For decades, Red Wing has worked to increase the amounts of garbage burned in the city, subjecting residents to increased air pollution and millions in costs, without an offsetting benefit. As part of this, the city is now smelling victory in a scheme to force all the garbage generated in Goodhue County to be "processed" (ground up) by the city, with most then burned in Xcel's old converted 1940s coal plant on Fifth Street.
All of us in the Red Wing community owes a huge thanks to the Red Wing Public Works staff for the fantastic job they did to clean up the recent storm damage. Additional thanks is owed to the Sentence to Serve and Red Wing reformatory's ICWC. Both groups work very hard in support of the Public Works staff. Thanks again to you all. Jackie & Ron Schiemann Red Wing
Throughout the year, 4-H youth select project areas that reflect personals interest and pursue hands-on learning that is both self-directed and guided by adult volunteers. The results of their learning are exhibited at county fairs across the state. A collection of the best exhibits from each county fair is then brought to the Minnesota State Fair 4-H Building.
Fall tends to signal the winding down of road construction projects in our region, but work on the Red Wing Bridge continues strong. You've likely seen the piers rising and bridge beams being placed, which gives our new bridge a much more prominent visual presence. It's going to continue into winter.
Increasingly, Minnesota farmers are being challenged to make a profit growing soybeans and corn while simultaneously, making our rivers and lakes cleaner. This is a tall order for any business, especially one that has to deal with the whims of 100-year rainstorms or mid-summer droughts.
In 2018 the Minnesota Legislature approved $28.1 million in bond funds to the Department of Human Services to establish new regional mental health centers. This is something Goodhue County along with other Minnesota counties has seen as a great need and all 87 counties supported building and improving mental health services and availability around the state.
It's been gratifying to see the progress our society has made to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. I expect opportunities for employment, independent living and community involvement to continue to increase. There are many reasons for this, but one that's worth noting is the role of direct-support professionals. These are caring people who work hard to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals. They make their lives better in many ways. ProAct employs more than 100 direct support professionals across its six locations.
So much is said about a woman's need to make her own choice about continuing or ending a pregnancy. However, there is an influencing factor to that choice which is typically overlooked: coercion. Is it really a "choice" if she is being bullied, harassed, intimidated or even threatened to have an abortion?
If you live or work along the Cannon River from Shield's Lake to Waterville to Northfield and Lake Byllesby, you might have noticed that the river is green and murky. The green color and odor comes from algae, an aquatic plant-like organism that lives in our lakes and rivers. Healthy rivers and lakes all have some green algae in them, but the water remains mostly clear and colorless.
An artist is sought to lead a public art project telling the complicated and diverse story of Barn Bluff. The city of Red Wing and Live Healthy Red Wing are organizing "If This Bluff Could Talk," a project that will collect and express the diverse local stories and connections people have to He Mni Can.