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The Goodhue County Board on Nov. 7 voted to approve a joint powers agreement with the St. Paul Port Authority to help facilitate clean energy loans for buildings within Goodhue County. As part of this agreement, Goodhue County is now able to apply an assessment to eligible properties that have been approved for a clean energy loan by the Minnesota Property Assessed Clean Energy Program. The proceeds of this assessment are then used to repay their loan over time.
Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County has been named Latinx organization of the year by NAVIGATE MN, a nonprofit devoted to helping Minnesota's immigrant population achieve success through higher education. The award was one of five distributed by NAVIGATE MN at its 10th annual Minnesotanxs gala and award ceremony Sept. 29, 2017. This year marks the first time that Hispanic Outreach has been recognized with a Minnesotanxs award. "This means a lot to the organization," said Williams Ortiz Arizmendi, Hispanic Outreach program and services coordinator.
Residents of Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District and Minnesota Legislative District 21 are invited to attend a forum 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at ProAct, 204 Mississippi Ave., Red Wing. This event is sponsored by The Arc Southeastern Minnesota and the conversation will focus on issues related to disability such as Medicaid, jobs, staffing, and community inclusion. Four legislators have been invited to attend but not all have confirmed: U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, Rep. Barb Haley (21A), Sen. Mike Goggin (21), and Rep. Steve Drazkowski (21B).
The community is invited to attend a free forum to learn about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy. Friends of Immigrants will present this event 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Red Wing Public Library Foot Room. Four local students will share personal stories about arriving in the U.S. as children and immigration attorney Kerry McGuire will deliver a presentation on the history, implementation, and overall policy of DACA. A question-and-answer session to follow until 8 p.m.
East Avenue is closed to all traffic between West Fifth and Sixth streets. The closure, which started Friday, Nov. 10, is expected to last two weeks, weather permitting, and will allow for necessary storm tunnel and gas line maintenance. West Fifth Street will remain open except at the intersection of East Avenue during construction, Red Wing Public Works said.
Railroads and Red Wing go way back, with freight running down the lines of the Chicago Great Western since 1905. Today those lines are owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and both freight and passenger trains can be found zooming through Red Wing, day and night. On Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Regional Rail Association hosted a breakfast to address the safety and future of of railways in Minnesota.
Citizens are invited to attend an open house from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Red Wing Public Library Foot Room, regarding the planned improvements to the dock at Levee Park. City staff and consultants look forward to receiving citizen input on the preliminary drawings of what the improvements could look like and hear additional thoughts and opinions from attendees on this project.
Renowned percussionist and educator Mitchell Peters died Oct. 28, 2017. He was 82 years old. Formerly of Red Wing, Peters went on to have a successful career as an orchestral percussionist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He joined the company as a co-principal percussionist in 1969 and retired as its principal timpanist in 2006.
On Oct. 13, nuclear generators at the Xcel Energy plant at Prairie Island began the process of shutting down for scheduled maintenance and refueling. This event is expected to last until mid-November and it is the second such refueling this year. To assist with the outage, nearly 1,000 specialized contractors from across the country are now living temporarily in Red Wing.