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A robbery was reported Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Days Inn hotel located at 955 E. Seventh St. in Red Wing. According to the Red Wing Police Department, a call was received from a Days Inn staff member shortly after 5 a.m. reporting that an individual entered the building asking for money. The robbery is currently under investigation. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Add another new business front to downtown Red Wing's tally — the Barrel House has opened its doors again under the hand of Kevin Braa. Rebranded as 223 Barrel House, the bar looks and feels drastically different than its previous state. "I have always wanted a place of my own. It just happened a little sooner than I expected," Braa said.
Don't let the name scare you. "Urinetown, the Musical" is a must see. The Phoenix Theatre opened its production of the show Friday, June 21 on the Sheldon Theatre stage. From the curtain's first rise, it becomes clear that "Urinetown" does not fit the conventional musical mold.
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The Red Wing School Board approved authorized an operating levy referendum be put to a vote this fall. At the board meeting Monday, July 17, members discussed the pair of questions that will be on the November ballot. The referendum, if passed by voters, would revoke the current revenue authorization of $811.64 per pupil and increase it to $1,235.64. A second ballot question would ask voters to OK an additional $500-per-pupil increase to the district's general education revenue.
Rep. Barb Haley provided an update to board members on the 2017 legislative session. Haley said lawmakers will invest $1.35 billion into the state's classrooms over the next biennium. "This budget will provide a 2 percent funding increase in 2018 and 2019 to help districts keep up with inflation costs," Haley said. Haley said the state also appropriated an additional $50 million for early education programs. The reform to the state's teacher licensure program, she said, will help address the state's teacher shortage.
VIDEO: Take a look inside the ongoing construction at Twin Bluff Middle School. Kevin Johnson, Red Wing Public Schools director of buildings, grounds and technology, led Red Wing School Board members and TBMS Principal Chris Palmatier throughout the school and grounds, explaining progress on a variety of projects.
The Phoenix Theatre's summer musical production is turning some heads, courtesy of its unique name. "Urinetown, the Musical" is a winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards. A musical satire, "Urinetown" takes on the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theater itself.
WELCH — The opening of Bleu Dog Cafe is fulfilling a dream for Britton and Jenny Good. Since the two met, starting a restaurant has been a shared goal. The opportunity and timing turned out to be just right for the husband and wife, after Britton worked in fine dining kitchens coast to coast across the United States, to settle down with their young family near their native Midwestern states. "We caught it just at the right time," Jenny said.
Mayor Sean Dowse presented the GreenStep Cities step three and four awards to the citizens of Red Wing. Dowse received the awards on Red Wing's behalf at the League of Minnesota Cities annual meeting June 14-16 in Rochester. "GreenStep Cities is a free and voluntary program designed to help Minnesota cities achieve their environmental sustainability goals through the implementation of 29 best practices," Dowse said at the June 26 council meeting.