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Red Wing Ignite's successes have landed the incubator a spot in the Rural Innovation Initiative. The Center for Rural Innovation and the Rural Innovation Strategies launched the new program with the intent of supporting rural communities working to create digital economy jobs with an innovation hub strategy. Red Wing learned Thursday it is one of only nine communities selected. More than 130 communities applied.
Every year the City Engineers Association of Minnesota names Municipal Engineer of the Year Award. The 2018 winner is Red Wing's Jay Owens. Owens has worked on numerous projects since joining Red Wing in 1995. For example, the downtown project at Third and Bush streets in 2018. Owens also continues his focus on the construction of the Red Wing river bridge. Winning the award was a "complete surprise" for Owens. He explained that he has attended this event numerous times with more than 300 other engineers and has watched engineers from a variety of municipalities win.
Mandy's Coffee and Cafe, located in the heart of downtown, is a favorite in Red Wing, which was made clear when the business was awarded the 2018 Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce Restaurant of the Year. When Mandy Cardinal was asked what her reaction to learning that her restaurant had won on Feb. 4, she replied, "surprised but extremely grateful and proud of what we've created." Cardinal has experience in marketing and education. Using these skills, and the inspiration to create a local coffee shop, Cardinal opened Mandy's in the summer of 2015.
The countdown to the Big Turn Music Fest is in the single digits, the venues have been announced, the lineup released and "BTMF Logbooks" can be found around town so residents can plan their route through the event to catch all of their favorite acts.
Alison Youngs considers Red Wing home. She worked in Rochester for a few years but decided that she wanted to work close to her home, so Youngs opened S.W.A.T. That's Salon with a Twist. "I wanted to offer something to Red Wing that Red Wing didn't already have," Youngs explained. The "twist" in the salon's name represents a couple of things that make S.W.A.T. special. One is that S.W.A.T. has 11 employees so most customers can find someone that they really like and work well with.
The city of Red Wing has made decisions in the recent years touted as ways to protect and help the environment: an electric vehicle charging station was installed, garbage is burned for energy, solar panels have been installed on buildings. On Monday, Feb. 11, the City Council passed three resolutions with environmental focuses: support for the state of Minnesota's energy goals, support for housing energy efficiency improvements and support for revising tax-increment financing to make it a more accessible tool for community development.
Dawn Zero Erickson has been sewing since before she was 5 years old and has been interested in Japanese culture and traditions almost as long. Now, Erickson is combining the two interests in "Charcoal & Persimmon: A Textile Travelogue," a show of textile pieces inspired by Japanese culture, at the Goodhue County History Center.
ZUMBROTA—Marie Marvin was not expecting to be named Goodhue County Citizen of the Year. She thought that she was having lunch with coworker and friend Ellie Starks on Saturday, Feb. 2. Starks, who co-directs Crossings at Carnegie and was part of the surprise, told Marvin that one of her New Year's resolutions was to "sit with the people she loves," and wanted to spend time sitting and talking with Marvin.
After enduring a polar vortex that resulted in Red Wing temperatures plummeting below the temperature in Antarctica, it seems time to think summer. The YMCA's Passport to Summer from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, could not come at a better time. This event for families will have information about summer programs and activities through the YMCA and other Red Wing organizations, including Fusion Dance, ArtReach, Red Wing High School's robotics team and the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center.
The housing shortage in Red Wing makes it hard for families who want to move here find a place to buy or rent. The shortage also can harm those already renting within the city who have a problem with the housing unit or landlord. Council member Becky Norton explained during the council's annual workshop on Saturday, Jan. 25, that because there is such a short supply of housing, landlords know that they will be able to find tenants, even if the unit is not in ideal condition.