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A committee comprising local individuals is working to rename the new Eisenhower Bridge being built in Red Wing as the "Bridge of Valor" in honor of veterans.
Red Wing City Council members, staff and community members gathered at the Red Wing Library on Monday, March 18, for the first session on the city's 10-Year Plan. Residents were able to place Post-it Notes on the plan's outline to make comments and suggestions. There was also time to ask questions and share thoughts. Topics raised ranged from including more seating so that older residents have a place to sit while on a walk, to protecting the city's flora and fauna and helping the pollinators among us.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig brought Collin Peterson, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, to a Red Wing farm on Friday, March 15. The focus was to discuss the farm bill that was passed in late 2018 and how it will affect local farmers. The event was held in a large machinery shed; everything was cleared out but a couple of red tractors used at a backdrop as the two spoke and took questions from those gathered.
"I really like serving our town, really anyway I can, because this town has given me so many opportunities," said high school senior Cayanne Korder. Korder and sophomore Alainn Hanson have been working with Mayor Sean Dowse and Red Wing's administrative business director, Marshall Hallock, for about a year to create a youth council. On Monday, March 11, the City Council unanimously voted for the creation of a youth council. The process began when Korder and Hanson traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the youth portion of the National League of Cities.
Now that Red Wing's 2040 Plan has been passed by the City Council, the implementation process has begun with the drafting of a different document: the 10-Year Strategic Plan. The idea is that this plan will help the city and community members begin to take steps toward implementing the goals laid out in the 2040 Plan. The 10-year plan highlights areas of focus and ways that goals can be achieved. For example, one area of focus is to "work so everyone has a safe, affordable, healthy place to live." Steps to accomplish this include: • Reusing and renovating buildings.
Minnesota’s townships will hold their annual elections on Tuesday, March 12. Those running in Goodhue County will face little opposition as only two races are contested: Andy Huneke and Tim Mack are both running for supervisor in Roscoe. Kathy Shay and Hannah Regenscheid are running for supervisor in Stanton. Below are the rest of the townships holding elections on Tuesday and each municipalities’ candidates: Belle Creek
The Great River Rail Commission has a simple goal: install a second train to run between Chicago and the Twin Cities. However, a lot more goes into adding another passenger train than simply putting it on the tracks. The Commission, which began as the "Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission," has been working to improve train transportation between the two Midwest metro areas for a decade. After numerous stalls, the second train is slowly getting closer to becoming a reality. The Goodhue County Board voted on Tuesday, March 5, to inform Gov.
Xcel Energy recently announced a new incentive to help low-income individuals and families go solar. That produced mixed reactions from local leaders. According to the Minnesota Commerce Department, members of this program who install a 4-Kw system will "receive an $8,000 upfront payment. With the annual production incentives and some tax incentives, the system could pay for itself in several years." The $8,000 of an upfront payment would cover about half of the system, meaning that the individual or family would have to invest another $8,000 of their own money.
Soon, residents will be able to toss their recyclables just as easily as their trash. The League of Women Voters hosted an event about recycling on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The focus of the event was to inform Red Wing residents about the change in recycling that will be coming to town. Currently, as most people know, recycling needs to be sorted for curbside collection: plastic with plastic, glass with glass, paper with paper, etc. Sometime this year, everything can be mixed together in one, large cart.
When Angie Craig ran to represent Minnesota 2nd Congressional District, she made a promise: she would host a town hall event every month to hear from and talk with constituents. The town hall that Craig held at the River Bluff Education Center on Saturday, Feb. 23, was her second since being sworn into office in January. The meeting place was nearly filled to capacity despite an looming storm. She said she thought about holding the event outside, but decided that residents probably would not want to stand in the snow banks for over an hour.