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 ballot question passed 20-0 in Leon Township Tuesday to turn the township treasurer into an appointed position. It was the only question on ballots for the annual township elections, which saw a number of mostly uncontested incumbents retain their seats. Belle Creek Tom Gale was re-elected supervisor and Steve McNamara re-elected clerk with 17 votes each; there were no write-ins. The levy remains $153,000.
Residents at Deer Crest are feeling the beat and playing along thanks to a new drum circle program led by retired Burnside Elementary music teacher Gretchen Anderson. Anderson, who led students in a similar African drum class for years, said the first session last month was a big hit with close to 25 participants. “There are always a few brave people who come, and then there are some who are persuaded to try it,” Anderson said, acknowledging that adults can feel uncomfortable playing drums in a group setting.
State lawmakers made their way to St. Paul Tuesday for the start of the 2016 legislative session. We asked local senators and representatives to detail their priorities for the session and how they plan to accomplish them. Here are their responses as well as contact information for constituents to get ahold of them. Senate District 58 Dave Thompson (R)
The Red Wing boys’ basketball team received a grand send-off Wednesday March 9, passing by area schools on their way up to the state tournament in the Twin Cities. Students...
A special election in Welch Township and a ballot question in Leon Township are two standouts in the upcoming March 8 township elections dominated by incumbents. William Bodin, Andrew Jenson and Barbara Nelson are vying for a Welch Township supervisor seat left vacant by Nick Ries. In Leon Township, residents will be able to vote on whether to make the treasurer an appointed position, thus opening it to people outside of the township.
County to submit anti-Zip Rail resolution County Board approved by unanimous roll call vote a resolution opposing the defunct Zip Rail high-speed passenger line proposed from the Twin Cities to Rochester. The resolution will be submitted to the official record for the project.
ROCHESTER — The Dalai Lama brought his teachings — and sense of humor — to Mayo Clinic on Monday for a talk on compassion in health care. The Tibetan spiritual and political leader spoke for more than an hour and a half to a full crowd of Mayo Clinic staff seated in the Saint Marys Campus chapel. He fielded written questions as well as told anecdotes that elicited laughs from the audience and Twin Cities journalist Cathy Wurzer, who moderated the event.
Goodhue County opened the doors to the newly renovated Citizens Building Tuesday to give people a chance to tour it before Health and Human Services staff move in later this month. The historic four-story building on West Avenue across from the Government Center underwent a $7.1 million overhaul starting in 2015. The project included a 9,500-square-foot addition on its north side. “All of our health and human services that the county offers will be at this location,” HHS Director Nina Arneson said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given word that a proposal to create islands and conduct dredging at the head of Lake Pepin has been selected for a federally funded review. Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance President Mike McKay called the news “an important milestone,” adding the non-profit conservation group has been exploring the project along with Audubon Minnesota for the past couple years.
A report of a patient who fell and was injured at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls was one of 67 such incidences statewide from Oct. 7, 2014, to...