The city of Red Wing is seeking proposals to redevelop the Friedrich Building, 10,000 square feet of space. Proposals are due June 14. Staff plans to publicize a brief summary of proposals the following week and present them to the City Council at its June 24 meeting. The public will be invited to comment prior to any council decision.
Mayo Clinic Health System has stated from the beginning of its acquisition in Red Wing that they have intended to vacate the property at 1407 W. Fourth St. (formerly the St. John's Hospital). They are currently working with a real estate development consulting firm based out of Minneapolis to convert this property into a 110 unit housing project.
On Memorial Day, while driving from Cannon Falls to Lake City to visit the grave of a soldier lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom, I drove through Red Wing past many homes, businesses, and establishments, many of which that were flying the American Flag improperly. According to etiquette, on Memorial Day the Flag is to be flown at half staff from dawn until noon, (to honor our nation's fallen heroes), and then raised briskly to full staff until sunset.
The current Goodhue County Board has only four commissioners since the death of Commissioner Ron Allen who represented District 1. The board is now deadlocked on the appointment of an interim commissioner, leaving District 1 unrepresented. The League of Women Voters Red Wing urges the board to appoint an interim commissioner to restore representative government to Goodhue County. The League of Women Voters supports a transparent governmental system that is representative, accountable and responsive.
Over the last 36 months, Minnesota State College Southeast has been investing heavily in growing its campus in Red Wing through community integration and novel initiatives that include specialized customized training, entrepreneurship opportunities, and unique high-tech destination majors. These initiatives are leveraging the unique threads of the local community and weaving them into educational opportunities that span the nation and the globe.
Olivia Hebeisen works at Ethos Performance Training as the in-house nutritional therapy practitioner. Hebeisen graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with degrees in physical and health education and taught for five years at Mora High School before pursuing nutritional therapy. She started at Ethos in January of this year. Hebeisen is teaching the following class through Red Wing Community Education: Owning Your Gut Health: Implications for Digestion, Immune System, Mental Health and Weight Management, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 18 and 25.
It's been two weeks since two commissioners decided that District 1 does not need representation. It's difficult to comprehend why some 9,000 residents and companies do not receive a voice in their daily matters.
As a resident of Goodhue County District 1 — Ron Allen's district — I have no representation in county government at this time. None of us in District 1 has representation since Mr. Allen's death in April.
Full disclosure: I threw my hat in the ring for County Board because I was not happy with how this vacancy has been handled by the county. I also offered to withdraw if that would spur an appointment, but they refused to appoint anyone.
At the May 21 County Board meeting, the four commissioners voted equally for and against making an appointment to fill District 1's seat, pending a special election. Thus no one was appointed and District 1 remains without its own commissioner.