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Diana Machado came to Red Wing when she was 7 years old. She doesn't remember much about her childhood in El Salvador, except for the violence and knowing that her father wasn't there. "I remember talking on the phone with him," Machado said. "My mom was left to raise my brother and I." Machado's father had come to America to get out of the house building industry in El Salvador, where his future was uncertain, and make more consistent money to help build the family's future in the U.S.
We were granted residency in New Zealand after living in the country for four years, but we had a connection in Minnesota tell us about an opportunity to pastor here in Red Wing. We visited and we loved it.
Kay Humphreys' lifelong commitment to women and girls has been recognized by the city of Red Wing; she received the 2017 Amos Owen Award for promoting and ensuring others' human rights. As a direct result of Humphreys' efforts, Red Wing adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in February 2017, nominators said. CEDAW serves as an international bill of rights for women. It was first adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979. When it passed locally this year, Red Wing became the fourth city in Minnesota to adopt this resolution.
Senior citizens are taking the stage this month to showcase their love of opera. Voices of Opera is a new initiative by the Minnesota Opera aiming to bring older singers back to the stage and show them what it's like to be an opera singer. "We have a huge range of programs for kids," said Matthew Abernathy, music director of Project Opera, the educational and training arm of the Minnesota Opera. "I figured if kids age 12 and 14 can do this, so can adults 55-plus."
The Goodhue County Board on Nov. 7 voted to approve a joint powers agreement with the St. Paul Port Authority to help facilitate clean energy loans for buildings within Goodhue County. As part of this agreement, Goodhue County is now able to apply an assessment to eligible properties that have been approved for a clean energy loan by the Minnesota Property Assessed Clean Energy Program. The proceeds of this assessment are then used to repay their loan over time.
Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County has been named Latinx organization of the year by NAVIGATE MN, a nonprofit devoted to helping Minnesota's immigrant population achieve success through higher education. The award was one of five distributed by NAVIGATE MN at its 10th annual Minnesotanxs gala and award ceremony Sept. 29, 2017. This year marks the first time that Hispanic Outreach has been recognized with a Minnesotanxs award. "This means a lot to the organization," said Williams Ortiz Arizmendi, Hispanic Outreach program and services coordinator.
Residents of Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District and Minnesota Legislative District 21 are invited to attend a forum 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at ProAct, 204 Mississippi Ave., Red Wing. This event is sponsored by The Arc Southeastern Minnesota and the conversation will focus on issues related to disability such as Medicaid, jobs, staffing, and community inclusion. Four legislators have been invited to attend but not all have confirmed: U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, Rep. Barb Haley (21A), Sen. Mike Goggin (21), and Rep. Steve Drazkowski (21B).
The community is invited to attend a free forum to learn about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy. Friends of Immigrants will present this event 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Red Wing Public Library Foot Room. Four local students will share personal stories about arriving in the U.S. as children and immigration attorney Kerry McGuire will deliver a presentation on the history, implementation, and overall policy of DACA. A question-and-answer session to follow until 8 p.m.
East Avenue is closed to all traffic between West Fifth and Sixth streets. The closure, which started Friday, Nov. 10, is expected to last two weeks, weather permitting, and will allow for necessary storm tunnel and gas line maintenance. West Fifth Street will remain open except at the intersection of East Avenue during construction, Red Wing Public Works said.
Railroads and Red Wing go way back, with freight running down the lines of the Chicago Great Western since 1905. Today those lines are owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and both freight and passenger trains can be found zooming through Red Wing, day and night. On Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Regional Rail Association hosted a breakfast to address the safety and future of of railways in Minnesota.