City of Red Wing

City Council and Mayor

Pictured: Front left - Council Member Evan Brown, Council Vice President Dean Hove, Mayor Sean Dowse, Council Member Peggy Rehder. 
Pictured: Back left - Council President Kim Beise, Council Member John Becker, Council Member Dustin Schulenberg, Council Member Dan Munson.

As your government representatives on the local level, these officials should be commended for their commitments of time and thoughtful decision-making as they are confronted with issues and concerns on an ongoing basis. Working together with city staff, they work to create and maintain an excellent standard of living within Red Wing.

The Red Wing City Council meets regularly the second and fourth Mondays in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 6:00 p.m. 
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Sean Dowse Sean Dowse

Term: January 2017 to January 2021   
Phone:  651.388.5935 

Sean Dowse served as the Executive Director at The Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing from 1989 until his retirement in 2015. During this time, he led a team responsible for presenting over 100 events each year, nurturing relationships with community cultural and civic groups, creating a community-wide cultural center, maintaining and improving a century old performing arts facility, and establishing a sustainable financial base for operations. 

Holding a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Utah, Mr. Dowse worked as Associate Artistic Director and General Manager at The Cricket Theatre in Minneapolis and in the Literary Department at The Guthrie Theater. 

In 2011 Governor Mark Dayton appointed Sean as a member of the Minnesota State Arts Board. In addition to serving on the Arts Board, he has participated on grant review panels for public and private foundations and on numerous boards for community and statewide organizations that include The Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Minnesota Presenters Network, the Minnesota Music Coalition, The Anderson Center at Tower View, The Red Wing Chamber of Commerce, and The Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau. 

Mr. Dowse continues to direct plays and musicals for Red Wing High School and Red Wing’s community theatre, The Phoenix.


Kim Beise Kim Beise

Council President
First Ward
Term: January 2017 to January 2021
Phone:  651-261-1859

Kim is President and CEO of Dowco Valve Company Inc. located in Hastings, Minnesota. He has spent over 34 years in the repair, service, and sales of valves, most of those years as an owner of Dowco Valve. Kim is a Journeyman Pipefitter of Local 300 Bismarck, ND, Member of the NBIC (National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors) subcommittee on Pressure Relief Devices, and is also the current Chairman of the VRC (Valve Repair Council division of Valve Manufacturers Association) Board of Directors. He has also served on other boards and advisory committees.

Kim and his wife Lucinda have been Red Wing residents since 1986, have raised their 3 children here and are now watching their grandchildren grow up in Red Wing. 

"I will be available to not only those in my Ward but anyone from the City of Red Wing that has a question or concern. I believe strongly in the involvement and input of those not only in elected office in the City of Red Wing but the many volunteers and citizens that working together will continue to make Red Wing a place where people will want to live and raise their families, work, and have their businesses."  

John BeckerJohn Becker

Council Member
Second Ward
Term: January 2017 to January 2021
Phone: 651.380.1501

John Becker has lived in Red Wing since 2002 when he opened his independent, small business in downtown Red Wing.  He is a past president of Red Wing Downtown Main Street, Inc., and the Red Wing Innovation Incubator, Inc.  He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. 

Becker has a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Minnesota and has been a registered Minnesota Professional Engineer since 1985.  His career has included several technology and creative start-up companies.

Dean Hove dean hove

Council Vice President
First & Second Wards (combined)
Term: January 2015 to January 2019
Phone: 651.388.1072

Dean Hove has lived his entire life in Red Wing. He and his wife, Teresa, were longtime owners of the Pantry Restaurant. Having served in the Minnesota National Guard for 10 years, Hove is an active member of the American Legion.

According to Hove, "Everyone in Red Wing has a stake in our city's future. As a lifelong resident, I understand the hard choices facing City Council Members. I believe we can find solutions to our city's financial issues that will still allow us to provide the high level of services we currently enjoy. People expect a good value for their tax dollar. Reasonable taxation is no accident. It takes discipline."

Hove continued, "For several years, friends and neighbors encouraged me to run for City Council. When my wife and I sold our business, I decided I would have the time to give something back to my hometown. Public service has been a very challenging and rewarding opportunity. I am proud to serve."

Dan MunsonDan Munson

Council Member
Third Ward
Term: January 2015 to January 2019, resigned as of April 26, 2018

Dan Munson has resigned his seat on the City Council as of April 26, 2018.  A Special Election will be held on August 14, 2018, to fulfill Mr. Munson's vacancy.



Peggy Rehder peggy rehder

Council Member
Fourth Ward
Term: January 2015 to January 2019, resigned May 7, 2018

Peggy Rehder resigned her seat on the City Council as of May 7, 2018. A special election will be held on November 6, 2018, to fulfill Ms. Rehder's vacancy.





Evan BrownEvan Brown

Council Member
Third & Fourth Wards (combined)
Term: January 2017 to January 2021
Phone: 651.388.6229

My wife, Laura, and I moved here in 2002, and fell right in love with our new home city. We were soon finding ways to contribute to help make Red Wing better for all of us; to maintain the social quality, natural beauty and cultural charm of our city. I first became civically involved here in working alongside many other residents to keep our riverfront open and accessible to all. That experience taught me the power collaboration can have to create positive outcomes, as well as developing insight as to how our planning process affects all of us.

I followed that citizen involvement up by serving on our city Charter Commission, where I served for eight years with three years as Chair, working for local government that focused on people. I continued my service on the Red Wing Sustainability Commission, which taught me that there are so many opportunities for doing good both fiscally and environmentally. If we work together to identify those opportunities we can guide the growth of Red Wing in a positive way for our whole community. Along of these paths I have been focused on collaboration and results, and I will bring those skills to the Council.

I believe that representing people starts with listening first, then working with them to bring ideas to the City Council. We need to capitalize on our strengths: our hard-working citizens, our scenic natural beauty, and our position as an important regional center, with the goals of economic vitality and the long-term sustainability of our natural resources and historic treasures. We need to build, support, and sustain our local economy by making sure we support local businesses.

Red Wing offers so much, and I want to partner with citizens to make it even better - a better place to work, live, and raise a family. I know we can attract more good paying jobs with benefits and preserve and improve our high quality of life and our environment for future generations. We need to look forward to make sure that happens, for our citizens now and for our citizens who will be.


Dustin SchulenbergDustin Schulenberg

Council President Pro Tem
Council Member-At-Large
Term: January 2015 to January 2019, resigned as of 4/9/2018 

Dustin has resigned from his Member-At-Large seat on the Red Wing City Council as of April 9, 2018, as he is moving outside of the city limits.  Red Wing's charter requires all Council Members to reside within the city limits of Red Wing, so his impending move will render him ineligible.  An election for a replacement Council Member will be held on August 14, 2018.





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