Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.
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CANNON FALLS -- Construction of a $14 million interchange at Highway 52 and County Road 24 got under way with a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, bringing the corridor one step closer to becoming an access-controlled freeway from the Twin Cities to Rochester. The project calls for an overpass at County Road 24, as well as upgrades to nearby frontage roads and drainage structures. The plan also includes paths for pedestrians and bicyclists who will no longer be allowed on Highway 52 once the interchange is complete.
Red Wing's Veterans for Peace chapter will host its 11th Peacestock gathering Saturday July 13 at Windbeam Farm in Hager City. The event will feature three nationally renowned authors, including University of St. Thomas professor and 2008 U.S. Senate hopeful Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer. Nelson-Pallmeyer will discuss the economic impact of war, including his work with the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project, a nonpartisan grassroots effort to shift spending on the military to local government and social services.
Goodhue County Board briefs for the July 1, 2013, meeting.
CANNON FALLS -- Sen. Matt Schmit, DFL-Red Wing, gave a recap of his inaugural legislative session to Goodhue County Board members Monday as they met at the Cannon Valley Fair. He highlighted the biennial budget and his work on local concerns like silica sand regulation and the Highway 52 and County Road 9 interchange. "We got our work done on time," said Schmit, alluding to the 2011 budgeting process that resulted in the longest government shutdown in the state's history.
Food vendors work to set up shop Monday morning in preparation for the Cannon Valley Fair which runs through Saturday. In addition to rides and food, this year's fair includes...
WANAMINGO -- A good reputation is something that has to be earned. For the Wanamingo Fire Department, its reputation was built on a century of service by scores of volunteer firefighters. Founded in 1913, the Wanamingo Fire Department celebrates its 100-year anniversary this year. The department will commemorate the milestone at its annual Benefit Dance Wednesday July 3 at the fire station on Main Street.
Two key local roadways were among 10 recipients of millions in grant funds from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT announced Thursday it has approved a grant request by Goodhue County to help fund an overpass at the crash-prone intersection of Highway 52 and County Road 9. Red Wing also received funding for Highway 61.
Red Wing's Corene Besetzny said she doesn't like to think of herself as a rebel. "I'm one of those people who does things quietly on the sideline," she said.
It was a tough week for New Era Wind and its controversial 78-megawatt wind farm planned for Goodhue County. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted to revoke New Era's certificate of need at a meeting Thursday, less than a week after Xcel Energy filed a lawsuit in district court to end power purchasing agreements with the long-delayed project. The MPUC cited New Era's failure to follow the commission's orders, as well as a lack of confidence in company's ability to build the wind farm, as factors in its unanimous decision.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to revoke New Era’s certificate of need to build a long-delayed 78-megawatt wind farm in Goodhue County. The MPUC cited New Era’s failure...