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The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announced Nov. 14 that it awarded 52 grants for a total of $311,525 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. The SEMAC region includes the counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona. In Goodhue County, Red Wing Arts received a $10,000 Arts and Cultural Heritage grant and the Zumbrota Area Arts Council received a $4,000 General Operating Support grant. The Plainview Public Library in Wabasha County received a $3,000 Small Towns/Rural Areas grant.
Minnesota State College Southeast's cyber and information security program was named by Great Value Colleges.com as the No. 1 online associates degree in network security.
School officials got the message. They are going back to the classroom in hopes of educating the public so a 2018 referendum passes. The two-part referendum the Red Wing School District proposed to the community on Tuesday, Nov. 7, failed. The district asked voters to replace the current operating levy of $811.64 per student with a levy of $1,235.64 per student. The ballot's second question sought an additional $500 per student. Question 1 failed with 53 percent to 47 percent, and 58 percent of voters rejected the additional $500 per student.
Honoring Chris Rodgers Longtime Red Wing High School social worker Chris Rodgers died Sunday, Nov. 5, after a long battle with pseudomyxoma peritonei, a rare type of cancer. Board members expressed their condolences to the Rodgers family. "Chris has touched countless lives through the work he did in the community," Board member Pam Roe said. School and community professionals will be available to meet with students and staff seeking additional support in the upcoming days and weeks. Several board members wore purple "grit" shirts designed for Rodgers.
Results in the Red Wing School District's two-part referendum are in — yes/yes. yes/no. no/no. The district asked voters to support the schools by replacing the current operating levy of $811.64 per student with a levy of $1,235.64 per student. The second question on the ballot sought an additional $500 per student to help stabilize the district's budget in the midst of years of declining enrollment. Karsten quote " xxxxx." Unofficially, X,XXX voters turned out at the polls today. XXX absentee ballots were submitted.
When polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, Red Wing voters will have decided one of three outcomes: yes/yes, yes/no or no/no. The Red Wing School District is asking residents to support the schools by replacing the current operating levy of $811.64 per student with a levy of $1,235.64 per student. A second question on the ballot seeking an additional $500 per student would help stabilize the district's budget in the midst of years of declining enrollment. As enrollment dips so does state education funding.
One year ago, Pam Roe was in the throngs of campaigning. Four seats on the Red Wing School Board were open, and Roe was one of seven candidates on the ballot. "We had a tremendous amount of fun with it," Roe said of her first campaign experience with husband Greg and children Emma, Allison and Adam. A career school social worker in several Minnesota districts and current social worker/bereavement and volunteer coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing Hospice, Roe said she felt a calling to run.
A Red Wing man was being held Friday at Goodhue County Adult Detention Center on multiple criminal sexual conduct charges. Douglas Wade Wilkins, 54, was taken into police custody on Oct. 25. According the the criminal complaint: Officers responded to a report of sexual assault the morning of Oct. 25 at an apartment on Main Street. Wilkins and an adult female were present and spoke with officers on the scene.
Returning for its eighth annual year of family fun on Saturday, Oct. 28, Trunk or Treat has a new location and a new sponsor. The Red Wing Family YMCA took over management of the event from Red Wing Downtown Main Street, and moved the Halloween event from downtown to Bay Point Park. "Our beautiful park along the river will play a good host," said Shelby Miller, Red Wing YMCA coordinator. Miller said the decision to move the Trunk or Treat to Bay Point Park will allow the downtown streets to remain open and businesses more accessible.
On Nov. 7, the Red Wing School District will ask two questions of Red Wing residents to help shore up the district's operating expenses. After making budget reductions totaling over $2.4 million during a three-year period, Red Wing School Board members spent several months reviewing budget assumptions and projections before authorizing an operating levy referendum in a July meeting. "The district is asking the community to consider providing a source of funding that will enhance the quality education our students receive," Superintendent Karsten Anderson said.