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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A report of what appeared to be a holstered firearm put Dakota County Technical College on lockdown for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 10, 2018.
Temperatures could climb to as high as the mid-40s Wednesday, Jan. 10, but snow and freezing weather is back in the forecast. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Dakota, Goodhue, Pierce and St. Croix counties and a winter weather advisory for Washington County. The alerts warns of mixed wintry precipitation late Wednesday night turning to snow Thursday morning. Plummeting temperatures Wednesday also could lead to flash-freezing on roadways, according to the weather service. Useful links:
With snowfall totals adding up, people around the region are getting their snow blowers out of storage. Before the next big snow hits, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute recommends owners prepare their snow blowers ahead of time and review the manual. "Weather today is more unpredictable than ever, and you need to have your snow thrower serviced and ready to power up," OPEI President and CEO Kris Kiser said in a news release. "You want to have the right fuel on hand and review your owner's manual now so you can use your equipment safely."
Red Wing in 2017 joined the growing list communities affected by the tree-killing insect emerald ash borer. Larvae were discovered in an ash tree on Barn Bluff, prompting an emergency quarantine in March limiting the movement of firewood and ash material out of Goodhue County. More than a dozen counties currently are under emerald ash borer quarantine around southeastern Minnesota, the Twin Cities and Duluth.
A murder trial scheduled to begin Monday was pushed to February after a witness last week changed their testimony to now say they saw the April 2017 shooting that left a Red Wing man dead. The attorney for Charles Deonta Jones, 27, asked the court for a continuance Dec. 11 in the wake of the change in testimony. No other witnesses set to testify in the trial claimed to have seen the shooting occur.
The decorated Christmas trees lining the atrium at Pier 55 Red Wing Area Seniors are ready to go to a good home. The donated trees — available in a variety of sizes and color schemes — were decorated and put out to bid by the Silver Tones choral group. The silent auction, dubbed the Christmas Tree Jubilee, will raise money for the program. Bidding is open now until Tuesday, Dec. 5.
RED WING, Minn. — A Red Wing man bitten by a K-9 in his garage last year is suing two Goodhue County Sheriff's deputies, two department supervisors and the county. The deputies subjected James Sutherland, who was 83 at the time of the incident, to excessive force and unreasonable seizure in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights, according to the lawsuit filed Nov. 22 in federal district court.
With a combination of big crowds, stress and long-distance travel, it can be a challenge staying healthy around the holiday season. We asked Gwen Verchota, lead nurse practitioner and care delivery manager at HealthPartners online clinic, www.virtuwell.com , to give some tips on how to avoid getting sick as well as what to do if you come down with an illness while out of town.
The 200-plus volunteers with Red Wing's CARE Clinic aren't in it for the accolades, but it's always nice to be recognized for a job well done. Volunteers at the free community clinic received a peer-nominated certificate of recognition at the Minnesota Department of Health's 2017 Community Health Awards. Certificates are awarded to individuals and groups who make significant contributions to public health.
Before starting a successful career in computers and engineering, before donating millions of dollars to his undergraduate alma mater, Dwight Diercks was a student at Central High School in Red Wing. Diercks said he was fortunate to have been taught calculus and computer programming by Ron Gray, someone he called "the best math teacher in all of Red Wing." "Along with many great teachers in math and science," he added.