In support of Earth Day, the Red Wing Sustainability Commission will be holding its second annual Electric Car Show from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The show is located outside the Sheldon Theatre, 443 W Third St., with the show cars parked along both sides of the street. Interested parties are invited to meet EV owners, who will be happy to discuss all aspects of EV ownership. Last year saw more than 20 EVs and 10 different models, with members of the MNinnesota EV Owners and Minnesota Tesla Owners groups well represented.
As we approach the golden anniversary of the moon landing, it is worth remembering that only nine months later Earth Day was born. And, so, footprints on another world have led us full circle to the footprints that we are leaving on our own planet. The small steps that we all take every day can lead us to giant leaps toward sustainability. Or not. Earth Week in Red Wing has always been a positive opportunity to focus on the things that we all can do to connect to the natural world in order to preserve, protect, and defend it for future generations.
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise, but there is a lot you can do for yourself to prevent or delay its onset. I just completed a free class called "I Can Prevent Diabetes" sponsored by the University of Minnesota and taught by a U of M Extension educator. Taking this yearlong class was one of the best things I've ever done for myself! It's designed for people with pre-diabetes who are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
Our Port Authority director now says the cost of the pedestrian/bicycle bridge from Old West Main over the tracks to Bay Point Park is coming in at $2,000,000, up from $1.6 million. Two million dollars—it wobbles the mind. In related news, the Port director also announced that the multi-million dollar remodeling of Old West Main will not include bike paths, go figure. The City Council will soon begin work on the 2020 budget. The council needs to revisit the wisdom of this bridge project. Kent Laugen Red Wing
I wish there was a transit service to the Cities from Red Wing in the morning and evening. Recently, I had to go to the Cities to write an exam and my friend was out of town to give me a ride, which forced me to book a ticket using Amtrak. The train was scheduled for 8:49 p.m. When I reached the station at 9 p.m. I saw other people waiting for the train. One of them called Amtrak: Delayed until 2:30 a.m. as the train had some malfunctioning — which was acceptable because things happen.
I witnessed a miracle seeing "Unplanned" at my local theater ... .a true story of sorrow, love, grace and healing by former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson. I left thinking that pro-life and pro-choice people need to see this as it shows both sides being compassionate and well meaning. This is so crucial to understand and often missed by people discussing abortion. Definitely worth checking out! Joe Engesser Red Wing
One of the rites of spring is the arrival of the annual property tax statement. We all know about property taxes: one of the most regressive and unfair taxes that exists. It is not based on anyone's ability to pay, encourages people to not improve their property, and in reality the valuations bear little resemblance to what a property is really worth.
Forty years ago, on March 28, 1979, the Three Mile Island Unit 2 nuclear power reactor in central Pennsylvania partially melted down and experienced at least one explosion. The causes were a combination of equipment failures, design defects, and operator errors. The operators did not have accurate indications of what was going on in the reactor, so they couldn't make the right decisions. Reportedly, more than half of the radiation monitors in the area were broken, so there was not adequate indication of how much radioactivity was released and where it went.
I have witnessed significant change at the University of Minnesota during my 30-year career as a state lawmaker and time as a member of the University's Board of Regents. Now more than ever, the university attracts top students and produces some of the nation's brightest graduates while maximizing Minnesota's investment in its flagship university. In other words, smart students. Strong graduation rates. Excellent job placement. There has never been a better time to be a University of Minnesota student. The proof is in the numbers.
The Red Wing chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby thanks Rep. Angie Craig for co-sponsoring the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. This groundbreaking bipartisan climate solution to price carbon will give revenue to households and bring greenhouse gas emissions down 90 percent by 2050. With 22 cosponsors so far, the bill will create over 2 million new jobs, lower health care costs and promote energy innovation. This bill H.R. 763 was reintroduced as a bipartisan bill in the House on Jan 24, 2019.