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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CANNON FALLS — State Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle fielded a barrage of questions Tuesday night from a packed crowd of southeastern Minnesota residents anxious about proposed high-speed rail projects between the Twin Cities and Rochester.
With design work on the new Highway 63 river bridge winding down, Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation departments are looking for input on construction staging and timing. Project representatives will be on hand to answer questions 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 18 in the Red Wing Public Library Foot Room. A presentation will be at 5 p.m., but residents are invited to come and go throughout the two-hour open house. “We’re starting to look at what’s going to happen during construction,” said Chad Hanson, project manager with Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Xcel Energy is awaiting word from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to proceed with an 18-month study on the future of Prairie Island nuclear plant and the economics of potentially shutting down the two-reactor facility before its operating license expires in 2034.
CANNON FALLS — Self-described “limited-government conservative” David Gerson came away with a straw poll win Monday night following a debate between six Republican candidates vying for the state’s 2nd Congressional District. Also on stage were John Howe, Jason Lewis, Darlene Miller, Pam Myhra and newcomer Gene Rechtzigel, who filed the day of the debate. David Benson-Staebler of Morris, Minnesota, did not attend.
February is Black History Month, a time to reflect on the experiences and contributions of African-Americans in communities across the country. Historian Fred Johnson will discuss local black history noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 17 at the History Center, 1166 Oak St. The presentation is offered free through the Goodhue County Historical Society’s monthly History Break series. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch; beverages will be available for purchase.
Many streams, rivers and lakes in the Cannon River watershed are below state standards for recreation and wildlife — and Brad Frazier wants to do something about it.
It has been more than 20 years since John Frawley worked as a zookeeper at the Minnesota Zoo. Now the Red Wing High School grad is coming home to lead it. Frawley, 51, was elected Wednesday as the director and president of the Apple Valley, Minnesota, zoo. “It’s a fun circle to complete,” he said in a phone interview from California, where he works as the founding president of bay.org. The non-profit organization’s mission is to inspire conservation efforts in San Francisco Bay area and its wastershed.
The Republican candidates vying for U.S. Rep. John Kline’s 2nd Congressional District seat will share a debate stage Monday in Cannon Falls. The debate will be 7 to 8:45 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Cannon Falls High School auditorium, 820 E. Minnesota St. Attendees will be able to meet the candidates 6 to 6:45 p.m. The six GOP candidates are David Benson-Staebler, David Gerson, John Howe, Jason Lewis, Darlene Miller and Pam Myhra.
A winter storm began dumping wet, heavy snow Tuesday afternoon, prompting weather advisories and multiple cancellations across the region. The city of Red Wing issued a snow emergency Tuesday, the...
WABASHA — He’s not ready for prime time yet, but the National Eagle Center’s newest resident will one day greet visitors as an eagle ambassador. Exactly when that will be is up to him. “It’s different every time,” said Jennifer Drayna about the training process to prepare wild birds for use in an educational setting. Drayna, an avian care specialist and naturalist educator, is taking the lead to train the male bald eagle that arrived in Wabasha recently from a rehabilitation center in Washington.