RED WING — The city of Red Wing will hold a special city council meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the request of former Police Chief Roger Pohlman.

Pohlman requested the meeting so he can "clear his name" regarding the reasons behind his termination on Feb. 19.

A letter signed by Council President Becky Norton states the city does not believe there is a need for such a hearing or that a name-clearing hearing is justified, but will honor Pohlman's request nonetheless.

Becky Norton
Becky Norton

"The right to a name-clearing hearing is triggered if a public employer makes stigmatizing allegations, in connection with the employee's discharge, in an official or intentional manner," Norton states in the letter, dated April 6. She goes on to quote a precedent-setting case, Correia v. Jones, that says any stigma must be significant and would usually involve allegations of "dishonesty, immorality, racism, or a similar character-demeaning charge."

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"No allegations of dishonesty, immorality, racism, or similar character demeaning charges were made by the City against you," Norton states in the letter.

In the Feb. 19 letter firing Pohlman, Norton said the reasons for the firing included a lack of trust by some members of the city council, lack of leadership in implementing policy initiatives, and non-timely communication with city council members and Red Wing residents.

Virtual open house hosted by MSC-SE on April 20

RED WING — Minnesota State College Southeast will hold a virtual open house for prospective students from 5-6:30 p.m. on April 20.

During the open house, the college, which has campuses in Red Wing and Winona, will waive its $20 fee for anyone who applies for admission.

The open house will be held via Zoom, so advanced registration will be required. After signing up, a Zoom link will be sent to participants.

"This open house is an excellent opportunity to learn about a number of different high-demand career fields, how to enroll in the college, how to access scholarships and financial aid, and more," said Admissions Representative Chris Cook.

After a brief welcome and overview by admissions staff, participants will be able to visit different "Zoom Rooms" to learn more about specific topics in-depth.

For more information or to register online, visit www.southeastmn.edu.

MnDOT planning to repave Highway 56 in LeRoy

LE ROY — The Minnesota Department of Transportation hosted a virtual meeting Tuesday to update the public on a proposed 2023 project to reconstruct Minnesota Highway 56 through downtown LeRoy.

The map shows the area and project scope of the planned reconstruction of Minnesota Highway 56 in downtown LeRoy in southern Mower County. The project is planned for 2023. (Map courtesy Minnesota Department of Transportation)
The map shows the area and project scope of the planned reconstruction of Minnesota Highway 56 in downtown LeRoy in southern Mower County. The project is planned for 2023. (Map courtesy Minnesota Department of Transportation)

The $11.2 million project would reconstruct approximately 1.2 miles of the highway while also improving drainage, updating sidewalks including improved crosswalks near the school and adding bike lanes through the two-block downtown area. MnDOT also will work with the city to replace aging utility infrastructure under the highway.

For more information about the project or to sign up for email updates, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy56-reconstruction/index.html.