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Red Wing's housing crisis has a partner in crime and it's called child care bottleneck. Representatives from the YMCA presented this issue to the Port Authority during their regular meeting Dec. 5. Child Development Director Gwen Lynch and Executive Director Mike Melstad said it's an issue that's impacting the workforce and with the right resources it's something they'd be willing to tackle. "People tell me they can't find a place," Melstad said. "They want to move here but they can't find a place to live and they can't find child care."
Minnesotans now have the ability to text 911, rather than call, in case of an emergency. Text-to-911 benefits people who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing or unable to make a voice call due to safety concerns. This service is available throughout all of Minnesota's 87 counties. The Federal Communications Commission still advises that anyone who is able to make a voice call to 911 should do so, but this is a big win for disability advocates in Minnesota who wanted the service rolled out statewide, versus piecemeal by city or county, as has been the case in other states.
Bryan Sanders, representing the American Ski Jumping Association, made a funding request to the Port Authority at their regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 5. He asked that a portion of their original $50,000 pledge for the Baldy125 Olympic Entertainment Destination go towards securing a new lease that would give the ski jump a storefront and increased visibility in downtown Red Wing. The space is located at 211 Main St., on the corner of Plum Street and Highway 61 which formerly housed a travel agency.
The date for the bridge demolition on the small Highway 63 bridge over Highway 61 south of the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing has been moved to Thursday, Dec. 14, weather permitting, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of Transportation.
Anthony Shore has been performing as Elvis for 20 years but he's been a fan of the King for nearly his whole life. Shore remembers hearing Elvis for the first time at age 3. Shore's dad was no longer in the picture, but he left behind a cassette tape with the song "My Boy" on the tracklist. The music took on special significance for him then and the music of Elvis continues to inspire him today.
Red Wing startups have a new source of funding to explore thanks to angel investment group Golden Triangle Fund, LLC. After years of pursuing a fund like this, Executive Director of Red Wing Ignite Neela Molgaard said she's thrilled these investors have come together for the good of the community and to help businesses in the area.
City of Red Wing's annual Truth in Taxation meeting will be held 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, in the City Hall council chambers. The public is invited to ask questions or offer input on the city's 2018 budget before the council approves it. "What we're trying to accomplish in 2018 is one piece of a long-term plan that's part of an overall strategic plan that says, 'This is the community we want to live in and what we want to build.' The investments we're making now are very strategic to serve the city in the future," Administrator Kay Kuhlmann said.
"Snow Day" begins and ends in a small room in a small town somewhere between now and the end of civilization. The cost of ignoring global climate change has finally taken its toll and the second ice age has come. It's below freezing outside, but Wendy and Jerry Olson, played by Sara Shannon and Jeff Chalmers, are ready to warmly receive their closest friends for a tropical-themed evening of poker, drinking and conversation.
High speed internet is important for sustaining local economies, say elected officials in St. Paul, and they're ready to get rural communities up to speed. On Nov. 21, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith announced that $26 million will be invested in broadband improvement projects in greater Minnesota. "It's not fair when almost 20 percent of greater Minnesota households don't have the same high-speed internet connections as their friends and family in the cities," Smith said in a statement released last week.
Red Wing will consider leading the state toward more aggressive anti-protest laws at public meetings. The council voted 4-3 Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, to complete the draft of a disorderly conduct ordinance that could be invoked to arrest passive resistance protesters who interfere with regular meetings.