Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.
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Area counties rank in the top five of their respective states based on a variety of health metrics. St. Croix County ranked fifth in Wisconsin while Washington County ranked fourth in Minnesota, according to the America’s Healthiest Places study by financial technology company SmartAsset.
A black bear was spotted Friday morning around downtown Red Wing. David Culver captured this video footage of the bear near the Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center. Video courtesy David Culver. Send photos, videos and news tips to email@example.com READ MORE
Navigating grief is anything but a straight path. So when a Hudson woman set out to make a book on the subject, she said she decided to color outside the lines — so to speak. Kim Owen Mazur's self-published book, "Losing My Reflection," is part coloring book, part journal for people to record their grief experience. The book was awarded a bronze medal this spring in the Independent Publisher Book Awards contest in the gift/speciality/journal category. We asked Mazur about the inspiration for the book and what she hopes people will get out of it.
A Red Wing man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 10 years in prison for a 2017 shooting that left another man dead. District Court Judge Kevin Mark handed down the sentence following emotional statements by the mother and girlfriend of the victim, D’Angelo Masterjohn. Police found the 27-year-old’s body April 18, 2017, on a Sanderson Street sidewalk in Red Wing’s east end. He had been shot once.
Families grieving a stillborn baby have a new support option thanks to the fundraising efforts of an Illinois family that knows what it feels like to lose a child. River Falls Area Hospital Birth Center recently received a donated CuddleCot, a small cooling system that goes inside a bassinet to allow bereaved parents more uninterrupted time with their baby.
Area counties ranked highly in their respective states based on more than 30 health-influencing factors and outcomes, according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report out this month. Washington County fared the strongest, ranking second out of 87 Minnesota counties in health factors and third in health outcomes. In Wisconsin, St. Croix County ranked fifth in the state for health factors and sixth in health outcomes.
An 18-year-old Red Wing woman was arrested Thursday afternoon, March 22, on charges stemming from threatening social media messages authorities believe she sent to herself and two friends using a spoofed phone number. Keyah Mizer was arrested on three counts of felony threat of violence, falsely reporting a crime to law enforcement and disorderly conduct, according to a Red Wing police news release.
A Rosemount woman who pleaded guilty to funneling thousands of dollars from a Dakota County high school senior party group has been sentenced. Jill Lynn Fiedler, 38, will serve 90 days in jail and five years of probation for stealing $8,727 from the senior party group coffers from October 2016 through February 2017, according to a Dakota County Attorney's Office news release Thursday. She also will have to pay restitution in an amount to be determined at a hearing scheduled for May 9 in Hastings. Fiedler pleaded guilty to one count of theft by temporary control, a felony.
Surgeries on the wrong body parts and a serious injury from a fall were among the errors reported at two area hospitals, according to the latest Minnesota Department of Health Adverse Health Events report. A surgery or other invasive procedure was performed on the wrong body part at the 86-bed Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury between Oct. 7, 2016 and Oct. 6, 2017, according to the report. The error did not result in a serious injury. According to a Woodwinds spokesperson:
Healthy gums are an important aspect of oral health, but the benefits don't stop there. February has traditionally been designated Gum Disease Awareness Month, a time to recognize the role of gum health in a person's overall health. More than 47 percent of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Prevalence increases to more than 70 percent for adults aged 65 and up.