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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It's no secret newly inaugurated Gov. Tim Walz likes to wear plaid. He was often photographed on the campaign trail in his signature red-and-black flannel. So when the head of the inaugural committee saw a box of caramels in buffalo plaid boxes at the Minnesota History Center, it seemed like a perfect fit for a swearing-in luncheon Monday, Jan. 7, in St. Paul.
There were 36 fire deaths in Minnesota through 2018, a 47 percent drop compared to 2017, according to preliminary numbers released Jan. 10, 2019, from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division.
Prairie Island Indian Community purchased a portion of vacant land near Pine Island as part of ongoing efforts to expand away from Prairie Island nuclear plant. The sale was finalized late last month from Tower Investments LLC. The California-based real estate and development company owns around 1,900 acres along Highway 52 formerly called Elk Run. The commercial and residential development has since been renamed Tower Pine Island.
Coming down to find presents under the Christmas tree is great; coming down with an illness is not. With many clinics closed for the holidays and folks traveling out of town, it can be a particularly inopportune time to get sick. Instead of a trip to urgent care, some of the afflicted will instead turn to a virtual medical visit. Jenny Kemp of Hopkins, Minn., was in Missouri for a family Thanksgiving gathering when her skin started to itch. When the sensation persisted the next morning, she said it was time to get it checked out.
With all the decorating, shopping, cooking and get-togethers, the holiday season can leave a person breathless. Though these activities are all in good fun, the added commitments can also bring on additional stress this time of year.
A 21-year-old Red Wing man faces multiple felony manslaughter and child endangerment charges stemming from the death of a child following a Nov. 28 incident on East Third Street. Adam Michael Peter Travis was being held Tuesday in Goodhue County jail on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter, malicious punishment of a child and neglect or endangerment of a child resulting in substantial bodily harm. According to the criminal complaint filed Dec. 3 in Goodhue County:
To help curb drunken driving this holiday season, more than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota will take part in an extra DWI enforcement campaign Nov. 21 and continuing weekends through Dec. 29.
Sometimes it helps to just hash things out over a warm beverage. Those experiencing memory loss and their caregivers have a new support option in the Washington County area through monthly Memory Cafés hosted by Stillwater-based family support organization FamilyMeans. The 90-minute sessions provide facilitated discussions and community resources in a welcoming environment, the organization says. We asked Jenny West, caregiving and aging community educator with FamilyMeans, to explain the Memory Café model and what how the gatherings have helped area resident.
A teenager who pleaded guilty to sending threatening social media messages in March that led to extra security at Red Wing schools was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation and 120 hours of community service. Keyah Mykah Mizer, 18, was sentenced Oct. 10, 2018, on one count of felony threats of violence. She was given a stay of imposition, meaning the conviction will be deemed a misdemeanour upon successful completion of probation. Terms of the probation include no contact with victims and no abusive or threatening behavior.
WELCH — Xcel Energy aims to grow the share of carbon-free energy in its overall generating mix in the next decade, and Prairie Island nuclear plant will continue to play a key role for years to come.