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CANNON FALLS — In less time than it takes to hit every ride on midway, Goodhue County commissioners conducted their July 2 meeting at the Cannon Valley Fair. Holding a short meeting at this fair as well as the county fair in Zumbrota has become a board tradition. These out-county sessions bring commissioners to the people rather than having citizens make the trek to Red Wing.
Randal Hemmerlin, executive director of the Red Wing Housing & Redevelopment Authority, has received the 2018 Outstanding Advocacy Award from the Minnesota Housing Partnership. Hemmerlin was recognized for his pioneering efforts on the Affordable Housing Trust Fund in Red Wing and advocating for Local Housing Trust Funds throughout the state of Minnesota.
Three boards and commissions were tasked with making a recommendation to the City Council regarding graffiti Barn Bluff. Specifically, on whether the city should permit the prominent display of graffiti which is visible from town. On Monday, June 25, the council reviewed the groups' final recommendations and made plans for the future. The general consensus: No more painting the bluff. History
Treasure Island has revamped its amphitheater space with more amenities, comforts and conveniences than ever before. The final touches were placed on June 28, and the venue is now ready for outdoor concerts over Island Block Party weekend, June 29-July 3. Kevin Smith, public relations manager with Treasure Island Resort & Casino, said the upgrades have been in discussion for many years, and it's all been well worth the wait. TI is now home to one of the only outdoor venue spaces in Minnesota with permanent seating — complete with cupholders.
Marty Kelly is running for sheriff of Goodhue County. This is his second run for sheriff, after making an initial run for the position in 2010.
Red Wing City Council has approved an agreement with Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation to continue operations at Mississippi National Golf Links for another three years. This is the third version of the amendment to come before the council. The group's current five-year agreement would have expired at the end of 2018. RWMGC wanted another five-year deal, but the council has been discussing a one-year extension.
Members of the Hiawatha Valley Amateur Radio Club converged at Memorial Park for a full 24-hours last weekend to promote the hobby and help educate the public on service and science aspects of HAM radio. This effort is part of AARL Field Day, which "combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach and technical skills all in a single event," according to the ARRL website. This annual event has continued since 1933 and engages 40,000 participants in North America.
Strawberry season has officially begun in Minnesota. A little late due to the long winter, but here nonetheless. Although people are eager and ready for fresh strawberries, the question this year becomes, are the strawberries ready for them?
The Red Wing Port Authority has approved sign awning facade grant applications for local businesses Backwoods Framing and Engraving and River City Car Wash. Each business will receive $2,500 to cover the cost of design and installation of new signage. Funds will be distributed after the project is complete.
McSorley Street was closed to traffic on Tuesday, June 19, while emergency responders negotiated the arrest of a man who had holed himself up in his home at 751 McSorley St., threatening suicide.