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City of Red Wing recognized with national award

Sunday, November 15 2009 12:00 AM  •   Categorized In General Administration
Red Wing’s favorite recycling hero, Rubin the Blue Bin, recently earned the City of Red Wing a national award! The City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) chose this Public Service Announcement (PSA) video production to win the 2009 Award of Excellence in the TV and Videos-Promotional Video category.  The purpose of the Rubin the Blue Bin PSA was to inspire Local Government Access Channel 6 viewers to participate in the City of Red Wing’s recycling program by informing viewers, “The only way to win is to throw it in the bin!” The toe-tapping production introd…

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The 2010 Census to Use GIS and GPS Technology. Be Sure to Be Counted!

Sunday, November 15 2009 12:00 AM  •   Categorized In General Administration
Leanne Knott, GIS Specialist  The 2010 Census, mandated by the United States Constitution, will compose data to create an accurate count of everyone living in the United States. Census data is used to distribute Congressional seats to states, allocate more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year, and guide decision making about what services should be provided in each community. The 2010 Census Bureau questionnaire will be one of the shortest in history consisting of only 10 questions and taking only about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws pro…

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Potbellied Pig Ordinance Adopted

Sunday, November 15 2009 12:00 AM  •   Categorized In General Administration
On October 26, the City Council adopted an ordinance allowing residents to keep miniature Vietnamese potbellied pigs as pets. The adoption of this ordinance resulted because two families in Red Wing currently have these animals as pets. The adopted ordinance now defines a miniature Vietnamese potbellied pig and lists requirements for keeping one as a pet in residential Red Wing.  Ordinance 466 

Red Wing 2020, A Brief History

Sunday, November 15 2009 12:00 AM  •   Categorized In General Administration
1982 was a pivotal year in Red Wing’s growth - the first year the business community and the City of Red Wing took steps to create the Port Authority. It took three more years before former Council Administrator and Red Wing 2020 board member Dean Massett sought and received state Legislative approval to establish the Port Authority. The process that formed the Port Authority also created the Red Wing 2020 committee. Massett said, “The committee’s greatest strength is the diverse makeup of its members. Membership includes individuals representing the school board, large and small businesses…

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Former Mayor Donna Dummer Awarded Amos Owen Award

Sunday, November 15 2009 12:00 AM  •   Categorized In General Administration
The Amos Owen Award was given to former mayor Donna Dummer September 11. Human Rights Commission (HRC) Chair Kirsten Fridell explained the history of the award, named for a Prairie Island elder and cultural leader. The award is given annually to honor someone who has demonstrated an active commitment to human rights in Red Wing.  Dan Guida nominated Dummer and spoke of her accomplishments. Dummer served as a member of the Goodhue County Welfare Board, Fairview Auxiliary, Youth Outreach Board, Chairperson and leader of Red Wing Girl Scouts, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Youth Service Coalition, Go…

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A Volunteering Vision Moment

Sunday, November 15 2009 12:00 AM  •   Categorized In General Administration
Frito-Lay Employees Endure Rain while Helping OutMore than 165 Frito-Lay Midwest North Region managers spent a rainy afternoon volunteering at Oakwood Cemetery October 6. For the past couple years, Frito-Lay managers have visited Red Wing for their corporate retreat. For this year’s teambuilding exercise, the managers broke into teams of 11 to disassemble about 1,500 flower pots at the cemetery.  An additional 80 managers completed upgrades at Maple Hills Apartments. Red Wing’s former District Sales Leader (DSL) Darren Grabau said, “It’s great to give back to one of the communitie…

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2009 Fall Cleanup

Sunday, November 15 2009 12:00 AM  •   Categorized In Public Works
Lisa Acker, Cover Clerk, Public Works Department Due to the current budget crisis, the Public Works Department will not be picking up curbside yard waste from residential areas or providing complimentary yard waste roll-off dumpsters. This decision was made by the City Council to reduce General Fund expenses. The fall cleanup program offered in the past included collection for leaves, brush and other yard and garden waste placed curbside during designated fall cleanup weeks. Residents may dispose of brush year ‘round at the brush and compost site at the Integrated Solid Waste Management Campus…

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Central States Water Environment Association received representation from the City of Red Wing

Sunday, November 15 2009 12:00 AM  •   Categorized In Public Works
Bob Stark, Deputy Director of Public Works-Utilities Division, was recently asked to participate on a new ad hoc committee being formed by the Central States Water Environment Association to look at recent increases in problems associated with excessive foaming in anaerobic digesters. Central States is the regional association for the Water Environment Federation and represents Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. This committee is made up of two representatives from each state, Marquette University and the Central States office. The association provides networking opportunities, training, publications and…

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Effective Snow Removal, A Joint Effort

Sunday, November 15 2009 12:00 AM  •   Categorized In Public Works
Rose Hanson, Secretary, Public Works Department In addition to the snow removal provided by the City of Red Wing, residents and business owners also have certain responsibilities. These include clearing sidewalks, driveways, mailboxes and fire hydrants adjacent to their property. These areas should be cleaned without depositing any snow onto street surfaces. Snow piles must be placed where they will not be an obstruction to the vision of vehicles or pedestrians. If it’s not possible to clear away the snow from a nearby hydrant, please call the Public Works Department at 385.3674 to report it. …

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Leave Pollution Out of the River

Sunday, November 15 2009 12:00 AM  •   Categorized In Public Works
Paul Drotos, Environmental Officer, Public Works  It is said that leaves never fall too far from their trees, but where they end up is another story. Leaves that fall on city streets can end up in storm sewers, going straight to the river, eventually being transported to Lake Pepin and beyond.  Water pollution is measured in units of total suspended solids and phosphorous - two things decomposed leaves are full of. It’s no secret Lake Pepin is filling up. Residents can help reduce this by keeping leaves off streets and away from storm water catch basins.  Most people know it’s il…

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