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Erin Buss and Burke Murphy are running to represent Ward 4 in Red Wing. Their names appear again on the Nov. 6 ballot. The Republican Eagle asked Buss and Murphy to answer six questions.
I had attended a City Council meeting and as I looked at my elected representatives, it occurred to me that they and I had very little in common. Our population is 50 percent women and our council was not. I shared my realization with a friend and she and I started discussing what it would be like to have someone like one of us on city council: someone with children in school, a regular job, and a budget ... . I remember asking her if she could imagine a goofy mom like me running for City Council. She replied, "Yeah, actually I can. You're passionate about what happens in town. You'd be great." Her encouragement made me look at city council as a serious option.
I am a community builder — someone that shows up, participates, and contributes. In addition to the city's natural resources and historic preservation, there is another asset that makes Red Wing a vibrant and attractive place to live — a genuine commitment from residents, visible through dedicated volunteerism and engagement. I have witnessed how Red Wing benefits from citizens, and that makes me hopeful about serving this community.
Looking for a reason to laugh? On Sunday, the late, great Buster Keaton will grace the Sheldon Theatre's big screen. Red Wing organist Tom Erickson will accompany the silent film star's antics on the Kilgen organ with sound effects, percussion, and pipes. Selected short films will show on the hour, starting at 10 a.m. Keaton was born Oct. 4, 1895, and became a famous American actor, comedian, director, producer and screenwriter. He was best known for combining comedy with extraordinary physical feats.
Q: I have noticed a couple of vehicles in town not displaying a front license plate. Is this a requirement or is it optional? A: Thank you for this question, the short answer and good rule of thumb to follow, is if the state of issuance provides you with two plates, then you are required to mount both plates to the vehicle assigned. Plates must be mounted on the outermost edge of the vehicle, NOT placed in the windshield of the vehicle!
Stephanie Elsen and Dean Hove are running to represent combined Wards 1 and 2 in Red Wing. Hove, the incumbent and currently the City Council vice president, and Elsen emerged from a three-way primary contest and their names appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. The Republican Eagle asked both candidates to answer six questions. Here are their responses. There are four City Council races. Candidate responses for Ward 3, Ward 4 and At-large will appear in future editions.
Having seen the recent discord on the City Council, I feel that fresh faces and new ideas are needed to move Red Wing forward. That is why I decided to run and am committed to working on fixing things, solving problems and moving Red Wing forward.
I ran to represent my neighbors on our City Council with a vision for change and a mission to work with residents to improve their lives. My goal was to bring back citizen choice and self-determination by truly listening. The partnership we began in 2003 has produced amazing results. Together, we introduced a culture of cooperative, responsive government guided by principles of fairness, respect, and responsibility. We set Red Wing on a common-sense path of low taxes, wise spending, and strong public safety that sparked investment and became the foundation of today's prosperity.
I have been passionate about community service since I can remember. Recently, I have been increasing my community involvement, working for our community. A few individuals approached me about the Ward 3 vacancy, and I started to consider if this was the opportunity I was looking for. I decided to run because I care about Red Wing, and know I bring a fresh perspective focused on looking at information, considering it from various angles, working toward consensus to make decisions that work for our city.
Safe streets. Affordable housing for seniors, new families as well as employers and managers who are trying to maintain a work force. The need for taxing and spending control. The 2013 city property tax levy was $14,574,823. Four years later the levy is $23,205,223. That is a 62 percent tax increase in four years.