Reduce, reuse, recycle! The city of Red Wing will be rolling out a new recycling program that will focus on increasing community participation, volume recycled, resource recovery, and environmental protection. Single-sort recycling will allow residents to place all their recyclables into one cart without having to separate the materials. The refuse and recycling crews will pick up your recycling bin at the curb every other week. Collected materials will be sorted at specialized industrial facilities.
We recently had a home energy audit performed by the Home Energy Squad and we recommend it for all homeowners. Two personnel from the Center for Energy and Environment spent two hours checking our thermostat, water heater, furnace, lighting, windows, shower heads, water faucets, dryer vent, attic insulation and wall insulation. They installed a fan door to create a vacuum in the house and used thermal imaging to detect air leaks in the rim joist, top plate and baseboard areas. Even an air leak under our newly installed door was detected.
I came to Red Wing in 2007 with a background in incineration: Marketing incinerators, as a consultant to the engineering department of a large chemical company, and later opposing them, on health and economic grounds. It felt strange to live in a city that was itself in the garbage incineration business and seemed to care little about the impacts on the health and pocketbooks of residents.
A career politician is not a hero. They are party employees. Their main job is to be re-elected, give speeches and attend dinners to raise money. They are instructed how to vote. With writers and publicists and personal secretaries, they travel at party expense to sell the party line. You know who the heroes really are? That young couple who just spent one of their paychecks on the three bags of groceries in the back of their 20-year-old car. They are going to work again on Monday, and will continue to do their best, pay bills, pay taxes, and be good people.
Facing the coldest part of the winter I cannot help but think about what I had observed last summer. Last July as I filled my car with gas I looked to see if the windshield needed cleaning. To my surprise, it was amazingly clean even though I had just driven 300 miles. I remembered that not so long ago I would have to clean my windshield of bugs splats every time I filled my gas tank. This alarmed me. Where are the bugs?
Right after the first wall was constructed, I'd imagine, came the first ladder and, long before that, humans were digging tunnels.
Q: What's happening with the levee park dock project? A: Thank you for the question. This project is one of the final segments of Red Wing's overall River Town Renaissance project, a multi-year project we started planning for 25 years ago.
I was serving our country and I missed Woodstock. The music, the hugging, the fellowship ... I missed it. But wait! Up in St. Paul at the Capital we have our Minnesota Woodstock. It is called the 2019 legislative session. Yes, sir, lots of hugging for sure. The singing revolves around tunes on legalizing certain types of illegal smoke and alternative discussion on raising the age on legal smoke. Yes, it is Woodstock with nice clothes. The band is Minnesota One. As the music plays we tend to forget what our representatives were sent there for.
The new year is a time for the Sheldon Theatre Board to begin planning and preparing for what we hope will be another extraordinary year of performance in Red Wing. This is also a time to reflect on the previous year, and acknowledge the many individuals, groups, and organizations that made 2018 such a phenomenal success.
Minnesota farmers deserve a representative who fights for the markets they deserve (RE, Jan. 16, 2019). As someone who grew up watching my grandfather farm to support our family, I know exactly how important it is for our representatives to support policies that open markets for farm products.