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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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.
By all accounts, Harry Roberts loved his job and did it well. Roberts, manager at Frontenac State Park, retired last month after 26 years on the job and 38 years with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "It was time," said Roberts, 62. "Time to change over to younger minds and younger bodies." After more than a quarter of a century as manager, Roberts said he witnessed quite a few changes at Frontenac State Park.
The Mississippi River has traditionally been a hub for commerce in the region. It is only fitting that it serves as the backdrop for the annual 100-Mile Garage Sale going on Thursday through Saturday in the Lake Pepin area. A path marked by balloons and ribbons will guide thousands of bargain-hunters through 15 towns along the Mississippi River.
ZUMBROTA -- Mining Study Committee members presented a list of proposed changes to Goodhue County's mining ordinance at a township meeting Thursday, including adding restrictions to make it more difficult for existing aggregate mines to switch to mining silica sand. One proposal would require existing mines in Goodhue County to reapply for permits if a "significant change" was made to operations on the site, Land-use Management Director Lisa Hanni said. Switching the primary product of the mine, altering the excavation process or increasing noise and dust production would constitute such a
The Humane Society of Goodhue County will play host to its annual Walk-a-Thon event Saturday May 11 at Colvill Park to raise money for the local animal shelter. After a meager start, the Walk-a-Thon, now in its fifth year, has grown increasingly popular, said Anna Ostendorf, executive director of the county's Humane Society. "It's gotten bigger and better, and we've gotten better putting it on," Ostendorf said. The goal of the Walk-a-Thon is twofold: raise money for the Humane Society and celebrate the bond that exists between people and their pets. "It's important to have a bond beca
A new community art initiative is looking to match aspiring student artists with interested mentors -- with or without artistic talent. ArtReach of Red Wing has launched pARTners, an art mentoring program, this spring.
Red Wing City Council discussed the city's waste-to-energy operations at a meeting Monday night, directing staff to move ahead with an interim plan for a temporary outage at the city's solid waste campus.