Council Disrespects mayor and 'we the people' (Republican Eagle July 3, 2021

Letter: Keeping the heat on City Hall

The current City Council recall effort represents a monumental achievement by Red Wing citizens. Think about it: Democrats, Independents and Republicans all amassed more than 6,000 signatures from more than 2,000 different citizens. From Main Street to Water Street, from East End to Burnside, Red Wing residents are making their voices heard.

Apparently, six of seven council members wish to suppress the peasant uprising and cancel their right to vote in a special recall election. Opposing the very citizens these elected officials report to seems like the typical playbook for the political ruling class. Make no mistake, the summer heat isn't going away anytime soon and neither are the voices of Red Wing citizens.

Paul Kampe Red Wing Letter to the Editor July 10, 2021 - The Republican Eagle

Letter: Pohlman deserves wholehearted support

Red Wing residents speak up for chief of police

4:36 pm, Feb. 16, 2021

Under the guise of “social justice" our ill-conceived Advisory Commission has conned our City Council into challenging the police department here in Red Wing. Working behind the scenes, advisory members have bad-mouthed our dedicated policemen and seek to micromanage police affairs.

Roger Pohlman is a true public servant and a great police chief, always fair and honest in his dealings with everyone. He deserves our wholehearted support.

I hope that everyone who agrees with me will tell their City Councilperson that law and order are the police chief's job and Roger Pohlman is doing it the way it should be done.

City Council puts public safety at risk

Feb. 16, 2021

Make no mistake. The safety of every Red Wing resident has been put in jeopardy by the City Council’s unfounded, outrageous, and politically motivated decision to remove Roger Pohlman from his position as police chief. There is no finer law enforcement officer here in Minnesota, or anywhere in America, than Roger Pohlman.

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. They do not include Roger Pohlman. Stay tuned.

Column: Red Wing mayor fields questions about police chief's departure

"The Mayor is IN" is a monthly column that appears in the Republican Eagle and online.

Written By: Mike Wilson, Red Wing mayor | 7:00 am, Mar. 8, 2021

With COVID and so much else going on, it takes a lot to get people any more worked up and worried than they already are. But I’m really getting an earful about the City Council’s decision to fire our now former police chief, Roger Pohlman.

Red Wing citizens are calling, emailing, and stopping by my Third Street office. They are puzzled about the process, or lack of it, and furious about the outcome.

From what I see and hear, community support for him is overwhelming. In fact, I’ve received exactly two – yes, just two – emails from people who thought the council made the right decision. That’s it. Checking my notes from folks who have stopped by the office, called, or emailed, these points come up again and again.”

“The chief didn’t get a fair shake.”

“What ever happened to due process? Why weren’t citizens allowed to speak at the council meeting?”

“Why wasn’t Chief Pohlman allowed to attend and speak in his own defense? What kind of a kangaroo court is the council running?”

“Chief Pohlman treated people with respect, honesty, and kindness. I can’t believe what they did.”

“Looks like they had their own agenda and fired him for reasons that remain secret. Why weren’t citizen taxpayers allowed to weigh in?”

You get the idea. And when I met with members of our police force, to a person they expressed support and admiration for Pohlman. Quite frankly, I’m concerned about morale on the force, and about our ability to keep the top flight cops who have served Red Wing so well.

I’m also hearing plenty about what some are calling the taxpayer funded, multi-million dollar proposed “Bridge to Nowhere” that would link Bay Point Park to West End businesses. More on that later.

When “The Mayor is IN” sign is out at 327 Third St., feel free to stop in and share your ideas and opinions.

Or email me anytime at: Remember, if it’s important to you, it’s important to me.

Don’t forget to tune in to KCUE Radio 1250 at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month for “A Conversation With Mike.” It’s a live interview where you get to ask the questions. And I’ll also share the topics that were discussed, and what will be discussed, at the Council meetings the second and fourth Monday of each month.

Letter: Red Wing, the shining city in the valley that was

If Red Wing is to regain the status, we need dramatically different leadership.

Apr. 6, 2021

Just over 10 years ago, I moved my family here from the Twin Cities region. At that time, Red Wing was a family-focused community with a strong job market, a strong public safety record, and a welcoming place for small-businesses.

Red Wing was considered a highly attractive place to live and had recently made national news when it was named the 23rd best historic destination in the world by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. The magazine even posted the following description on its website: "A wonderful river community that still has the wonderful charm of a small community." Incredibly, Red Wing was one of only four cities in the entire United States to make that list. With a strong community of families and small businesses, it could be said that Red Wing was a "shining city in the valley".

Fast forward to the last few years and Red Wing looks considerably different: shuttered businesses, empty downtown storefronts, soaring property taxes, runaway spending on things like the Bridge to Nowhere, and an entire community left with unanswered questions after the closed-door termination of our city police chief and leader of public safety.

If we're going to make news headlines for something other than a city in decline, we need dramatically different priorities. If Red Wing is to regain the status of a "shining city in the valley," we need dramatically different leadership.

Letter: Red Wing City Council's treatment of Roger Pohlman seems unfair

We are beginning to question if living here is such a good idea after all.

Written By: Donna & Dennis Yecke, Red Wing | 9:19 am, Mar. 22, 2021

My husband and I were “snowbirds” for 17 years, living in Arizona for seven months and Red Wing for five months. Almost two years ago, despite Arizonans and Minnesotans telling us we were crazy, we moved to Red Wing full time.

We loved this lovely little town, and felt safe and secure. But not so much anymore.

Now we are hearing about how the police chief was fired by the City Council -- with no explanation to us citizens, no warning or time for him to speak, even though he had been a fine public servant.

We have lived in many places, but not heard of a person being treated so unfairly. And are beginning to question if living here is such a good idea after all. all.

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