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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Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission recommended approval of a permit Monday for a dog kennel in Belvidere Township — one of the first such permits since passage of a 2014...
Both left turn lanes from West Avenue were open Friday following feedback last week from the start of phase 2 of the Highway 61/Main Street reconstruction project. The original plan...
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith led a panel of state and local officials Friday at the Prairie Island Community Center to discuss a $14.8 million bonding proposal to build a highway bridge over the nearby railroad tracks. Smith said the project — part of a $1.4 billion statewide infrastructure investment in Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed jobs bill — is an important safety measure for emergency responders to access the area.
Replacing staff sparks debate Goodhue County Board voted 4-1 Tuesday to authorize replacing a soon-to-be-retired highway maintenance worker. The request, brought by Public Works Director Greg Isakson, sparked a 30-minute discussion on staffing levels, the growing backlog of road projects and how often to replace snowplows.
Goodhue County ranks 61st out of 87 Minnesota counties when it comes to residents’ healthy behaviors, according to the annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report out this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The percentage of Goodhue County adults who smoke (17 percent), engage in heavy or binge drinking (22 percent) and are obese (31 percent) are all above statewide rates.
The family of Dan Vonch said it will be bittersweet to walk in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Paul, but it is exactly what he would have wanted them to do. Vonch, who was named king of the Red Wing Irish at the group’s celebration last year, died unexpectedly in December at age 58 following a history of health problems. Now his son, Andy Vonch, will don the crown in his honor. “I said sure, whatever I can do,” said Andy Vonch, 29, of being asked by Red Wing Irish’s Dan Barry to fill in.
Mayo Clinic Health System hired specialists, expanded access to services and invested in medical technology in 2015, part of an effort to bring “world class care” close to home, according to an annual report presented March 10 to local business and community leaders. “We value our relationship with all of you, the community, and we want to make sure you’re aware of what’s going on within our walls — and in the future more and more outside of those walls, too,” said Dr. Tom Witt, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing.
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)