It is often said of history, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The collective effort of several local and national groups fighting for the protection and preservation of He Mni Can (previously known as Barn Bluff) is a reminder of what has happened to this important landmark throughout history. Together, we hope to minimize the negative impacts on the bluff and safeguard it from here on out.
Once upon a time, I was a little girl who lived on a farm in north-central Minnesota. Park Rapids was about a half hour farther north of our diversified farm with cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens. We drank nature's most perfect whole milk. My parents used a separator system to separate the cream which my father hauled in cans to the local creamery. The skim milk was fed to the pigs. Fast forward 50 years. School children, young growing bodies, can only have 1 percent or chocolate skim milk with sugar. Now who is getting the skim milk?
Now that Polar Vortex Jayden has moved on and we are headed for a brief warm-up, we need our customers' help. Postal carriers have suffered serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls due to icy and snow covered walkways and porch steps. Preventing a slip or bad fall can be as easy as putting down salt or sand on slippery surfaces or clearing the way to mailboxes. Please take this opportunity to remove all snow and ice from walkways, sidewalks, steps, porches and around curbline boxes. Clearing snow at least six feet on both sides of curbline
Reduce, reuse, recycle! The city of Red Wing will be rolling out a new recycling program that will focus on increasing community participation, volume recycled, resource recovery, and environmental protection. Single-sort recycling will allow residents to place all their recyclables into one cart without having to separate the materials. The refuse and recycling crews will pick up your recycling bin at the curb every other week. Collected materials will be sorted at specialized industrial facilities.
We recently had a home energy audit performed by the Home Energy Squad and we recommend it for all homeowners. Two personnel from the Center for Energy and Environment spent two hours checking our thermostat, water heater, furnace, lighting, windows, shower heads, water faucets, dryer vent, attic insulation and wall insulation. They installed a fan door to create a vacuum in the house and used thermal imaging to detect air leaks in the rim joist, top plate and baseboard areas. Even an air leak under our newly installed door was detected.
I came to Red Wing in 2007 with a background in incineration: Marketing incinerators, as a consultant to the engineering department of a large chemical company, and later opposing them, on health and economic grounds. It felt strange to live in a city that was itself in the garbage incineration business and seemed to care little about the impacts on the health and pocketbooks of residents.
A career politician is not a hero. They are party employees. Their main job is to be re-elected, give speeches and attend dinners to raise money. They are instructed how to vote. With writers and publicists and personal secretaries, they travel at party expense to sell the party line. You know who the heroes really are? That young couple who just spent one of their paychecks on the three bags of groceries in the back of their 20-year-old car. They are going to work again on Monday, and will continue to do their best, pay bills, pay taxes, and be good people.
Facing the coldest part of the winter I cannot help but think about what I had observed last summer. Last July as I filled my car with gas I looked to see if the windshield needed cleaning. To my surprise, it was amazingly clean even though I had just driven 300 miles. I remembered that not so long ago I would have to clean my windshield of bugs splats every time I filled my gas tank. This alarmed me. Where are the bugs?
Right after the first wall was constructed, I'd imagine, came the first ladder and, long before that, humans were digging tunnels.
Q: What's happening with the levee park dock project? A: Thank you for the question. This project is one of the final segments of Red Wing's overall River Town Renaissance project, a multi-year project we started planning for 25 years ago.