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As the days begin to get shorter, one street in Red Wing will have more light. City Council approved a pilot program for brighter street lighting during its June 24 meeting. The light fixtures on East Fifth Street, from Bluff to Centennial streets, will be upgraded to increase their lumens, or the amount of light emitted. Council member Laurel Stinson said she has heard numerous requests for better lighting throughout Red Wing.
Phoenix Theatre is tackling a well-known, well-loved and very technically challenging musical for its summer production: "Into the Woods." For those unfamiliar with this show, it follows a cast of fairy tale characters (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, etc.) as their stories unfold and blend together. The second act follows the same characters after they have received their "happily ever-afters" and what they thought were their greatest wishes.
After four hours of discussion and public comments, the Red Wing Advisory Planning Commission approved advancement of Global Mercantile & Associates's conditional-use permit request to convert the old St. John's Hospital into apartment units. The vote was 5-2. The City Council will take up the recommendation at 6 p.m. Monday, July 22.
National news outlets reported last week that President Donald Trump said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement will increase deportations after the Fourth of July. This declaration came about a week after Trump delayed the deportation increase that he had previously announced. While Red Wing is about 1,000 miles from Washington, D.C., the impact of deportation threats can be felt here. "Definitely has an impact, I think, on everybody," stated Lucy Richardson, the executive director of Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County.
Goodhue County's Adult Detention Center will soon see updates to its vending services — banking software, phone services, debit cards, credit card transactions and vending machines — as it transitions from working with multiple venders to TurnKey, which provides all of the above services. Working with TurnKey also will lead to more technology made available to inmates. Technology will include access to emails, texting and virtual visitation.
Summer is the time for slow days, vacations and enjoying life outdoors during the months that don't come with snow and ice. During these days, people in the Hiawatha Valley spend time in and around Lake Pepin: sailing, watching the waves from beaches in Lake City, and camping along the lake in Stockholm, Wis.. While traveling around the Driftless Region, maybe take some time to visit the art galleries that are one of the things that make this pocket of Minnesota and Wisconsin unique. Secret Heart Gallery Maiden Rock
As the daughter of a music teacher and a band member, Kat Perkins grew up surrounded by music. "I just always knew that I wanted to be in music," said Perkins, who is now a full-time singer-songwriter and motivational speaker. Perkins is one of three headliners for the annual Rolling River Music Festival, which will begin 5 p.m. July 13 in Red Wing's Central Park.
Lou Chicquette was newly graduated from high school when Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941. "We people who were of that age knew that we would be somehow involved if it came to a war, and of course it did. And so I enlisted in the summer, probably July of '42; Army Air Corp." When Chicquette enlisted he passed the physical and written tests but, due to the large number of men enlisting at the same time, Chicquette was told that he would hear back from the Army Air Corp at a later date.
Five free business workshops will be offered to the public starting July 11. Red Wing Port Authority and Small Business Development Center will present a series of workshops during the second Tuesday of the month in July through November. Mark Thein, who works with the SBDC, appeared before the Port Authority Board in June to talk about the services SBDC offers to entrepreneurs such as help developing a business plan. The organization also works to provide "those start-up steps that entrepreneurs might not always know about."
"This is an opportunity for us to learn from you," Christopher Channing, Goodhue County's district court administrator, told those gathered in Prairie Island's community center Thursday. The First Judicial District Committee for Equality and Justice held a community dialogue at the community center for residents of Goodhue County and Prairie Island Tribal Community. Those in attendance were encouraged to ask questions about the judicial branch and give suggestions for how the courts and communities can better work together.