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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Shortly after moving from General Mills to Red Wing Shoe Co. in 2001, Dave Murphy said he had an experience that made him realize the wide-reaching legacy of the local brand. While on vacation with his family in Italy, Murphy — then the Shoe’s new president and chief operating officer — discovered their tour guide owned a pair of Red Wing 877 work boots. “He wore an 11 1/2. I remember because I sent him a pair,” Murphy said. “We drew his foot and I took it back and sent him a pair.”
Goodhue County Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to move ahead with a long-term waste designation requiring all garbage collected in the county be sent to Red Wing for the city’s refuse-derived fuel agreement with Xcel Energy. The city looks to benefit by selling the waste for burning at the utility’s Red Wing generating station, but cities and townships outside the county seat are nervous the 20-year designation could mean exorbitant hauling fees without direct representation or control.
Bryan Moon, a retired airline executive known for his efforts searching for planes shot down overseas, died Nov. 25 in Florida. Moon, 87, formerly of Frontenac and Cannon Falls, founded MIA Hunters with his son, Christopher Moon, in the early-1990s. He led more than two dozen missions to Europe, Japan and remote areas in Papua New Guinea in search of service members missing in action.
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A subcommittee will consider alternatives to a controversial resolution in support of law enforcement rescinded by City Council in October, Red Wing Human Rights Commission decided Thursday night. The commission held a special meeting to gather public input on the resolution that called for funding of police equipment and training programs, as well as supporting expansion of federal hate crimes law to include violence against officers.
Work is underway this week to restore a piece of iconic Red Wing history. The North Star Monument on Old West Main Street is showing signs of deterioration, and the city has hired a local contractor to maintain the brick structure that stands as a memorial to the halcyon days of the clay and stoneware industry. Water leaks have caused “severe efflorescence” or white deposits on the masonry, as well as mortar and brick degradation, according to a Public Works report.
Bernard “Bernie” Melter is remembered as a kind man, personable boss and fervent supporter of Marine Corps and other military veterans. Melter, former Goodhue County Veterans Service officer and Minnesota...
Residents will have a chance to learn and ask questions about the county budget and tax levy process at a public discussion next week, one of several truth-in-taxation hearings for local governments in December. The Goodhue County discussion will be 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 1 in the Government Center following the regularly scheduled County Board meeting. Attendees will hear an overview of the proposed property tax levy, “and how the budget and the levy are allocated to all the different services provided by the county,” Goodhue County Finance Director Carolyn Holmsten said.
When David Asp was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in May 2014, he and his wife, Kathy Asp, said they decided to educate themselves on the dangerous form of skin cancer. For a year and a half, in between surgery and chemotherapy treatments, the couple researched causes, risk factors and preventative measures. They now plan to share that information to keep others from going through a similar ordeal. The Asps will give a presentation on skin cancer 11:30 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 2 at Red Wing Family YMCA.
When Wendy Stricker returned home three years ago from a humanitarian trip to Zambia in southern Africa, she said she felt good having seen children there were happy and fed. Her most recent trip in August changed her mind. “I felt like things were under control there, and I came back with a completely different perspective this time,” said the Red Wing resident, who traveled with a team of volunteers to the town of Chisamba located about 27 miles north of the capital city of Lusaka.