Red Wing Police Department

  • Agency: Red Wing Police Department
  • Address: 430 West 6th Street, Red Wing, 55066 MN
  • Chief: Tim Sletten (Chief of Police)
Phone: 651.385.3155
Fax: 651.267.2669

Red Wing Police Department is located at 430 West 6th Street, Red Wing, 55066 MN. The Chief of Police of the department is Tim Sletten. The Red Wing Police Department phone number is 651.385.3155.

Red Wing Police Department News

October 22, 2018 Ask the Chief Q: Is it legal to blow all your leaves from your yard into the street? Great question for this time of year, as the trees lose their leaves, many of our friends and neighbors will be out raking their leaves an hauling them to the compost pile at the local Waste Campus. There is no fee for disposal of compost – leaves and grass clippings at the Waste Campus. There are restrictions and guidelines for disposal of compost within residential areas, City Code Section 10.03, Special Waste Collection and Disposal provide requirements on backyard compost sites, and you cannot dump your compost on another person’s property. Addressing your specific question City Code Section 7.07, Obstruction in Streets, Subdivision 3, dumping in Streets, states that it is a misdemeanor for any person to throw or deposit in any street or public sidewalk any nails, dirt, glass or glassware, cans, discarded cloth or clothing, metal scraps, garbage, leaves, grass or tree limbs, paper or paper products, shreds or rubbish, oil, grease or other petroleum products, or to empty any water containing salt or other injurious chemical thereon. It is a violation of this Section to haul any such material, inadequately enclosed or covered, thereby permitting the same to fall upon streets or public sidewalks. It is also a violation of this Section to place or store any building materials or waste resulting from building construction or demolition on any street, boulevard or public sidewalk without first obtaining an approved Public Use of Private Property application from the Public Works Department. It is also illegal to place grass, leaves or brush in your household refuse cart. Section 10.01, Storage, Deposit, Separation, Collection and Disposal of Solid Waste for Residential states that the City of Red Wing Solid Waste Department will provide each household one 48-gallon cart at no cost. This cart is the property of the City of Red Wing and shall not be removed from the address if the resident should move. The cart shall only be removed from the property by duly authorized personnel of the Solid Waste Department. If the cart is stolen, the resident shall report the theft to the Red Wing Police Department and the Solid Waste Department. Construction material (sheetrock, concrete, brick, rocks, shingles), yard waste (grass, leaves, brush), dirt, electronics (TV’s, computers, VCR’s, DVD players, CD players, cell phones, fax machines, and printers), and hazardous waste (liquid paint, fluorescent light bulbs, etc.) are considered UNACCEPTABLE WASTE for disposal with your residential refuse. Carts containing unacceptable waste shall not be emptied until such time as the items are removed from the cart. It shall be illegal to use another Person’s Solid Waste Storage container for disposal of refuse without the consent of that person. Violations of City Code may be reported to the Red Wing Police Department, non-emergency number at 651-385-3155. References: 1. City of Red Wing, City Code, Chapter 10, Public Protection, Crimes and Offenses. Section 10.01, Storage, Separation, Deposit, Collection, and Disposal of Solid Waste for Residential and Multiple Dwellings and Industrial and Commercial Service. 2. City of Red Wing City Code, Chapter 7, Streets and Sidewalks Generally, Section 7.07 Obstructions in Streets. Please Note: Please feel free to share this Q & A on your social media sites or in your organization’s newsletter. “Ask The Chief” is a weekly post allowing readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in the city of Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance our community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs, and the Department in general. Submit your question to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us Answers will be posted every Monday to the RWPD social media sites and in the Wednesday edition of the Republican Eagle. I anticipate receiving between 10-20 emails each week, and I will do my best to respond, however, I cannot answer everyone. Thank you in advance for understanding. #RWPD.

October 15, 2018 Ask the Chief Q: I visited my daughter at college last week, and had a conversation about fake ID's. She said several of her dorm mates suggested she purchase a fake ID so she can go to the bars with them. The advice I gave my daughter was not to do this because she could get into trouble. Could you back me up with information? Good advice Mom, you are right! Purchasing a fake ID OR attempting to alter you Driver’s License or Identification card is NOT a good idea and here is why: Minnesota Statute 171.22, Unlawful Acts Relating to Driver’s License: 1. To display, cause or permit to be displayed, or have in possession, any fictitious or fraudulently altered driver's license or Minnesota identification card; 2. To lend the person's driver's license or Minnesota identification card to any other person or knowingly permits the use thereof by another; 3. To display or represent as one's own any driver's license or Minnesota identification card not issued to that person; 4. To use a fictitious name or date of birth to any police officer or in any application for a driver's license or Minnesota identification card, or to knowingly make a false statement, or to knowingly conceal a material fact, or otherwise commit a fraud in any such application; 5. To alter any driver's license or Minnesota identification card. Violation is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Minnesota Statute 609.506, Prohibiting Giving Peace Officer False Name: 1. It is a misdemeanor to provide a Peace Officer a false name and date of birth. 2. It is a gross misdemeanor to provide a Peace Officer the name and date of birth of another person as your own. Your child's University may also have a "Student Code of Conduct" policy which may also have administrative penalties. I know your daughter would like to go out with her older friends, but underage drinking may have legal, health (alcoholism) and employment (employee background checks) consequences. Mom, I commend you for building a relationship with your daughter that allowed her to be comfortable talking with you about this matter, you’re doing a great job keep it up. Stay aware and Stay safe. References: 1. Minnesota Statute 171.22, Unlawful Acts Relating to Driver’s License. Online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/171.22 2. Minnesota Statute 609.506, Prohibiting Giving Peace Officer False Name. Online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/609.506 Please Note: Please feel free to share this Q & A on your social media sites or in your organization’s newsletter. “Ask The Chief” is a weekly post allowing readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in the city of Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance our community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs, and the Department in general. Submit your question to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us Answers will be posted every Monday to the RWPD social media sites and in the Wednesday edition of the Republican Eagle. I anticipate receiving between 10-20 emails each week, and I will do my best to respond, however, I cannot answer everyone. Thank you in advance for understanding. #RWPD.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country. Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes -- it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it. Since the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994, we’ve come a long way. This landmark legislation, led by then Senator Joe Biden, combined new provisions that hold offenders accountable and provide programs and services for victims. Between 1993 and 2010, the overall rate of domestic violence dropped nearly two-thirds and state laws have reformed to address issues such as dating abuse in the workplace, stalking, employment discrimination and more. http://www.mcbw.org/dvam http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/f4bdb8_f5cf4235be8743bdbab6b7f71bb65522.pdf https://www.breakthecycle.org/

Save the Date! This year's R.W.P.D. Grinchmas Photo Booth is going to be better than ever with four backdrops to choose from. We will be handing out treat bags, 2019 emergency management calendars, and Grinch face masks. So you don't want to miss it! Save the date, Friday, November 23, 2018, from 3 to 7 pm at the St. James Hotel in the Laurentine room. The best part... it's free!

October 8, 2018 Ask the Chief Q: I have noticed a couple of vehicles in town not displaying a front license plate. Is this a requirement or is it optional? Thank you for this question, the short answer and good rule of thumb to follow, is if the state of issuance provides you with two plates, then you are required to mount both plates to the vehicle assigned. Plates must be mounted on the outer most edge of the vehicle, NOT placed in the windshield of the vehicle! Vehicle license plate display is covered under Minnesota Statute 169.79, Vehicle Registration, Displaying License Plates. Subdivision 7 states: All plates must be (1) securely fastened so as to prevent them from swinging, (2) displayed horizontally with the identifying numbers and letters facing outward from the vehicle, and (3) mounted in the upright position. The person driving the motor vehicle shall keep the plate legible and unobstructed and free from grease, dust, or other blurring material so that the lettering is plainly visible at all times. It is unlawful to cover any assigned letters and numbers or the name of the state of origin of a license plate with any material whatever, including any clear or colorless material that affects the plate's visibility or reflectivity. Also, when displaying registration tabs, the month of expiration must be placed in the lower left corner of each license plate and the year of expiration displayed in the lower right corner of the license plate. I would like to add in reference to tab placement, your license plate is NOT a Bingo card, placing expiration year stickers down the center and four corners is not allowed, and yes I have seen this done and yes they were ticketed. Minnesota Statute does allow for only one plate to be displayed in special circumstances, such as with motorcycles, scooters, farm tractor trailers and other situations. Please refer to the statute for exemptions. Violation of this statute is a petty misdemeanor, with a potential fine of $30 and $75 surcharge fee for a total cost of $105. References: 1. Minnesota Statute 169. 79, Vehicle Registration, Displaying License Plates. Located online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/169.79 Please Note: Please feel free to share this Q & A on your social media sites or in your organization’s newsletter. “Ask The Chief” is a weekly post allowing readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in the city of Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance our community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs, and the Department in general. Submit your question to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us. Answers will be posted every Monday to the RWPD social media sites. I anticipate receiving between 10-20 emails each week and I will do my best to respond, however, I cannot answer everyone. Thank you in advance for understanding.

Thank You to the students of St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Red Wing for the nice appreciation banner presented to Sergeant Joe Juliar and Officer Chad Steffen last Sunday! It is hanging in the hallway outside of our squad room for all the officers to see. It is an honor to serve such a wonderful community!

Remember, Wednesday at 1:18 PM the Wireless Emergency Alert System will be tested!

October 1, 2018 Ask the Chief Q: What is the best way to dispose of unwanted/expired medication? Thank you for this important question, the best way to dispose of unwanted medication is through a prescription drug “drop box” or Drug Enforcement Agency “take back” day. In Red Wing, the nearest drop box is at the Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center, 430 West 6th Street, just inside the front door, to the right. DEA take back day is October 27, 2018 and can also be dropped off at our local drop box. Proper disposal is important for two reasons, first, to keep pharmaceuticals out of our drinking water and second, to help prevent addiction and abuse. The Pioneer Press published an article entitled “Pharmaceuticals found in U.S. drinking water” on March 9, 2008 and updated on November 13, 2015 (https://www.twincities.com/2008/03/09/pharmaceuticals-found-in-u-s-drinking-water/). This article discusses the kind of medication that is found in some tested drinking water and how this medication enters the drinking water system. Also, American Rivers.org, stated that pharmaceuticals first showed up in our waterways in 2002, and discusses proper disposal methods (https://www.americanrivers.org/threats-solutions/clean-water/pharmaceuticals-personal-care/). This article states that on average, Americans fill 3.7 billion prescriptions per year, and that the two major causes of pharmaceuticals entering the waterways are: medication not fully utilized and excreted from the body and improper disposal of unwanted medication by flushing down the toilet. Recently, City of Red Wing, Wastewater Treatment Plant employees have noticed an increase in the amount of pills showing up at the plant, this tells me that we need to do a better job of getting the word out, concerning proper disposal of medications/pharmaceuticals. One step in the fight against opioid addiction is proper disposal of medication/pharmaceuticals. Individuals addicted to opioids have admitted that a good source of pills for their addiction is in the medicine cabinets of family and friends. To help defeat this, we recommend properly storing your medications in your home, and when no longer needed, dispose of them properly at a local prescription drug “drop box”. In Red Wing our drop box is located at the Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center and is accessible 24 hours per day. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency licenses each drop off location, and requires an annual report of how many pounds were disposed of. In 2017, we disposed of 632 pounds of unwanted medication. In Minnesota only two agencies can collect discarded pharmaceuticals: Law enforcement agencies operated by government entities and Pharmacies licensed by the Board and authorized by the DEA. The MPCA fact sheet also addresses who can bring pharmaceuticals to a drop box: pharmaceuticals that include any controlled substances, only the prescription holder, a member of their immediate household, the executor of their property if they are deceased or law enforcement agencies may bring the controlled substances to the collection box. School staff may not transport abandoned student controlled substances to a law enforcement collection box by themselves. Questions regarding prescription drug drop box/take back can be directed to the Red Wing Police Department, Captain Tony Grosso at 651-267-2611. References: 1. ”Pharmaceuticals found in U.S. drinking water”, Pioneer Press, November 13, 2015. Found online at: https://www.twincities.com/2008/03/09/pharmaceuticals-found-in-u-s-drinking-water/ 2. “Pharmaceuticals in the Water Supply”, American Rivers.Org, found online at: https://www.americanrivers.org/threats-solutions/clean-water/pharmaceuticals-personal-care/ 3. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – proper disposal, found online at: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/living-green/managing-unwanted-medications 4. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – law enforcement fact sheet, found online at: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/w-hhw2-06.pdf 5. WebMD Article on Curbing Drug Abuse, located online at: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20120925/safe-drug-disposal-curbs-drug-abuse#1 Please Note: Please feel free to share this Q & A on your social media sites or in your organization’s newsletter. “Ask The Chief” is a weekly post allowing readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in the city of Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance our community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs, and the Department in general. Submit your question to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us. Answers will be posted every Monday to the RWPD social media sites. I anticipate receiving between 10-20 emails each week and I will do my best to respond, however, I cannot answer everyone. Thank you in advance for understanding.

September 24, 2018 Ask the Chief Q: I like to take a walk by myself after supper to clear my thoughts from a busy workday and to burn a few calories. Could you provide a few tips on personal safety and how to respond to an attacker? Great question, many of our citizens enjoy walking in their neighborhoods. Remember, Minnesota Statute (169.21) requires pedestrians to use a sidewalk, when one is present and usable. If no sidewalk is available, pedestrians may walk on the far left side of the street/road, facing/yielding to on-coming traffic. You stated that you enjoy walking by yourself, if walking with a friend is not an option, here are a few precautions you can take to ensure your safety while walking at night by yourself: 1. Avoid being distracted by your cell phone or your music devices. Earbuds reduce your awareness of your surroundings, and you might not hear somebody approach you from behind and makes you more vulnerable to an attack. Being aware of your surroundings is one of the best things you can do to ensure your safety! 2. Have a planned route in advance (depart time and return time) and share this route with a family member or friend. Walk at a steady, brisk pace, and walk facing traffic to keep yourself visible. 3. Keep your hands free so that you can respond quickly to a fall or to an attacker. By wearing your purse crossways over the body, a headlamp on your forehead, placing your pepper spray in one pocket your charged cell phone in the other, and clipping a whistle to your shirt or jacket will keep your hands free and available to respond appropriately to a fall or an attack. 4. Always wear reflective clothing. Reflective clothing enables others to see you as you walk at night. 5. When walking at night, always use a route frequented by others to decrease your chances of being alone and becoming a victim of a crime. 6. There are apps that you can download, like the Companion app, that allow your friends or family members to monitor you as you walk alone at night. The app shares your departure time, your route and your current location on the route, and will notify your friends once you have safely arrived at home. To answer your question regarding how you should respond to an attack, Iwould like to encourage you to consider enrolling in a self-defense class. These classes will teach basic self-defense skills starting with how to avoid dangerous scenarios and also techniques for multiple types of attacks. References: 1. Minnesota Statute 169.21, Pedestrians. Located online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/2017/cite/169.21?keyword_type=all&keyword=pedestrian 2. Minnesota Department of Public Safety: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/pedestrians-bicycles/Pages/default.aspx 3. Minnesota Department of Transportation: https://www.dot.state.mn.us/peds/education/index.html 4. Minnesota Walking Trails: https://www.traillink.com/stateactivity/mn-walking-trails/ 5. Apps make sure you never walk home alone: https://getbsafe.com/ 6. WCCO Video: https://youtu.be/eDXA-R0Svhk 7. U of M Video: https://youtu.be/WCSli7QBUy4 Please Note: Please feel free to share this Q & A on your social media sites or in your organization’s newsletter. “Ask The Chief” is a weekly post allowing readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in the city of Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance our community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs, and the Department in general. Submit your question to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us. Answers will be posted every Monday to the RWPD social media sites. I anticipate receiving between 10-20 emails each week and I will do my best to respond, however, I cannot answer everyone. Thank you in advance for understanding.

Tornado Watch for Goodhue County, Minnesota From 3:34pm CDT, Thu Sep 20 until 11:00pm CDT, Thu Sep 20 Action Recommended: Attend to information sources as described in the instructions Issued by: Minneapolis - MN, US, National Weather Service, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 384 IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN MINNESOTA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 16 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA SIBLEY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA DAKOTA SCOTT IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA BLUE EARTH BROWN FARIBAULT FREEBORN LE SUEUR MARTIN NICOLLET RICE STEELE WASECA WATONWAN IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA GOODHUE IN SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA REDWOOD THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALBERT LEA, BLUE EARTH, FAIRMONT, FARIBAULT, GAYLORD, HASTINGS, LE SUEUR, MANKATO, NEW ULM, OWATONNA, RED WING, REDWOOD FALLS, SHAKOPEE, ST JAMES, ST PETER, AND WASECA.

Red Wing Police Department Respond to Roll-Over Vehicle Crash Red Wing, MN: On September 19, 2018 at approximately 3:33 PM, Officers of the Red Wing Police Department were dispatched to a single vehicle roll-over crash, with the vehicle resting on its roof in a ravine, west of Spring Creek Road, just south of Graves Drive. Upon arrival RWPD Officer investigated the scene and heard voices coming from the vehicle, the officer immediately contacted dispatch requesting medics. Further investigation and occupant extrication from the vehicle by Red Wing Fire Department personnel, included a 7 year old female, 1 ½ year old male and a 7 month old female. Passengers were all transported via Red Wing Fire Ambulance to the Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Red Wing. The driver of the vehicle was deceased at the scene and later identified as a 27 year old Red Wing female; the name is being withheld pending family notification. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The Red Wing Police Department was assisted at the scene by Red Wing Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Goodhue County Social Services and Regional Medical Examiner.

The Red Wing Police Department wishes you a "HAPPY CONSTITUTION DAY"!

September 17, 2018 Ask the Chief Q: I work nights, so I sleep during the day. My neighbor loves to listen to his radio loudly while he gardens, which happens to be near my house. What can I do to have a little more quiet in my neighborhood? A couple years ago, I asked him if he could turn the radio down a little, but this upset him and we are no longer speaking. It sounds to me, no pun intended, that your neighbor is directly affecting your quality of life. So how do you determine if a neighbor is too loud? If you can plainly hear the neighbor's music while you're inside a building then it seems like the City's ordinance Chapter 10, Section 10.17, Noise may be broken. Section 10.17 states: Subd. 1. No person shall make, continue or cause to be made or continued, any loud, and/or unnecessary noise, which is reasonably likely to annoy, disturb, injure or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others provided that this section shall not be construed to apply to singing or playing of musical instruments and other mechanical means inside churches, nor entertainments carried on in public buildings, where an admission fee is charged therefor, nor noise of manufacturing institutions. Subd. 2. The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud and unnecessary noises in violation of this section, but their enumeration here shall not be deemed exclusive, nor the list exhaustive: - Radios, phonographs, etc. The using, operating or permitting to be played, used or operated, any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound in a manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of persons in the vicinity or at any time with louder volume than is necessary for convenient hearing for the person or persons who are in the room, vehicle or chamber in which such machine or device is operated and who are voluntary listeners thereto. The operation of any such set, instrument, phonograph, machine or device between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., in a manner as to be plainly audible at a distance of fifty feet from the building, structure or vehicle in which it is located shall be prima facie evidence for a violation of this section. - Loudspeakers and amplifiers. The using, operating or permitting use or operation of any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph, loudspeaker, sound amplifier or other machine or device for the purpose of commercial advertising, campaigning, or the attraction of attention of the public to any building or structure. - Yelling, shouting, etc. Yelling or shouting, particularly between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., or at any time or place so as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort, or repose of any person in the vicinity whether outdoors, or within a structure. There are other violations and exemptions to the policy; however these primarily address your concern. If you believe a violation has occurred, please contact the Police non-emergency number at 651-385-3155. It is also important to note that City Zoning requirements may restrict or allow certain activities day or night, and they may differ from residential to commercial property, which may also be affected by State or local sound limits. I can't stress enough how important it is to be a good, respectful neighbor. References: 1. City of Red Wing, City Code, Chapter 10, Section 10.17, Noise. 2. Minnesota Pollution Control: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/noise-pollution. Please Note: Please feel free to share this Q & A on your social media sites or in your organization’s newsletter. “Ask The Chief” is a weekly post allowing readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in the city of Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance our community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs, and the Department in general. Submit your question to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us. Answers will be posted every Monday to the RWPD social media sites. I anticipate receiving between 10-20 emails each week and I will do my best to respond, however, I cannot answer everyone. Thank you in advance for understanding.

Great day to stop out at the Hispanic Heritage Festival in Central Park! Stop out and say hello.

Main Street Crosswalk Striping Repairs (September 14, 2018, Red Wing, Minn.) – The City of Red Wing Engineering Department would like to inform you that crews will be repairing damaged crosswalk striping on the Main Street/Broad Street/West Avenue/East Avenue and Main Street/Plum Street intersections on Sunday night and Monday night beginning at 7:00pm each night and ending by 5:00am the next morning. This work will involve lane closures where the crews are working, but Main Street, Broad Street, West Avenue, East Avenue, and Plum Street will continue to be open to through traffic during this work. Motorists are encouraged to stay alert, drive carefully through all work zones, and use alternate routes whenever possible. Thank you in advance for your patience!

No Parking on Portions of Levee Road Beginning Monday, September 17, 2018 (September 14, 2018, Red Wing, Minn.) – The City of Red Wing Public Works Department would like to inform you that there will be no parking on the portion of Levee Road from the bulkheads to Withers Harbor Drive beginning Monday, September 17th. There will be single lane traffic with lane shifts to allow for equipment and trucks working on the dredging of the small boat harbor. In addition, there will be no fishing or parking on the west bulkhead. The work will be conducted weekdays, Monday through Friday with no restrictions on Saturdays and Sundays for the duration of the project. The dredging of the small boat harbor is expected to take approximately three weeks, weather dependent with traffic patterns and parking returning to normal when the work is completed. Traffic control will be in place. Drivers are encouraged to avoid this area. Motorists are encouraged to stay alert and drive carefully through all work zones and use alternate routes whenever possible. Thank you in advance for your patience!

We have NO information regarding targeted threats in our area, however due to Terrorist cells using the internet and media channels for their purposes, we feel it is important to share the latest "National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin" for information and as a reminder that if you do see something suspicious, please report it to local law enforcement. https://www.dhs.gov/ntas/advisory/ntas_18_0914_0001

Come out and support this worthy cause as the Red Wing Area First Responders will play the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) at the Prairie Island Sports Complex! Friday, September 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM, Admission is FREE.

September 10, 2018 Ask the Chief Q: Is there a process for the care and handling of a pet that I am no longer able to care for? Thank you for asking this question, life situations happen, which may result in financial, health reasons or changes in living conditions that do not allow for the continued care of pets. In my law enforcement career I have seen pets that are part of the family and treated as one would treat a child, and I have seen the other side were pets are treated as property or a thing to be disposed of when no longer wanted/needed. By asking this question, you care for your pet and wish to do the humane – right thing, but first I would like to talk about the penalties for not doing the right thing! Minnesota Statute 343.21, Overworking or Mistreating Animals cover the following: Subd 1. Torture. No person shall overdrive, overload, torture, cruelly beat, neglect, or unjustifiably injure, maim, mutilate, or kill any animal, or cruelly work any animal when it is unfit for labor, whether it belongs to that person or to another person. Subd. 2. Nourishment; shelter. No person shall deprive any animal over which the person has charge or control of necessary food, water, or shelter. Subd. 3. Enclosure. No person shall keep any cow or other animal in any enclosure without providing wholesome exercise and change of air. Subd. 4. Low feed. No person shall feed any cow on food which produces impure or unwholesome milk. Subd. 5. Abandonment. No person shall abandon any animal. Subd. 6. Temporary abandonment. No person shall allow any maimed, sick, infirm, or disabled animal to lie in any street, road, or other public place for more than three hours after receiving notice of the animal's condition. Subd. 7. Cruelty. No person shall willfully instigate or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal or animals, or any act tending to produce cruelty to animals. Violation of this statute is a misdemeanor, 2nd offense within five years is a gross misdemeanor. City of Red Wing Code, Section 10.07, Animals and Fowl – Keeping, Transporting, Treatment and Housing states that it is illegal for anyone to treat an animal in a cruel or inhumane manner. Now that we have covered the penalties for mistreatment/abandonment of animals, the City of Red Wing has an agreement with the Humane Society of Goodhue County for the handling of strays and surrendered pets. Surrendered pets should be pre-arranged by calling the Humane Society and ensuring they have room, minimal cost is $50 (dependent on if the animal had all its shots, etc.) and is much cheaper than a criminal record and $300 fine. If the Humane Society does not have room, they have recommendations/options with other shelters in the area. You may also check with your veterinarian for other options. Please make the right choice, this past week RWPD was called to an emaciated dog and abandoned kittens. All are receiving the proper care. If you observe animal abuse please call the non-emergency number at 651-385-3155 so we can check on the welfare of the animal and ensure they are okay. References: 1. Minnesota Statute 343.21, Overworking or Mistreating Animals, Penalty. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/2017/cite/343.21?keyword_type=all&keyword=Animal+abandonment 2. Red Wing City Code, Chapter 10, Section 10.07 Animals and Fowl – Keeping, Transporting, Treatment and Housing Please Note: Please feel free to share this Q & A on your social media sites or in your organization’s newsletter. “Ask The Chief” is a weekly post allowing readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in the city of Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance our community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs, and the Department in general. Submit your question to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us. Answers will be posted every Monday to the RWPD social media sites. I anticipate receiving between 10-20 emails each week and I will do my best to respond, however, I cannot answer everyone. Thank you in advance for understanding.