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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.
I congratulate the local Redmen Club (aka Sons of Liberty) and its counterpart Pocahontas on another year of community involvement. In true community spirit, they have helped many youth groups, people in need, veterans groups and have provided funds to national Alzheimer's research. It makes me proud to be a member of an organization that does so many wonderful things. We are the oldest patriotic group in this great country and are always looking for people to join us and continue the tradition of community. Charles Kienlen
The city of Red Wing will close the Riverfront Trail between the gates at the Red Wing Grain elevators beginning Monday, Jan. 23, and reopen around Feb. 27. The closure is occurring due to construction work on the Red Wing Grain elevators requiring cranes to be in operation between the facility and the river. The trail closure is needed to keep the public safe during these construction operations, officials said.
Red Wing Public School students got Martin Luther King Jr. Day off after all — part of it, anyway — courtesy of Monday's ice storm. A year ago, School Board member Arlen Diercks argued that the 2016-17 academic calendar should treat federal holidays as no-school days. "We should be promoting Martin Luther King Day the day before we take it off and we should be honoring it," he said during the debate.