Recall Dean Hove Effort Restarts on Tuesday, June 8th

Statement by the Red Wing Recall City Hall Committee

Bureaucrats paid by the City of Red Wing found technical reasons to reject the first petition, signed by hundreds of citizens, to recall Council member Dean Hove for participating in secret meetings in violation of Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law.

On Tuesday, June 8th, we will restart our recall effort of Dean Hove, with a general meeting at 7 pm at New River Church. Residents of Wards 1 & 2 will be able to sign the new petition starting at 6:30 pm. Invite your like-minded friends to join us in recalling 6 of 7 council members.

Thanks in advance for your understanding and support in helping make Red Wing an even better place to live, work and do business.

Why a Recall?

  • Secret Meetings: The current City Council has held meetings out of sight from taxpaying citizens and the press, which breaks the open meeting law.

  • Personal Agendas: The current City Council has wasted taxpayer dollars on expensive and unnecessary "advisory panels", to further their own personal political goals.

  • Outrageous Spending: Projects such as the multi-million dollar, taxpayer-funded pedestrian bridge ("to nowhere") connecting Bay Point Park and the West End District is not only irresponsible spending, but also completely unnecessary spending.

  • Lack of Respect: A recent survey (that city leaders tried to keep secret) reveals that 27 out of 28 Red Wing Police Officers do not feel they have the support of our City Council.

  • Disregarding Public Safety: The politically motivated firing of the Former Police Chief has left our RWPD with low morale and a lack of trust in our City Council. Without a proper leader, the Police Department is not able to be as effective in keeping our city, our businesses, and our residents safe.


'Recall City Hall' was established to restore common sense, transparency, & decency to Red Wing City Government!

Meeting behind closed doors, six out of seven members of the Red Wing City council listened to the voices of a small group of protesters and fired now-former Police Chief Roger Pohlman, who had poured his heart and would into serving red wing as chief for the past eight years.

  • Pohlman was not accorded time to prepare to speak, nor were taxpaying Red Wing citizens allowed in the meeting.

  • In response, citizens presented the City Council with a petition of more than 250 names, urging the reinstate pohlman as Police Chief. This petition was ignored.

  • Shortly after Pohlman was fired, a large group of Red Wing citizens - Democrats, Republicans, and independents met and made the decision to hold these six Council Members accountable. How? By removing them from office through a Special Recall Election.

Let us be clear. There are elected and appointed officials here in Red Wing who need to be fired for the good of our community.

Ron and Cathy Goggin, with the Recall City Hall Committee, speak with a person in their doorway while canvassing a neighborhood asking residents to sign petitions to recall city council members Monday, April 19, 2021, in Red Wing. (Joe Ahlquist /

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RED WING — Marching up Finrud Avenue and back, Cathy and Ron Goggin had a lot of conversations, fielded a bunch of questions, and collected enough signatures to call it a good day.

"Cathy and I got 18 for Dean (Hove), 19 for Laurel (Stinson) and six for Kim (Beise)," said Ron Goggin, after adding up the night's haul of signatures from Finrud Avenue and Hickory Street as well as a few other spots in their Ward 1 neighborhood. "I talked to two other volunteers that had just done Fern Avenue. They had 16 for Dean and Laurel. I don't know how many they had for Kim."

By Cathy Goggin's count, that was somewhere north of 100 signatures collected to recall Council Member Dean Hove, with just a few of the 19 volunteers in her ward reporting after three days of canvassing. That's of the 1,042 needed to recall Hove across two wards total, according to figures from the Minnesota Secretary of State's office. The signature requirement is calculated at 20 percent of the number of registered voters in those wards at the time of the most recent election, Nov. 3, 2020.

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