Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN has lived in that state for all of his life. He is a native of Red Wing where he was born and raised. Red Wing is one of those small town America kind of towns. It has maybe sixteen thousand residents and it is located along the Mississippi river in a picturesque Midwest setting. Despite his residence in Rochester, he adores the town he grew up in still to this day. It is filled with beautiful settings in a natural environment, framed by the river and the beautiful Minnesota sky. Red Wing is an interesting town and being one that is small, the biggest employer is an American icon. Red Wing Shoes is the biggest employer in Red Wing, which is its namesake.
The factory there opened its doors in 1905. Since that time, countless generations have supplied the company with old fashioned American labor. Through tough times like the Great Depression, World War 1, World War II, and the years since then, they have remained in that town. The town of Red Wing is close to Wisconsin, and is connected to it by what locals call the Red Wing Bridge. Officially named the Eisenhower Bridge, but it is the path U.S. Route 63 over the Mississippi River and its backwaters. Red Wing itself was named after the Sioux chief, Red Wing. The official motto is “Come for a visit, stay for a lifetime” and for people like Milnes, even though Michael Milnes of Rochester, MN lives in Rochester, his heart is always in Red Wing.