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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Brian Lombardi of Woodbury wasn't much of a runner until 2013. That's the year he was diagnosed with cancer. Lombardi and his wife were expecting their third son when the diagnosis came: Hodgkin's lymphoma. He started cancer treatment on the closing days of his paternity leave. Today the 41-year-old said the cancer is in remission. He has since become an avid runner, including multiple appearances in the Hope in Motion 5K, an annual event celebrating cancer survivors by Minnesota Oncology.
Janelle Nordine said she is blessed to be alive. The Prescott woman survived a brain aneurysm and stroke 16 years ago. Today she said she is doing well and living her life to the fullest. Part of that is helping ensure others can live their lives, too. The 64-year-old is a prolific blood donor. For the past few years, she said she has given blood around every eight weeks — as frequently as the rules allow. "I had one of the phlebotomists tell me I'm his favorite patient ever," Nordine said with a chuckle. "So that made me feel good."
A University of Minnesota professor on Wednesday night provided a hopeful glimpse at potential new therapies for drug addiction. Dr. Mark Thomas with the Department of Neuroscience at the U of M Medical School spoke to an audience of a few dozen people in the Red Wing Public Library. He described laboratory research on rodents designed to better understand brain patterns associated with addiction. "Because if we discover what they are, we can think about ways to intervene and disrupt craving and relapse," Thomas said.
Being seen for pink eye at Mayo Clinic no longer guarantees being sent home with antibiotic eye drops. Based on research and in the interest of antibiotic stewardship, Mayo Clinic announced it has elected to discontinue its long-standing protocol of defaulting to antibiotic eye drops for eye redness and discharge. Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is most commonly caused by a virus, therefore limiting the effectiveness of antibiotics as treatment, said Dr. Sarah Scherger, a Mayo Clinic Health System pediatrician.
More than 300 volunteers filled around 20,000 sandbags this week on Prairie Island as the Prairie Island Indian Community prepares for potential flooding. Community members, businesses, sports organizations and members and employees of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe were among the volunteers who came out to help with flood preparations at Treasure Island Resort and Casino. Volunteers on day three of sandbagging Thursday, March 21, included Xcel Energy staff and more than 40 employees with the Minnesota Twins front office.
RED WING — As Minnesota winters go, this year was a bad one. For Jim Brown of Red Wing, it could have been worse. It could have been his last. Brown, 60, had a heart attack while blowing snow in a blizzard Sunday night, Feb. 24. Thanks to the quick actions of passersby and a neighbor who is a paramedic, Brown is alive today to tell the tale. At least what little of it he can recall. "I guess I kind of remember going out, and then after that it's just nothing," he said last week in the comfort of his East Avenue home. "I just don't remember."
Pierce County authorities recovered a body Tuesday, March 19, 2019, on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River backwaters near Hager City. The body of a woman approximately 40 to 50 years old was removed from the water after a fisherman reported finding it around noon near Everts Resort, Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove said. The body was transported to Ramsey County in Minnesota for an autopsy and to attempt to identify the woman. This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.
Flood preparations were underway this week on Prairie Island where officials are closely monitoring rising river levels. Dozens of volunteers were filling and stacking sandbags Tuesday, March 19, with more sandbagging events planned for Wednesday and Thursday. Prairie Island Police Chief Jon Priem said work began last week on an 11-foot-tall sand berm behind the Treasure Island Amphitheater.
RED WING, Minn.—Expecting parents Holly and Ryan Nardinger attended a class on labor and delivery Thursday night, Jan. 3, in Red Wing. What they didn't expect was how soon the material would come in handy. By the next morning, the Lake City couple had to drive back to Red Wing to give birth to their daughter, eight weeks ahead of schedule. Clara Louise Nardinger — the first newborn of 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing — came so early that a specialist was paged at Mayo Clinic in Rochester to help. That's when nurses wheeled in a computer screen.
Lisa Drummond did what people are supposed to do when they feel sick, she went to see a doctor. Then she went back, again and again. She was given multiple explanations for her symptoms, offered solutions and found temporary relief. But something was still wrong. In December 2018, after two years and several doctor visits, Drummond got the answer she was looking for, just not the one anyone wants to hear: metastatic colorectal cancer. Drummond said doctors told her she likely got the disease a couple years ago, right around the time she started to have symptoms.