The City of Caledonia will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate the start of construction of the new wastewater treatment facility. The ceremony will be held in the northwest corner of Parcel ID 21.1047.000—adjcaent to the City’s current wastewater treatment facility. State legislators, City Council members, City staff, and contractors will be present. All community members are welcome to attend. If you have questions about this notice, please contact City Clerk/Administrator Adam Swann at (507) 725-3450.
On Friday, August 20, 2021, national correspondent Kris Van Kleaves of CBS News interviewed Caledonia Mayor DeWayne “Tank” Schroeder about the announcement that Miken Sports would be closing its operations in Caledonia and offshoring many of the jobs to China. Mr. Kleaves also interviewed U.S. Senator Tina Smith, Caledonia residents Kari and Jerome Neumann, and Sarah Glasrud, owner of Good Times restaurant in Caledonia, about how they felt about the news and the impact it would have on Caledonia. CBS News aired the story on September 6, 2021 and then again on September 12, 2021.
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Sarah Pederson of Lucid Painting recently completed an 8′ x 48′ mural in downtown Caledonia at the site of the future pocket park. The mural was paid for by a $7,500 grant from the Arlin Falck Foundation. The project was spearheaded by the City of Caledonia’s StreetScapes/Caledonia Green Committee.
The City of Caledonia has received its 2020 Census results, and there is reason for optimism. The City’s 2020 Census population is 2,847. Although this number is slightly lower than the City’s 2010 Census population of 2,868, it is significantly higher than what the Census estimated the population to be prior to the 2020 Census. The 2019 Census estimate for Caledonia was 2,754 based on American Community Survey data. (The higher 2020 Census population is not surprising because the MN State Demographer’s Office acknowledged in 2018 correspondence that the ACS Census data was underestimating the average household size in Caledonia.)
Caledonia’s 2020 Census results are even better when you take into account that these results don’t include the second apartment building constructed by Twin Village Apartments, LLC, in Caledonia, which didn’t open until fall 2020, which was after the April 1, 2020 deadline.
Based on the City’s 2020 Census results and data from the MN State Demographer’s Office, it appears that Caledonia’s population has grown in recent years after declining after the 2010 Census and reaching its lowest point in 2017. Here are the MN State Demographer Office’s estimates since 2012, which mirror the trend in active residential electric accounts, which dropped to 1,306 in 2016 but increased to 1,314 in 2017 and reached 1,341 in 2021.
On Monday, August 9, 2021, the Caledonia City Council passed unanimously Resolution 2021-11, a resolution supporting Miken Sports employees and the company’s operations in Caledonia and urging Rawlings Sporting Goods to reverse its decision to close the Miken Sports office and manufacturing facility in Caledonia in 18-24 months. Mayor DeWayne “Tank” Schroeder and Councilmembers David Fitzpatrick, Robert “Bob” Klug, Amanda Ninneman, and Brad Rykhus all signed the resolution. The full resolution can be found below.
On July 27, 2021, Representative Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) issued the following statement regarding the closure of Miken Sports in Caledonia:
“I am incredibly disappointed that Miken Sports intends to shut-down most operations at its Caledonia plant and move jobs to China,” said Congressman Hagedorn. “Miken has been a part of Caledonia’s community for over 20 years. This decision will result in significant job and wealth losses in southeast Minnesota. Moreover, moving production to communist China is incompatible with Major League Baseball’s position as an American sports league.
“Baseball has long been considered America’s national pastime, and Caledonia has been proud to be associated with the production of MLB helmets and baseball bats.”
“I appreciate how other federal and state legislators, particularly U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), Minnesota State Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) and State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston), have stepped up in bipartisan fashion to support Miken’s workers and the community of Caledonia.”
“We all believe American workers, their families and our communities must be treated fairly and placed first.”
Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) and Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) issued the following statement regarding the decision by Rawlings Sporting Goods and its owners, including Major League Baseball and a private equity group, to close its Miken Sports plant in Caledonia and move manufacturing operations overseas.
“It has been brought to our attention that Rawlings Sporting Goods, the parent company of Miken Sports, is planning to close its Caledonia, MN plant and move hundreds of jobs overseas. Miken has been an important part of the Caledonia area for over 20 years and we are extremely disappointed by the decision to move these operations from small town America to China. We strongly encourage Rawlings to keep the plant open at full capacity and we offer our assistance in helping make the partnership sustainable for both Rawlings and Caledonia for many more years to come — including helping facilitate meetings with the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
“Baseball has long been considered America’s pastime, and we in southeastern Minnesota are proud of Miken’s relationship with Major League Baseball. It would be especially troubling for Major League Baseball to be involved in moving these manufacturing operations overseas when these jobs include producing helmets for Major League Baseball. We sincerely hope they reconsider and keep these jobs here in Caledonia, Minnesota.”