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"It is very sad to be driven out of your home and try to adjust elsewhere. Being with my family saved me. If I had been ripped apart from my mother at the border, I'm not sure my mother or I could have survived that," Williams Ortiz Arizmendi told the Red Wing City Council on Monday, Dec. 10.
Retired Red Wing Fire Department Chief Tom Schneider died unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 8. He was 55. Schneider began as a volunteer firefighter in Red Wing in 1984. In June of 2008, the City Council unanimously voted to appoint him chief following the retirement of Mike Amendolar and a brief stint as interim chief. The Republican Eagle reported in 2008 that before becoming fire chief, Schneider had filled numerous roles in the department, including captain, paramedic, public educator, code enforcer and arson investigator.
The walls of Red Wing City Hall's main lobby are currently covered in photos of community members. The exhibit, "I, too, am Red Wing," is a collaboration between Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County, the Red Wing community, photographer Chap Achen and volunteer Diane Aisnbrey.
"We've got to really think hard, gentlemen, about the money we're spending, because somebody has to cough it up. And that is serious." Russ Foss, of Kenyon, spoke during the public comment section of the Truth-in-Taxation meeting for Goodhue County on Dec. 6. The county would pass a $35,963,370 levy, an increase of $2,963,370 or nearly 9 percent from 2018's levy, leaving community members like Foss unhappy.
Red Wing City Council was split Monday, Dec. 3 when trying to decide whether to approve the proposed 2019 tax levy. It passed 4-3.
Aaron Moen has been doing art since he was a child growing up in Hastings, watching his father paint impressionistic landscapes. At 21, Moen created a business that paints building exteriors. In the cold months when no one wants to be outside, Moen works on his own paintings of animals and landscapes. Now, Moen's winter hobby is on display at the Hastings Art Center. The majority of the subjects in Moen's paintings focus on Minnesota scenes and animals: a squirrel, Split Rock Lighthouse and water rushing over rocks at Jay Cooke State Park.
The holidays don't always go as planned. In fact usually, they don't. In "Inspecting Carol," a troupe of actors has to face a variety of obstacles to get the classic "A Christmas Carol" ready to be performed in four days. Director Zorah Bloch, played by Julie Martin, has a Scrooge who keeps improvising and trying new things — including performing scenes in Spanish — a Tiny Tim who is not-so tiny, a Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future who does not know any of his lines, and a theater that is about to go bankrupt due to not receiving a federal arts grant.
Whether you want to stay close to home or go on a mini adventure with the family, here are 10 things that you can do to get in the holiday spirit this December. Events vary from snacks with Santa to Victorian teas so everyone can find something that they enjoy.
Voices and instruments are being warmed up for the annual Red Wing Singers holiday concert. At 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, the choir will take the Church of St. Joseph's stage with Red Wing High School's Ovation. The two choirs will take turns performing and singing together. Bill Foot, the director of the Red Wing Singers, explained that the choirs will be accompanied by a variety of instruments, including a harp, flute, oboe and strings.
Red Wing residents are getting a new neighbor: A 1.3-million-bushel bin. Red Wing Grain realized that it was outgrowing the bunker and current 1.3-million-bushel bin on Cannon Bottom Road and the storage in downtown Red Wing. So, manager Jim Larson requested a conditional-use permit to install a second bin on the company's property on Cannon Bottom Road.