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Candidate Q&As: Red Wing City Council Wards 1-2

The Republican Eagle asked Red Wing City Council wards 1-2 candidates about a range of topics, including conflict resolution, public safety and painting on Barn Bluff. 

Find their repsonses at the links below:

Elsen: Listen, learn, then act

Stephanie Elsen

Age: 48

Address: 1502 W. Fourth St.

Website: Facebook: Steph Elsen for Red Wing City Council Wards 1 & 2

Education: B.A. education and German, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Family: son, Luke Knudsen,18 going off to college this fall. Significant other, Glenn. Parents, sister and brother and their families also live nearby. After high school, I moved away for 10 years, then back to Red Wing in 1997. Red Wing has been home for 36 years.

Occupation: Marketing manager at Red Wing Software. Red Wing Software is a nationwide developer and distributor of accounting and payroll software.

Community involvement: Vice president of the Red Wing Port Authority Board. Involved with Red Wing 2040 initiative as well as the Old West Main & Upper Harbor Renewal Advisory Committee. Active in Red Wing Ignite. Taught community education classes including: How to Use a Computer, Selling on eBay, Digital Marketing for Businesses and more. Served on Red Wing Forward committee, volunteered with Red Wing Downtown Main Street, helped plan and execute the Yuletide Villagefest event.

Hintz: Lead for common good

George Hintz

Age: 72

Address: 128 Johnson Ave.

Website: www.; Facebook: georghintzward1and2

Education: Graduate of Owatonna High School, selected courses from Minnesota Southeast Technical and business courses through trade association.

Family: Married to Rose of 51 years, two sons, one daughter-in-law and three grandchildren, all in the Red Wing area.

Occupation: Retired after 40 years of operating the Christian Book Store in downtown Red Wing. Also worked for Jostens’ Diploma Division for 34 years until the plant relocated.

Community involvement: Member of the Red Wing Chamber of Commerce and the Red Wing Seniors. Served on the Downtown Main Street Board of Directors and on the promotion committee. Selected grand marshal for the 2015 Holiday Stroll. Volunteered for three years with Every Hand Joined and the summer lunch program. Driven patients to the VA and Mayo Clinic for treatment.

Hove: Experience matters

Dean Hove

Age: 58

Address: 4149 Hwy 61


Education: Red Wing schools

Family: Married to Teresa for 37 years with three grown children and two grandchildren.

Occupation: First Student

Community involvement: Red Wing City Council member, National Guard and American Legion.