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Government agencies and related businesses will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day, which fell on a Sunday this year. Most schools are in session, including those in Red Wing. The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver first-class mail and post offices will be closed on Monday. The License Center and Workforce Center also are closed. Government offices, including the courts, in Goodhue and Pierce counties are closed. City of Red Wing buildings, including the library, are closed.
Q: When calling 911 from a residence in Wisconsin we get answered by Red Wing 911 operators and then are transferred to Pierce County, where the reason for the call has to be explained again. One instance was a fire. Isn't there a way to communicate across the border without transferring and losing valuable time in response?
The inside lanes of Highway 61 for both directions at Carol Lane/North Service Drive will closed on Friday, Nov. 9, to allow crews to complete the permanent removal of these accesses onto the highway. Once that is done, a traffic signal system will be installed at Highway 61 and Spring Creek Ave., the city of Red Wing and Minnesota Department of Transportation said Thursday. The closure will remain in effect for approximately one week in order to complete the work.
Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to purchase Mankato Energy Center, a 760-megawatt natural gas power plant. The center is part of Southern Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. The plant currently provides power to Xcel Energy customers under a power purchase contract, Xcel said when making Tuesday's announcement.
Author Ames Sheldon will discuss many of the roles played by American women serving in France during the Great War when she speaks at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Red Wing Public Library Foot Room. She will include primary sources used in the process of doing research and read from first-hand accounts. Her award-winning novel "Eleanor's Wars" tells the story of a woman who drove an ambulance and the impact that experience had on her family over the following years. The program is free and open to the public.
The election held on Tuesday determined that Red Wing City Council will have a collection of familiar and new council members. Incumbents Becky Norton and Dean Hove won their races and will continue to serve alongside John Becker, Evan Brown and Kim Beise, council members who were not up for re-election. Laurel Stinson, who beat incumbent Ralph Rauterkus, will join the City Council in January of 2019. Erin Buss, who won the Ward 4 race and special election for Ward 4, will be seated as a council member at the next board meeting.
Cannon Falls has elected John Althoff as mayor and Mary Jill Bringgold, Bill Duncan, Steve Gesme and Matt Montgomery in two City Council elections. They are joined by Derek Lundell, who ran unopposed for in a special election for City Council. Althoff defeated opponent Lisa Wilcox-Erhardt 1,311 votes to 568 with both precinct reporting and 17 write-in votes.
Touting a greater need for fair, honest, open and secure elections, John Howe of Red Wing hopes to unseat Steve Simon, the man currently charged with overseeing elections as Minnesota secretary of state. Howe, a Republican, has held public office as mayor and a state senator. Simon, the Democrat, was elected in 2014 and served in the state House. Independent William Denney is the third person in the race. For a start, Howe said he would put the voting system security in the hands of the cybersecurity unit operated by the Minnesota National Guard.
ZUMBROTA — Artists Art Kenyon and Bridget Ertelt are front and center at Crossings at Carnegie. In conjunction with the six-week exhibit, which opened Oct. 22, there will be an artist reception 6-7:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The public will have a chance to see and purchase the art, and speak with the artists, then stay afterwards to enjoy music by Storyhill if so inclined.
Here's a list of statewide, regional and local races appearing on ballots Tuesday, Nov. 6.