November 14, 2019
You're invited to an unforgettable event with national speaker and writer Ellie Krug next Wednesday, November 20, at either 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the public library. A free meal will be provided; no RSVP is required. We're each more similar than we are different. Come learn how to start conversations that matter.
Questions? Call 651-385-3618
Two Events Not to be Overlooked
We love our bluffs—but how much do we know about them? Join historian Fredrick Johnson at the Public Library on Saturday, November 23, from 10-11 a.m. for a presentation on our beautiful bluffs. Then stay for the Memorial Park Main Overlook Open House from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. to share your ideas on what you'd like to see happen during next year's renovation.
What improvements would YOU like to see at the Main
Memorial Park Overlook?
Test Your Recycling Skills
By mayoral proclamation, it's Red Wing Recycles Week, and we wanted to celebrate with a *giveaway!*
Do you know the answers to some of the most common recycling quandaries in our city? If you do, email us whether you think each statement below is true or false. If they're all correct, you'll be entered into a drawing for a reusable tote bag. We'll include the correct answers in the next City Beat, so check back to see how well you did!
1: Caps should be removed from plastic bottles prior to recycling. T/F
2: If the recycling symbol is on it, it can always go in the blue cart. T/F
3: Gable-top cartons are not recyclable. T/F
4: Aerosol cans can go in the blue cart. T/F
5: Plastic shopping bags aren't recyclable, but plastic food-storage bags are. T/F
There's a Map for That
Where's the best rock climbing on He Mni Can-Barn Bluff? Did you know there's an Italian statue at the Library? Explore all that Red Wing has to offer--arts, culture, adventure--with the click of a mouse. The Destination Red Wing Story Map is a new addition to the City's map gallery that's part interactive map, part virtual tour guide. Click on the photo and find your next destination.
Bridging Options for the Future
On Tuesday, the City Council took a first step toward potentially implementing Upper Harbor plans that started a decade ago. You probably know the Upper Harbor as the flat, grassy, gravelly land between Old West Main Street and Levee Road, where people park for events like River City Days. Council voted 5-1 to approve a Purchase Agreement to buy the building between Kelly's Tap House Bar & Grill and Bayside Tap & Steakhouse to use it as a possible landing for a pedestrian-bike bridge.
Council members noted the bridge is still a project under consideration. The agreement is one step in a long-term plan to invest in revitalizing the riverfront and connecting it to Old West Main Street--so the mixed-use area becomes a retail, hospitality, and recreational hub. The City continues to work on leveraging state and federal money for the project.
Fund$ Available
Housing Workshop
Monday, December 16 at 6 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
Let’s talk housing. Everyone needs it, and all sectors of our community agree we don’t have enough of it. The Red Wing Housing & Redevelopment Authority sits on the front line, connecting people with money and options they may not find otherwise. Randal Hemmerlin, Executive Director of the HRA, fills us in on what’s available now and explains what we can learn from the housing workshop on December 16. (Hint: The new 5-year housing study results will be in with lots of new data to share.)
Future Development on Old West Main
Based on a City Council vote Tuesday night, the City of Red Wing will sign a Purchase Agreement for the Bauer Built building at 1511 Old West Main Street ( subject to further site investigations within 60 days).  The purchase serves two purposes: First, the lot will help address parking needs during the Old West Main Street reconstruction project and beyond. Second, the Red Wing Port Authority will work on a redevelopment plan for the property to further economic activity in the area.  
Historic Building Renovations Begin
The Friedrich Building is an old beauty that has seen better days. Sitting beside the Goodhue County Historical Society on Oak Street, this building used to be part of the old city hospital complex, then was home to Rocking Horse Academy nursery school, the ELC, and Annadee's Closet. It's been sitting empty for more than ten years and we’ve been wondering what to do with it ever since. Then Red Wing resident Suzanne Blue stepped in. She made a charitable contribution that allowed asbestos, mold, and other environmental hazards to be removed. A new roof was next, and once a final agreement is in place, she plans to convert the building into residential apartments and/or commercial space.  Watch the video for full details and to see how community partners are coming together to save this historic gem.
City 101 - Cart Placement
Four feet is the difference between having your trash can knocked over at 7:30 in the morning and your kids finding out what really happened to their Halloween candy and, well, getting away with it. If you've got a guilty conscience, let us help: placing your garbage and recycling carts four feet away from each other--and anything else--will help our collectors (and you) have a smooth getaway.
All in a Day's Work
Picture of HRA employee Jennifer Cook
Jennifer Cook knows a lot about housing in Red Wing. Actually, in the last ten years she’s held five different positions within the Red Wing Housing & Redevelopment Authority, gaining more responsibility with each position she’s held. Now she serves as the Program Management Coordinator, a job she loves because she gets to interact with so many people. When she’s not handling program paperwork, contractors, or interacting with tenants, Jennifer loves to be outside camping and snowmobiling. A life-long resident of Red Wing, she’s found her home helping others find accessible, appropriate, and affordable housing. Thanks, Jennifer!
Any Meeting, Any Time
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
Human Right Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, November 14 at 6 p.m.
Sheldon Theatre Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, November 19 at 5:15 p.m.
Advisory Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m.
"Gray Area Thinking" Seminar
Public Library Foot Room
Wednesday, November 20
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Free and open to everyone.
Sister Cities Commission Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Wednesday, November 20 at 5 p.m.
"Gray Area Thinking" Seminar
Public Library Foot Room
Wednesday, November 20
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Joint Recreation Community Powers Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, November 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Bluffs
Author visit by Fredrick Johnson
Red Wing Public Library
Saturday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m.
Memorial Overlook Renovation Ideas Open House
Red Wing Public Library Foot Room
Saturday, November 23
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Library Board Meeting
City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, November 25 at 4:30 p.m.
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