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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.
Becky Norton and Ted Seifert are running to represent Ward 3 in Red Wing. Norton technically is the incumbent, having won the special election held Aug. 14, which also was primary election day. She is completing that term through Jan. 8. Seifert also ran in the special election. Their names appear again on the Nov. 6 ballot. The Republican Eagle asked both candidates to answer six questions. Here are their responses.
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.
Goodhue County Horticultural Society will present "How to Refresh Your Landscape" 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at First Presbyterian Church, 503 W. Sixth St., Red Wing. Presenter Heidi Brosseau will explain landscape redesign — from changing out a few plants to redoing an entire space. Brosseau is the landscape designer at Knecht's Nurseries and Landscaping of Northfield. The event is free and open to the public. Please enter the church through the doors under the carport on the West Avenue side of the building.
The Goodhue County Fair Board annual meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the 4-H Building on the Goodhue County Fairgrounds, Zumbrota. Election of five directors and the annual report are on the agenda. The Goodhue County Agricultural Society & Mechanics Institute, aka Fair Board, is responsible for the fair and the grounds.
Motorists are expected to experience brief traffic delays on Highways 63 and 61 near the Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge in Red Wing very early Tuesday morning — midnight to 4 a.m. Oct. 9 — as crews move equipment, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. Delays should not exceed 15 minutes during the overnight hours. Flaggers will stop traffic in both directions of Highway 63 and 61 while the equipment is being moved across the highways.
The Red Wing Fire Department is currently in the process of having the concrete in front of the fire station redone.The concrete had been poured this week, but did not meet Accessible Design regulations due to an incorrect angle of the slope leading up to the firehouse. According to Rick Moskwa of Red Wing Public Works, the city, general contractor and design and engineering team are working together to fix the problem. It is not yet known if replacing the apron to the street for a second time will cost the city money.