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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When Red Wing CARE Clinic was preparing to offer dental services in 2011, Dr. Nancy Bremseth said she wanted to save money by setting up digital X-ray equipment instead of...
People who worked full time in 2015 can expect some additional tax forms next month as new health insurance rules take effect. Employees of applicable large employers — defined under...
People’s eyes seem to light up when Maddie enters a room, but the 8-year-old Golden Retriever isn’t able to see the reactions herself. The registered therapy dog went blind in January 2014 from sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome or SARDS. Despite the disability, Maddie continues to bring comfort to hospice patients through Mayo Clinic Health System’s Caring Canines program, owner Moni Ostberg of Red Wing said.
While the world received updates from the COP21 climate change summit in Paris earlier this month, Aaron Wildenborg was experiencing the historic gathering first hand. The 19-year-old college student and Red Wing High School graduate was part of a delegation from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict that attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where leaders from across the globe met to hash out an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming.
Fee hikes OK’d Goodhue County Board voted 3-2 to approve increases to a number of fees for county services, including more expensive building permits. Commissioners discussed several options before settling on a plan that would increase the permit fee for a $150,000 single family dwelling from the current $1,215.30 to $1,678, a 38 percent jump. Commissioner Jason Majerus advocated for a higher fee to cover costs of the county’s building staff in place of levy dollars, but Commissioner Dan Rechtzigel said that tax relief would be miniscule.
Goodhue County Board approved the 2016 budget and property tax levy Tuesday, but not without one last heated exchange on county finances. Next year’s budget is $59,140,390, up about $3.7 million from 2015, with a levy of $28,948,405, an increase of $932,915 or around 3 percent. Both resolutions passed by votes of 3-2. “This has been a very painful process … it really didn’t have to be that way,” Commissioner Brad Anderson said about budget talks stretching back to the Cannon Valley Fair this summer.
A Baldwin, Wisconsin, woman who police say led them on an early morning chase in a stolen vehicle Monday Dec. 7 on Highway 52 is facing 10 charges, including fleeing...
Red Wing City Council adopted the 2016 budget and a 2.46 percent property tax rate increase at a special meeting Monday night. Next year’s levy will be $19,573,426, up approximately $2.4 million from the 2015 levy and in line with the city’s long-term plan for incremental rate increases of 2.5 percent or less for deferred maintenance. The budget includes more than $81 million in total expenditures, with $25.2 million coming from the city general fund largely for culture and recreation, public safety and public works projects.
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.