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 group of high school seniors are trading the classroom for the emergency room for an inaugural health care career shadowing program at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. A total of nine young women are taking part in the program. Wearing Winger purple scrubs, the students have been rotating through departments and learning firsthand from medical staff.
The first major traffic change for the Red Wing Bridge project begins this weekend when the slip ramp onto Third Street is closed and vehicles going to and from Wisconsin are diverted to the newly constructed temporary bridge over Highway 61. Cross-state Highway 63 traffic will access the Eisenhower Bridge over the Mississippi River via the new buttonhook ramp and intersection built last year off Highway 61. The river bridge will remain open with some non-peak hour flagging operations this construction season, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
On any given Tuesday around 1 p.m., there's likely to be singing and plenty of laughter coming from the Pier 55 senior center in Red Wing. That's the regular practice time for the Silver Tones, an age 55-plus choral group that has performed for more than decade at area nursing homes, care centers and other venues. The group also meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at First Lutheran Church in Lake City.
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.
CANNON FALLS TOWNSHIP — A homeless man faces burglary and theft charges after allegedly kicking in the door to an occupied house Tuesday night, swiping a set of keys and attempting to drive off in a stolen vehicle as police arrived. Zlatan Lukic, 40, who is listed as homeless in court documents, is charged with first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling, simple robbery, theft, motor vehicle theft and fleeing a peace officer — all felonies — as well as five lesser charges stemming from the March 13 incident. According to the criminal complaint:
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. There were four adverse events reported at the 50-bed Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing between Oct. 7, 2016 and Oct. 6, 2017: surgery or other invasive procedure performed on the wrong body part, a pressure ulcer, patient burn and patient fall. The surgical error, burn and fall resulted in serious injuries, according to the report.
Nonprofits residing in the Professional and Community Center on West Fourth Street are preparing to move out after Mayo Clinic Health System announced plans to shutter the former hospital building at the end of September. The building is too large for the health system's needs, and repairs have grown increasingly complex and costly, according to a news release Monday, Feb. 26. The center houses Mayo Clinic Health System staff as well as a number of community organizations using space in the building at no cost.
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.
A plea agreement was reached Monday, Feb. 5, in the 2017 shooting death of a 27-year-old man in Red Wing's East End. Charles Deonta Jones, 27, of Red Wing, pleaded guilty to counts of second-degree murder without intent and reckless discharge of a firearm in a municipality, both felonies. A host of other charges stemming from the incident, including additional second- and third-degree murder charges as well as second-degree manslaughter, will be dismissed under the agreement reached in Goodhue County District Court.