August 30, 2019
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It's Festival Time!
September 7, 2019 (3 to 8 p.m.) Central Park
Imagine this; amazing Mariachi, Colombian, and Aztec dancers; art work by renowned artists and local students; great music and, of course, fantastic food trucks! Come to Central Park on Saturday, September 7 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. for the Hispanic Heritage Festival, organized by Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County. Our city Human Rights Commission will also be there so stop by their activity booth. The whole event is free and open to everyone. (Bonus: You can make pinatas, too!) More details here.
Trail Improvements on He Mni Can-Barn Bluff
Hiking the trails is getting even better at He Mni Can [pronounced Heh-Meh-NEE-Cha]-Barn Bluff. As part of a two-year grant program, the City of Red Wing, in partnership with Prairie Island Indian Community, is working on major improvements to the trails and bluff entrance. This month the MN Conservation Corp has been relocating some trails away from Native American mounds and reducing the trails' susceptibility to erosion. The walkways are now wider, flatter, and offer a few new stunning views. (Work is not finished yet, but you can still hike anytime and take a look.) Next year, entrance improvements begin including more parking, easier access, and a new cultural interpretation area that shares the many histories and stories of the bluff. More to come!
If You Build It, Birds Will Come
If your eagle eyes have spotted new birdhouses along the trails of Memorial Park, you can thank the seventh- and eighth-grade Sparkz day camp students. They built 30 birdhouses this summer and placed them in our local area: 10 of them at Memorial and the rest on school properties and at campers' homes. The birdhouses are shelters for the American Kestral, Northern Flicker, and Great Crested Fly Catcher, three birds whose populations are fast declining. Thanks to all involved for helping Red Wing keep our native birds here and flying high.
Ramping Up Accessibility
Image of curb ramps being updated.
Call Engineer Dean Chamberlain
with questions on curbs ramps
and other street projects.
If you’ve been wondering what’s going on with all the construction on the sidewalks around town, you’re not alone. Most of Red Wing’s pedestrian ramps on every corner weren’t up to the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To make our walkways more accessible for everyone and bring them into compliance with the ADA, the City is updating ramps in the areas where street projects are already scheduled. When the current projects are done, more than 100 ramps will be updated and more accessible for all.
Reading Through the Summer
Students go back to school next Wednesday, and thanks to the Public Library’s Summer Reading program, kids and teens kept their reading skills strong. More than 500 young people up to 6th grade filled out reading logs and read 20 minutes or more a day. Teens logged pages instead of minutes--and recorded 145,581 of them. Some lucky readers won prizes through drawings and a silent auction. Thanks to our library staff and all participants; keep reading!
Can You Recycle This?
Deliveries of the new, blue, 96-gallon recycling carts has begun. Some of you have probably received yours already. Just remember, we have to wait until September 16 to use them. Do you know what materials can and can't go in the carts? Some students took the test in the following video. Match your knowledge against theirs to see if you'll make the grade.
Engineering a Better Red Wing
The Engineering Department at the City of Red Wing is a busy place. Tasked with the infrastructure of our entire town, this department of just seven people touches the lives of all of us who call Red Wing home. Learn more about them and their work in this short video.
Same View, New Look
Thanks to a generous donation from the Noontime Kiwanis Club, one of Red Wing’s favorite scenic spots will get a makeover next year. The main overlook at Memorial Park (adjacent to the disc golf course) will get a new wall, seating, and parking area, making this historic spot even better (it's one of the best places in the state to enjoy a sunset). City Council voted Monday to move ahead towards the creation of a final design, and Noontime Kiwanis will match construction costs up to $150,000. A final design will come later this fall, and construction will start in 2020. More info to come in future City Beat issues.
Can You Find it?
This building was once the first reading room of the public library, a commercial college, and the Elks Club. It was also at one time the largest construction of local limestone masonry in Red Wing’s history. An impressive example of the Richardsonian Romanesque style, it boasts round-arched windows and corbeled brick cornices. Can you find it? Click here to answer.
Our winner Emily Baldwin correctly identified the Public Library as the answer to our Can You Find It column from last issue. The library is where you'll find just a few of the items displayed from the Red Wing Sister Cities large gift collection. Fun Fact: Our sister cities of Quzhou, China and Ikata, Japan have a population of 600,000 and 10,000 respectively.
These Boots Were Made for Filling
Our Fire Department needs YOUR help. This year, firefighters will be out on the streets September 11-13 for their annual "Fill the Boot" fundraiser. Proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help support families living with neuromuscular diseases in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Your spare change can make a big difference. Use it to fill up the boot!
All in a Day's Work
Photo of Cyd Mark
If you and your child have ever enjoyed an event at the Red Wing Public Library, you've probably seen Cyd Mark at work. As the Assistant Children’s Librarian, Cyd helps develop the youth programs and events that make our library a vibrant community asset. Cyd has brought a lot of laughter and smiles to the library during her five years there, and story times just wouldn't be the same without her; thanks, Cyd.
Watch the Meeting You Missed
Now you can view any City of Red Wing meeting at your convenience on our website. From this page , just select "Archive of City Meetings" and scroll down to find the specific meeting you're looking for, and you can watch it on any device. Or, select the "Channel 6 live stream," and you can watch our government access channel whenever and wherever you wish.
We'll Save You a Seat
Monthly Bridge Update
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 12 p.m.
Airport Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.
Heritage Preservation Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Sustainability Commission Workshop
Ignite Room, Community Development Building
Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
2040 Strategy Team Meeting
Mississippi Room, City Hall
Thursday, Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m.
City Council Budget Workshop
City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m.
Library Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
Red Wing Harbor Commission Special Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, Sept.10 at 7:30 a.m.
Housing & Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m .
Red Wing Port Authority Special Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Summer Conversations with the Red Wing Police Department
Bluff View Park on East Fifth Street
Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.
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