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 photo of a white and maroon Minnesota State Patrol cruiser, with help from a high-profile background, earned enough online votes earlier this month to appear in a calendar featuring the best looking cruisers in the country.
For more than two decades, the Kancer Kickers teams have participated in the Mississippi Shuffle, Red Wing's annual Relay For Life event that took place Friday night, Aug. 11, in Bay Point Park. Made up almost entirely of cancer survivors, Kancer Kickers is a source of inspiration and friendship for its members, said Pam Hallahan, team captain of Kancer Kickers 1. She founded the team in 1993 after her own bout with cancer. The team's popularity required the creation of the Kancer Kickers 2 a year later.
Nursing students looking to turn an associate degree into a bachelor's degree will soon have a local classroom option through a new partnership between Minnesota State College Southeast and Winona State University. WSU will bring its Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program to MSC Southeast's Red Wing campus beginning with select online-only courses this fall. Additional courses are expected to start in Red Wing in January 2018.
Whether it's maroon and white in Minnesota or blue and white in Wisconsin, State Patrol cruisers are an unmistakable sight on area highways. But how do the local State Patrol styles compare to the rest of the country? Minnesota and Wisconsin State Patrols are competing in American Association of State Troopers' 2017 Best Looking Cruiser Contest. The 12 cruiser photos with the most Facebook "likes" will be featured in AAST's 2018 wall calendar.
A former intern for Every Hand Joined raising money for the organization and two other nonprofits by running from coast to coast passed through Red Wing this weekend. Kyle Lang, 20, made it to the Anderson Center after 5 p.m. Friday, July 21. He left the city Saturday morning running south on Highway 61 on the 2,967-mile journey that began June 5. He plans to reach Coney Island on the Atlantic coast on Aug. 18. Lang gave thanks to the Red Wing community on his Facebook page :
As folks look to cram in their summer activities this month, the American Red Cross is calling on eligible donors to find time to give blood and platelets. Blood donations have not met expectations for the past two months, with about 61,000 fewer donations than needed, according to the Red Cross. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross collecting no blood for more than four days.
When a fire broke out in a Red Wing house in the early morning hours of May 6, it was barking from the family dog that reportedly helped the occupants escape harm. The household's cat was later rescued by firefighters. Just over a month later, Red Wing firefighters rescued a cat and five kittens from a fire at the city's solid waste campus. In a similar incident June 13 in Hastings, first-responders retrieved two cats and bearded dragon lizard from a burning duplex.
Deputies in Wabasha County took a Goodhue man into custody Thursday evening, June 29, after he jumped into the Zumbro River and floated for several miles, authorities said. Deputies responded to a burglary call around 6 p.m. Thursday in the city of Millville, located east of Zumbro Falls, and were told a suspicious man was seen standing near the river at the edge of town, according to a news release. As they approached the man, identified as Brent Espenson, 32, he allegedly became agitated and jumped into the water.
RED WING, Minn. — A child safety group is warning parents about the potential choking hazard of fidget spinners as kids look to keep busy this summer. The trendy spinning toy can fall apart and the small pieces could become lodged in a child's throat, according to World Against Toys Causing Harm. The group ranked fidget spinners no. 1 on its Top 10 Summer Safety Traps for 2017 report released June 21. "Do not be lulled into a false sense of security that a toy is safe simply because it is popular," said Joan Siff, president of WATCH, in a news release.
Salad greens do not get much fresher than what is being served at select HealthPartners hospitals and clinics in the St. Croix Valley area. The health care provider recently teamed with a Twin Cities-based aquaponics farm to deliver certified-organic produce within 24 hours of being harvested. Both organizations touted the pilot project as an easy way for patients and staff to eat healthy and be eco-friendly.