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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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,...
Treasure Island Resort & Casino broke ground Tuesday on an $86 million expansion that will add two towers and some 300 hotel rooms. The additional accommodations — 240 standard rooms and around 60 suites — will meet the high demand for hotel rooms over the past several years, according to a news release by the Prairie Island Indian Community.
Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed the conviction of a Wanamingo Township supervisor who burned ballots after the 2014 spring election. The attorney for Thomas Joseph Shane argued that destroying...
LAKE CITY, Minn. — A group of bicyclists stood solemnly Wednesday afternoon on the shore of Lake Pepin as the names of fallen emergency responders were read aloud — each time followed by the ringing of a bell. The men and women were part of the midwest route of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, a five-day, 400-mile journey from the Chicago area to Woodbury, Minn. Along the way, participants made stops to honor EMS providers who died on and off the job.
The Cannon Valley Trail, which runs nearly 20 miles through the cities of Red Wing, Welch and Cannon Falls in southeast Minnesota, is a popular destination for locals and visitors from around the region. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the trail’s dedication in 1986. Before that, the route was home to a railroad line built in the late 1800s.
Following the flip in roadwork last week from southbound to northbound Highway 61 lanes, crews have begun to push into the final stages of the two-year reconstruction project. “Things are...