RED WING — While the Red Wing Recall City Hall committee had collected enough signatures to recall City Council Member Dean Hove, the petition to recall Hove was rejected due to a technical mistake by the committee.

Tuesday, the committee met to launch a new recall effort for Hove, collecting about 50 signatures. Informational post cards have also been mailed to people who signed the rejected petition to let them know volunteers will be coming around to get a new signature on a petition that can be accepted by the city.

Currently, five of the seven members of the city council have completed petitions with enough signatures for a recall. However, the Red Wing City Council has voted against setting a recall election date, saying the basis for the recall does not meet the state standard or the standard in the city charter. Members of the recall committee have said they plan to take the city's decision to court.

Goodhue County to open offices to the public

RED WING — A limited number of Goodhue County government facilities will be open to the public to provide face-to-face services beginning June 28.

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Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to reschedule meetings, and unvaccinated people are encouraged to wear masks in county buildings. Services will continue to be available via appointment. Services open to the public include permits, passports, marriage applications, vital records, record research, property taxation and records, access to real estate document research, property tax payments, and candidate filings.

Health and Human Services options open include social services such as children, family and adult services, economic assistance such as income maintenance and child support, public health programs such as WIC, immunizations, family home visiting, and waiver services. Also, probation services through the courts will be available.

History Center now open to visitors in Winona

WINONA — The Winona County History Center is now open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The Winona County Historical Society. (Contributed photo)
The Winona County Historical Society. (Contributed photo)

The reopening of the history center museum with the change in COVID-19 regulations includes access to the Laird Lucas Library and Archives and the new art gallery in the Slaggie Family Lobby, which will feature artwork by regional artists. Most art by local artists will be available for sale, but the gallery is free to view.

Making History: The River Arts Alliance Showcase is on exhibit now through July 17.

The Winona County History Center is at 160 Johnson St. in Winona. Admission is $5 adults, $3 students, free for children 7 and younger, Blue Star families, students doing research, and WCHS members.

SMIF donates 23,622 children's books through region

OWATONNA — As part of its annual effort to help with literacy among young children, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation donated 23,622 children’s books valued at $420,472 to 47 organizations through its Early Literacy Grant Program.

The program supports early literacy efforts for children ages birth to age five by providing books.

Capstone and ABDO, Mankato-based publishers of children’s books and digital products and services, partnered with SMIF, which has previously partnered with both companies to distribute more than 100,000 books across the region through grants and programming.

"We are honored to help get books into the hands of many young children across the region," said DeMar Borth, Chief Operating Officer of ABDO.

Meanwhile, Capstone VP of Customer Relations Gail Beer, said, "We congratulate all of this year’s grant recipients and thank them for their important work helping children in our region. Through our continued partnership with Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, we are able to help communities succeed together.”

Among the school districts, city libraries and child care centers receiving books as part of the Early Literacy Grants program include Beary Patch Preschool, Spring Grove; Byron Public Schools; Chatfield Public Schools; Christmas in the City events, Taopi and Adams; Fillmore Central Community Education, Preston; Fillmore County Public Health Department; Kenyon-Wanamingo Schools Community Education; Kingsland Public Schools; Kiwanis Clubs of Southern Minnesota; Leroy-Ostrander Public Schools Community Education; Red Wing Public Schools; Rochester Public Schools; Rochester YMCA; Rushford-Peterson Schools; Saint Charles Public Schools; Spring Grove Public Schools; Stewartville Public Library; Stewartville Public Schools; The Children’s Museum of Rochester; Three Rivers Community Action Incorporated, Zumbrota; Triton Early Childhood Special Education; Triton Public Schools; and Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Elgin.