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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Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging drivers to plan ahead and be cautious in work zones when heading out of town for the holiday weekend. "Although major construction projects will be on hold for the weekend, motorists may still encounter lane restrictions and traffic delays," Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle said in a news release. "Your safety is important to us, so we ask that you plan your routes, stay alert and drive carefully in work zones."
Goodhue County commissioners proposed cutting a wage increase and new staff from the nearly $60.5 million preliminary 2017 budget presented at a workshop Tuesday. On the chopping block are requests for an additional full-time court bailiff and a pair of part-time Health and Human Services workers. Commissioners also sought to temper an estimated 2.5 percent general wage adjustment for county employees. Commissioner Ron Allen said he could vote for a 2 percent wage adjustment, but not 2.5 percent.
Overnight storms made for a muddy morning Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Goodhue County Fair, but attendees were undeterred. The day's events included the swine and goat shows, as well as a Goodhue County Board of Commissioners meeting. The fair runs through Sunday in Zumbrota. For more information, visit http://www.goodhuecountyfair.com/ .
As Jessica Peterson raced home to River Falls in July 2012, fearful her ex-husband had just killed their three young daughters, her first interaction with emergency personnel was a call to a 911 operator. “She stayed on the phone with me as I drove from my job to the police station at that point,” Peterson said. “And it went from there to police officers that had to handle me.”
A Minnesota-based rail developer has been granted a permit extension to continue studying a privately funded high-speed line from the Twin Cities to Rochester. Minnesota Department of Transportation extended the...
Is the Goodhue County Fair for families, music fans or thrillseekers? What about arts and crafts enthusiasts, animal lovers or people with big appetites? The answer is “Yes!” to all of the above. The annual county fair — now in its 155th year — returns to the Zumbrota fairgrounds Aug. 9-14 with a full slate of shows, exhibits, food and rides.
A day spent at the Goodhue County Fair does not have to break the bank; there are plenty of free exhibits, drawings and contests for the entire family to enjoy. New to the fair this year is “Animal Talks,” a wildlife display with at least 15 exotic species. This free display is open to the public 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, to Sunday, Aug. 14. A Minnesota Department of Agriculture grant will bring Doug Ohman of Pioneer Photography to the fair for a number of displays Friday and Sunday in the old Belvidere Schoolhouse:
There’s no time like fair time for the hundreds of children throughout Goodhue County who participate in 4-H. “It is where they get to show off all the hard work that they have put in throughout the entire year. The 4-Hers take pride in what they have accomplished, as they should, because it is a big accomplishment,” said Natalie Johnston, Goodhue County 4-H program coordinator. Johnston said she expects more than 2,600 4-H entries this year at the Goodhue County Fair, including a variety of animals as well as arts, crafts and science-related exhibits.
A majority of Minnesota counties have high average levels of radon, according to a new online tool that tracks the prevalence of the odorless gas linked to thousands of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. The Minnesota Department of Health collected radon data from 86,000 residential and commercial properties tested from 2010-2014, and found 67 of the state’s 87 counties have average radon levels at or greater than 4 pCi/L — the threshold at which the Environmental Protection Agency recommends mitigation measures.
Concrete was poured Tuesday on the main drive lanes of northbound Highway 61 as the two-year reconstruction project continued into its final weeks. “There’s a lot going on right now,...