mn.us . Florence mine on hold
Q: Is there anything you can do about a neighbor that continues to put out corn cobs and loose corn all over her front yard? The squirrels carry the cobs throughout the neighborhood, leaving us to pick them all up. Also, they bury kernels all over the yard and mulch and we have to dig them up as they sprout throughout.
Q: I have witnessed residents not coming to a complete stop at the intersection of West Seventh Street and Plum Street. What can be done to curb this dangerous behavior? A: This is an excellent question as June is National Safety Month.
Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman was in Red Wing on Monday, June 4, to learn from local leaders about Red Wing's successful advancement of a clean energy agenda in a rural community. Red Wing received a Minnesota Clean Energy Community Award in 2018 for its Green Wing Energy Action Plan. Red Wing also will soon receive recognition as a Step Five City by the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Program, making it one of only 10 in the state to demonstrate leadership and improvement along certain green energy metrics.
Q: I'm at the stoplight and a panhandler is holding a sign requesting money. How should I respond to the panhandler(s)? A: It is only human nature to want to help your fellow man and the words on the sign can pull at your heartstrings ("Laid off," "Homeless with child" or "Disabled Vet") but I highly recommend that you don't for the following reasons:
Q: My neighbor was walking past my home on garbage day and told me I should peel the labels from my prescription medication bottle. Should I do this? A: Yes, your neighbor is correct and you owe him/her a big thank you.Opioid prescription medication thefts are a big concern and you do not want to display anything that may indicate what you may have in your home.