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Candidate Q&As: Red Wing City Council At-large

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

Find their responses at the links below: 

•McKinley: Question and represent

Bill McKinley

Age: 50

Address: 912 West Ave.

Facebook: Elect Bill McKinley At-Large 2018 Red Wing MN

Education: High school

Family: Married

Occupation: Warehouseman for 29.5 years with Red Wing Shoe Co. and nine years as co-owner/operator of J&R Performance Inc. Former executive board member of Teamster Local 160 before its merger with Teamster Local 120; now serves on the 120 advisory board.

Community involvement: In high school was organizer with Frontlash, a youth organization that promoted buy American and other basic union principals. Goodhue County DFL executive board over 25 years ago, president of the Bearing Burners in the 1990s.Current president of the Phantoms Motor Model Club.

•Muller: Direct, clear communicator

Alan Muller

Age: 68

Address: 1110 West Ave.

Campaign online: Alan Muller for Red Wing Council

Education: B.A. social sciences. Lots of industrial experience in chemical industry and elsewhere.

Family: my mate, Caro.l plus dog Sadie and cats Thor and Maggie

Occupation: Environmental activist/consultant

Community involvement: Neighborhood host for National Night Out. Advocate for issues at the local, state and national level regarding “frac” sand mining (Save the Bluffs), feedlot permitting, the Clean Water Act, waste management, air pollution and other issues that bear out in Red Wing (even when the public interest isn’t automatically front-and-center).

•Nelson: Prepared and committed

Christopher L. Nelson

Age: 35 years old

Address: 109 Finrud Ave.


Facebook: Christopher L. Nelson for Red Wing City Council At-Large

Education: A.A.S. in law enforcement

Family: Wife Crystal (12 years), with children: Danica (10), Jerica (8), Christian (6) and one on the way.

Occupation: Nuclear Security Protective Services

Community involvement: Red Wing Advisory Planning Commission, First Choice Clinic, Feed My Starving Children, Adopt a Highway, Habitat for Humanity and Eagle Scout.

•Rauterkus: Keeping eye on future

Ralph Rauterkus

Age: 58

Address: 454 W. Seventh St.

Campaign online: mailto:

Education: B.S. in mathematics and computer science from University of Wisconsin - River Falls.

Occupation: Director of Information Systems at Polar Semiconductor, a high-tech manufacturing firm in Bloomington, and I have been with them 34 years. I am responsible for all of the business, financial, engineering, manufacturing and customer service systems.

Family: Married to Mary (née Watson) for 38 years. Two grown children, both Red Wing High School graduates, and three grandchildren (residing in Red Wing with their parents).

Civic involvement: Former Red Wing City Council member 2009-2017 (serving as president and vice president), Red Wing Port Authority, League of Minnesota Policy Committee, Red Wing City Advisory Action Committee, Red Wing City Advisory Planning Commission (serving as commission chair), Red Wing Riverfront Trail Committee, Sheldon Theatre volunteer, Red Wing School District Finance Committee, Leadership Red Wing, High School marching band chaperone and YMCA youth coach.

•Stinson: Set the stage for progress

Laurel Stinson

Age: 39

Address: 307 E. Sixth St.

Facebook: Laurel Stinson for Red Wing City Council

Education: B.A. in theater and drama from University of Wisconsin - Madison

Family: single, the daughter of Chuck and Cathy Stinson and the oldest of three children. My sister, Dena, is a pastor in Pennsylvania; brother, Matt, is a public defender. Serving others is something we value in my family and I am very proud of them.

Occupation: After a 10-year career in professional stage and production management in Madison, Wis., and New York City, moved back to start learning the family business: growing apples. Currently work in the office at First Lutheran Church and as a backstage technician at the Sheldon Theatre.

Community involvement: Goodhue County Master Gardeners and Red Wing Singers.

•Wiech: Common-sense approach

Tony Wiech

Age: 54

Address: 1706 Central Park St.

Campaign online: NA

Education: Red Wing Central High School

Family: Spouse Tracey Wiech; daughters Amanda Windels and Ashley Gerberding; four grandchildren Madelyn, Henry, Jake and Dean.

Occupation: Sales at HD Supply White Cap, Mendota Heights.

Community involvement: Red Wing Elks Lodge 845 and Redmen Club.