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The word is in: Red Wing narrowly missed winning the Small Business Revolution’s $500,000 downtown revitalization contest. Following a week of energetic campaigning for online votes, a video announcement made Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the Small Business Revolution’s Facebook page declared Bristol Borough, Pa., the winning city.
After a week of fervent online voting, the half-million-dollar Small Business Revolution contest came to a close Thursday, Feb. 16. Red Wing was one of five finalists, whittled from a list of 14,000 cities across the country. The winner will be announced Wednesday, Feb. 22. Red Wing moved into first place for the $500,000 prize as of an update Wednesday, the last official standing before the voting closed.
Red Wing was ranked in second place in the Small Business Revolution voting in an update provided Sunday evening. Contest organizers said over 156,000 votes have been cast since the online polls opened Thursday morning. At the time of the update, Red Wing was in second place, approximately 4,500 votes behind Bristol Borough, Pa.
Following the trend of multiple years past, a financial institution was voted the Employment Service, Financial, Insurance, Legal & Real Estate Business of the Year at the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce's annual award banquet. Winner for the first time, Red Wing Credit Union received comments of praise on nomination forms including "Exemplary service," and "Exceptional community service." Red Wing Credit Union President Aaron DeJong said the award was humbling for himself and staff.
Let the voting frenzy begin. Red Wing was announced as one of five finalists for the Small Business Revolution $500,000 revitalization competition. Red Wing, along with Bristol Borough, Pa., Georgetown, S.C., Kingsburg, Calif., and North Adams, Mass., were named finalists Thursday morning, out of nearly 14,000 nominations.
Red Wing School Board unanimously approved a bid for the rehabilitation of the tennis courts at Twin Bluff Middle School. Kevin Johnson, buildings, grounds and technology director, stressed that they are part of the district's long-range facilities maintenance plan, not part of the building referendum.
Red Wing School Board Red Wing students will receive an additional day of summer vacation before beginning the 2017-18 academic year. At Monday evening's meeting, Red Wing School Board set the next school year to start Wednesday, Sept. 6, instead of the traditional Tuesday after Labor Day. Superintendent Karsten Anderson said the change is due to building projects scheduled over the summer break. "We want to give our middle school teachers one day after Labor Day to set up their classrooms," Anderson said.
Red Wing was announced as one of five finalist for the Small Business Revolution $500,000 revitalization competition. Red Wing, along with Bristol Borough, Pa., Georgetown, S.C., Kingsburg, Calif., and North Adams, Mass. were named finalists Thursday morning out of nearly 14,000 nominations. Voting is open now through Feb. 16. Votes can be cast every hour on multiple devices and web browsers. Vote here
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's "Minnesota Morning" featured breakfast pastries from Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop last week. Owner Bill Hanisch said he got an order from Klobuchar's team last Tuesday for Thursday's event. "We sent Senator Klobuchar apple and cherry turnovers and three different varieties of scones," Hanisch said. The pastries were shipped overnight, all individually wrapped, packaged in small boxes, then bubble-wrapped and put into larger boxes, Hanisch described. "It's not the first time we've sent her stuff," he said.
The historic theatre that has housed decades of applause is itself receiving an ovation. The Sheldon Theatre was named the 2016 Arts & Entertainment, Lodging, Recreation & Tourism Business of the Year by Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce members at the Jan. 30 annual meeting and awards banquet. Sheldon Theatre Executive Director Bonnie Schock said the business award was extra-meaningful for a nonprofit arts organization.