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Red Wing Shoe Co. has been handcrafting boots that endure, perform and save lives since 1905. Fans of the brand have been sharing their stories with the company since then and Bryce Wernsman, director of marketing, said the archives are filled with used boots and handwritten letters that define what it means to work.
Township leaders will face little opposition as their constituents head to the polls on Tuesday, March 13. Out of 21 townships in Goodhue County, 18 will host elections that evening and just two of those races are contested. In Warsaw Township, Darla Frandup and Pam Enfield are vying for the position of clerk, and in Welch Township, incumbent Ken Sligsby will face off against Lisa Peine for clerk.
An anonymous tip led to three drug-related arrests for persons living at a house on East Seventh Street across from Colvill Park. Heidi Jean Rietmann, 34, Gary Ross Gilbertson, 51, and Scott Allen Rietmann, 49, were taken into police custody Friday, March 2, after a search presented evidence of methamphetamine use and distribution. According to the criminal complaint:
Red Wing Ignite kicked off a new chapter in its five-year history by branding a new outreach effort called "Ignite Minnesota" on Feb. 27. After recently being named a Smart Gigabit Community by US Ignite, and becoming the first rural community to join this international network, Red Wing Ignite has spun that energy into the Ignite Minnesota effort.
The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. have helped girls develop the confidence and skills to become entrepreneuring, independent young women for over 100 years. Each summer the youngest set, called Brownies, develops friendships and plants gardens while the older scouts go camping, conduct science experiments and volunteer.
Succession planning has been on the mind of Council Administrator Kay Kuhlman for a while Two years ago, an internal study revealed that a third of the city's staff were due to retire within 10 years. Looking at the top 12 leadership positions, Kuhlman estimates that about 50 percent of those employees will retire in five to seven years. "It's a really quick turn around," Kuhlman said. "And a city our size, that's kind of hard because it's hard to find people."
At noon on Saturday, Feb. 24, the City of Red Wing issued a two-day snow emergency. By 10 a.m. the next day, the streets were cleared and the second day was cancelled. "Great job on the snow removal," said City Council President Kim Beise publicly to Public Works Director Rick Moskwa at the council meeting Feb. 26. "Boy, I'll tell you I got a lot of compliments on that, tons, for the last two," agreed council member Dean Hove. "Some people that left town said they didn't hit good roads until they got into Red Wing. Now that's a good compliment."
Scott Jones, representing the Jones Foundation, presented his unique vision for Central Park to Red Wing City Council members at their regular meeting Feb. 26. "We call Central Park the community's living room," Jones said, and he proceeded to unveil the foundation's plans to add lighting enhancements to the park. The Jones Foundation would like to offer the lighting as a gift to the city, which would then be installed and maintained by Public Works. The lighting will help make a statement about one of Red Wing's most historic places.
Wealth in Red Wing is on the downslide and more people are living in poverty than ever before. The city's struggle to recover from the 2007 recession was recently documented in the pages of the Red Wing 2017 Report Card, and city officials are still working to stimulate the local economy and reverse those trends. But what about those living in poverty now whose fortunes may never change? How can the system improve to make services better for the working poor?
Marilyn Ryan, a 73-year-old Red Wing resident, was struck by a car while crossings the street on Feb. 15. Ryan was crossing the 400 block of Plum Strett when a vehicle driven by Red Wing resident William Littleton, 35, hit her. A call to police reporting the incident was made at 7 p.m. and paramedics from the Fire Department checked out the scene. The Minnesota State Patrol is not conducting an investigation of this incident.