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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Longtime mayor, author and cherished Kenyon community member John Cole died Thursday night of a massive heart attack, family members said. He was 81 years old. Cole served in Kenyon city government for 16 years as both a City Council member and three-time mayor. He also was an officer for the Veteran of Foreign Wars, involved with Goodhue County American Red Cross and served on the Goodhue County Historical Society board. "Kenyon just won't ever be the same," said Lois Estrem, who knew Cole for more than 40 years and worked with him at the Kenyon Historical Society.
Local conservation group the Zumbro Valley Gobblers will begin planting trees in the Collischan Bottoms on Red Wing's west side near the Cannon Valley Trail Saturday, and volunteers are needed. The Gobblers are looking for volunteers to help plant 650 swamp white oaks as part of a reforestation project to replace trees logged away two years ago, according to Gobblers committee member Warren Robertson. Volunteers will meet 8 a.m. at a parking area set up at the end of Pepin Avenue off of Highway 61 and Cannon River Avenue.
Dredging waterways is a dirty, expensive and altogether laborious job, but eventually it needs to get done. "We had to do it to make it better for boaters," said Bill Nafe, president of Bill's Bay Marina in Red Wing. "Now we have the deepest and cleanest marina in the area." For nearly two weeks crews worked 10-hour shifts to remove more than 16,000 cubic yards of underwater sediment and debris from Nafe's marina at Colvill Park.
While debate over mining policy continues in St. Paul, Sen. Matt Schmit chartered flights out of Red Wing Regional Airport Friday for reporters to get a bird's-eye view of the impact frac sand mines are having across the river in Wisconsin. The roughly hourlong flight, piloted by Jim McIlrath from Frontenac in his homemade, single-engine plane, toured more than a dozen mines dotting the Wisconsin countryside around Menomonie and Eau Claire. "We have an opportunity to avoid the perils of western Wisconsin," wrote Schmit in a column Feb.
Xcel Energy could begin the process of pulling out of a power purchasing agreement with New Era Wind Farm as early as Monday, a utility director said. New Era was given until Sunday May 12 to resolve a delay in the production of a 78-megawatt wind farm in Goodhue County that is causing the company to default on an agreement to sell generated power, said Jim Alders of Xcel Energy.
A Northfield woman is dead after a T-bone crash at the intersection of Highway 52 and County Road 9 that occurred around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Sharon J. Hull, 74, was traveling eastbound on County Road 9 when her Kia Spectra was struck by a Mazda van traveling northbound on Highway 52, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Hull was transported to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester where she was pronounced dead a little before midnight, the State Patrol said. The driver of the van, identified by authorities as Anna M.
A snowy April was bad enough for gardening and landscaping businesses, but when that snow carries over into May, well, that is just unfair. "It's certainly going to affect the bottom line," said Amy Olson, owner of Scenic Spaces in Red Wing. "There's no doubt about that." Olson said the late spring has not only been frustrating for her business, but also for customers who have been anxiously awaiting warmer weather to start landscaping projects. "It has been a disastrous spring," agreed Dave Lewis, manager and part owner of Sargent's Nursery in Red Wing.
KENYON -- Goodhue County Engineer Greg Isakson told commissioners at a board meeting Tuesday that staff had submitted a state grant application to fund an interchange project at Highway 52 and County Road 9 near Cannon Falls -- and that the estimated cost of the project had decreased. The Minnesota Department of Transportation still plans to install a conflict-reduction intersection at the location this summer, and announced that it will be leveling rolling hills to the south as part of that project, Isakson said.
After weeks of false starts and freezing temperatures, warm spring sunshine finally arrived over the weekend. But before rushing out to enjoy the rays, health professionals say it's important to remember the one product Minnesotans likely haven't thought about in months -- sunscreen. Even in our higher latitude climate, exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun is dangerous, said Dr.
A record-breaking May snowstorm wreaked havoc across southeastern Minnesota Thursday, dashing hopes that last weekend's warm weather meant spring had finally arrived. Around 13 inches of thick, wet snowfall was recorded in Red Wing, according to data reported to the National Weather Service.. The weight of the snow brought down trees and powerlines, cutting power to residents and businesses. Emergency dispatchers took calls from homeowners throughout the morning reporting arcing electricity and flames caused by downed lines in backyards.