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Warm, savory and laid back. A cup of soup in winter is a perfect retreat from the chilly world outside. Red Wing diners are fortunate to have an overwhelming number of soup options available all across the city, and restaurants agree they're popular year long, not just after the snow falls. "People like soup, man, I don't know what to tell you," said John Flicek, head chef and co-owner at Staghead Gastropub.
Tristan English was an executive in the newspaper industry, specializing in sales and circulation, before becoming a priest eight years ago. "My life changed dramatically when I shifted from the secular world," English said. "... It took a couple years to be comfortable with that." Today, English serves as rector for Christ Episcopal Church in Red Wing. Now that he's wearing the collar full-time, he joins others in the profession who are looking to recover the "prophetic voice" of the clergy and better serve communities through social justice leadership.
Some Cannon Falls residents received an unwelcome visitor last week when Jonathon Brian Peters, impaired by a controlled substance, walked into their home with his dog and refused to leave. According to the detention order, the home's garage door had been left open following an afternoon of sledding and the service door between the garage and kitchen was unlocked. Peters used this door to gain access to the home around 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19.
A portion of Maple Street will be closed to traffic this week while city maintenance crews work to fix a leaking water valve. From 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, until Friday, Feb. 2, Maple Street will be closed between Vera and Roosevelt avenues. Lincoln Street will also be closed at Maple, but access at Roosevelt will remain open.
A vehicle that sped off the road Saturday morning has resulted in a fatal crash. According to Red Wing police, the citizen who called in the complaint at 1:11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, was able to show law enforcement the vehicle's tire tracks in a ditch near Charles Avenue and South Service Drive. From here, law enforcement found the scene of the crash located in the 3300 block of South Service Drive.
Neglect, maltreatment and emotional abuse has led to the closure of an in-home child care center located in the Burnside neighborhood of Red Wing. An order of revocation was issued to Tricia Callstrom by the Minnesota Department of Human Services on Jan. 11, 2018, which effectively revoked her license to provide family child care and foster care. Until recently, Callstrom was licensed to provide care for up to 12 children in her home.
In the 30-plus years since Red Wing City Council President Kim Beise moved to town, a few things have changed. Specifically, he said, when it comes to employment and housing. Back then he remembers looking for a home with his wife and having the option to view up to 14 homes in a day, if they wanted. "Today, I'd be lucky to find one," he said. Another change is one that's affecting communities statewide: the number of employers struggling to fill positions and retain employees.
Program attendance and circulation at the Red Wing Public Library experienced a record high in 2017. Circulation was up 3.1 percent over 2016, partly thanks to an increase in children's programming which brought out 53.8 percent more attendees to the library and resulted in more materials being checked out.
Graffiti at Barn Bluff, plans for a county drug court, concerns about a local gun range, an update on the Frederick Center and many official reports from 2017 will be addressed at the annual, intensive two-day City Council Workshop, Jan. 26-27. "We have a really good agenda for (the workshop) ... and that really sets the pace for us next year," City Council President Kim Beise said. The city's goal for 2018 is to focus on transparency and communication, and their upcoming agenda reflects this goal.
As Minnesotans manage their disappointment over the Vikings' loss last weekend, a silver lining for some is the economic impact that many out-of-town visitors will have on the region. But will the Super Bowl surplus ripple out into Red Wing? So far, signs point to no. Air traffic Due to the additional air traffic anticipated around the Super Bowl, the Federal Aviation Administration has put a reservation system in place which limits the number of aircraft that can arrive and depart from Red Wing between Friday, Feb. 2 and Monday, Feb 5.