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CityCouncilJune2013 

(Left back row) Red Wing City Council Members Ralph Rauterkus, Jason Sebion, Dean Hove, Mike Schultz (Left front row) Council Members Peggy Rehder, Lisa Bayley, Mayor Dan Bender and Council Member Marilyn Meinke.  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.  Residents can find their ward and precinct information by visiting:  http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/.

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City of Red Wing Strategic Plan

 

Daniel D. BenderDan Bender

Mayor
Term: June 24, 2013 to January 2017   
E-mail:  dan.bender@ci.red-wing.mn.us
Phone:  651.385.7521 

Dan has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University (1970), and worked as a Software Engineer at IBM in Rochester, MN, for 30 years.

Dan and his wife, Dee, moved to Red Wing in 2004 and have become active community volunteers.  Dan served on the City Council from 2009 through 2012.

“I will be a visible, available, and dedicated advocate for this community. As Red Wing citizens, you are active, innovative, and caring, so I will seek your input and involvement in making decisions that affect us all.  Together we need to strengthen our economic base while preserving our natural and historic character.  I look forward to working with all of you building a bright future in this vibrant, unique community.” 


Jason SebionJason Sebion

Council Member, First Ward
Term: January 2013 to January 2017
E-mail: jsebion3@gmail.com     
Phone: 651.388.1214   

Jason Sebion brings a new perspective from a younger generation, along with local knowledge.  After graduating from Red Wing High School, Jason attended Minnesota State College Southeast Technical.  He graduated from the Heating and Air Conditioning program and then attended Dunwoody Institute, where he completed the Minneapolis Pipefitters Apprenticeship Program.  Jason is employed by Division 23 Mechanical Services.

Jason still lives in the neighborhood where he grew up.  He represents lifelong neighbors and friends.  “I know the people.  We all want to maintain our small town atmosphere and keep Red Wing a great place for families.”

Jason is focused on strong public safety, as well as the need to boost our tax base by making Red Wing a  more attractive place to do business.  “New investment means new jobs and new tax revenues, which keeps the lid on property taxes for homeowners.”

Jason Sebion wants ongoing input from residents.  “I am hoping to maintain a dialogue with citizens that keeps their ideas coming my way.  I want to be the council member that everyone feels comfortable calling with any concerns.”

Jason and his wife Ramona have two elementary school age children.


Lisa Pritchard Bayleylisa bayley

Council President
Council Member, Second Ward
Term: January 2013 to January 2017
E-mail: lisa.bayley@ci.red-wing.mn.us
Phone: 651.388.7638

Lisa has a Bachelor's Degree from Harvard University and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Lisa said, "I want to work on building a strong Red Wing for the future. My professional and personal experiences, in the public sector as a public prosecutor, as counsel to the Wabasha County Board and a community volunteer have prepared me well. I want to be an active advocate for citizen involvement, strengthening Red Wing's economic base, and building on the traditions of our community. I ran on a platform of open government and common sense decision making. Working together, we can make Red Wing stronger now and for our children."


Dean Hove dean hove

Council Member, First & Second Wards (combined)
Term: January 2011 to January 2015
E-mail: deanhove@charter.net
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. He is the owner of Hove Metals of Red Wing.

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."


Michael Schultz mike schultz

Council President Pro Tem
Council Member, Third Ward
Term: January 2011 to January 2015
E-mail: michael.v.schultz@charter.net
Phone: 651.388.3178

Mike has been the CEO/Administrator of St. Brigid’s at Hi Park for 13 years, Operations Manager for Health Dimensions and Benedictine Health System for six years, and County Commissioner for Carlton County for four years.

He has Bachelor’s degree’s from the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-River Falls in Business Administration and Community Planning.

"I want to keep spending in line with revenues. We need to be vigilant to keep our tax dollars in line with what citizens and businesses can truly afford. Citizens want wise planning for future growth. I support a Comprehensive Riverfront Plan and moratorium on building in the Upper Harbor. I will work to keep our natural areas pristine and available to everyone. Low taxes, wise spending and smart growth - combined with a strong focus on public safety measures - will maintain our excellent quality of life well into the future."


Peggy Rehder peggy rehder

Council Member, Fourth Ward
Term: January 2011 to January 2015
E-mail: peggy.rehder@ci.red-wing.mn.us
Phone: 651.388.4651

As one of the fifth generation of Rehders here in Red Wing, I ran to help invigorate our downtown, preserve our historic neighborhoods, and encourage responsible growth and economic development.

Community service is a Rehder family tradition. My grandfather John was instrumental in the building of the original Colvill Swimming Pool. He also served on the St Johns's Hospital Board for many years, as did my father Bob Sr. My mother Loraine volunteered throughout the city, and was a Juvenile Probation Officer for 20 years.

My background includes service on the staff of a U.S. Congressman, Director of Congressional Affairs for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, lobbyist for Minnesota local government entities at both the State and Federal level, Chair of the Goodhue County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and member of the Board of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority. I enjoy volunteer activities in church and throughout our community.


Ralph RauterkusRalph Rauterkus

Council Vice President
Council Member, Third & Fourth Wards (combined)
Term: January 2013 to January 2017
E-mail: ralph.rauterkus@ci.red-wing.mn.us
Phone: 651.388.7303

Council Member Ralph Rauterkus and his wife, Mary, chose to move to Mary’s hometown 26 years ago. He said, “With its excellent schools, diverse culture and caring citizens it’s the ideal community to raise our family and as I travel throughout the region I ‘m proud to represent our great city”.

 Ralph has a wealth of experience in the civic arena and in the private sector. He has served four years on the City Council, two years on the Port Authority, and five years on the Planning Commission. He has 32 years of technical and management experience working in high-tech manufacturing and is the Director of Information Systems at Polar Semiconductor, based in Bloomington. He said, “I have and will continue to put that knowledge and my management experience to work for the citizens of Red Wing”.

 When asked what his focus will be for his second term, Ralph responded, “During my first term I worked hard to serve our community - with integrity, passion and compassion. My focus is always on setting a solid foundation to position our City for a better tomorrow. I will continue to support healthy growth for our city while still preserving our community character and our natural environment. It will take patience and hard work to lead Red Wing into the future. While there are many challenges ahead, like strengthening the Downtown, expanding our tax base, managing Solid and Nuclear Waste and many more, I’m committed to making decisions based on what is best for the future of our community. Working together we can keep Red Wing strong and vibrant”.


Marilyn MeinkeMarilyn Meinke

Council Member-At-Large
Term: January 2011 to January 2015
E-mail: marilyn.meinke@ci.red-wing.mn.us  
Phone: 651.388.1004

Marilyn Meinke is a retired university researcher and teacher. She and husband Mike Melstad moved to Red Wing in 2008 to be part of a vibrant community that solves its own problems and creates its own future. Meinke chaired the Sustainability Commission and is an active volunteer at United Lutheran Church Stephen Ministry, AAUW, PEO and the Fairview Red Wing Hospital Auxiliary. She stays active in science by volunteering at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Meinke said, "I am running because citizens should be represented by a councilperson that listens, researches issues carefully and makes thoughtful decisions that address the best interests of all. I believe: Citizen involvement is central to sustainability and essential to building on our strong traditions. Decisions must be open and inclusive. We must live within our means, making financial decisions that best match what we need with what we can afford."