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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LAKE CITY — A dreary sky and occasional rain set the backdrop for a solemn memorial service May 19 to honor the memory of fallen law enforcement officers. The annual Southeastern Minnesota Police Week Law Enforcement Memorial Service, typically held in Rochester, was held at First Lutheran Church to mark the unveiling of a memorial statue for slain Lake City police officer Shawn Schneider. The church housed a full crowd with attendees overflowing into the entry area.
A new self-help book for women to find balance and reduce stress in their lives features a love story from a small town in southeastern Minnesota. The story of Andrea and Chad Hanson started in 1998 with a tragedy: Chad, a Minnesota Department of Transportation engineer who at that time was still a student at the University of Minnesota, fell asleep while driving and crashed, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
As backyard poultry-keepers prepare their flocks this spring season, Minnesota Department of Health is reminding families of a few safety tips to avoid spreading illness. Though raising small flocks of poultry such chickens and ducks can provide sources of eggs, meat and learning opportunities, the MDH warns of the risk of bacterial infections from handling birds, especially for children under five, the elderly, women who are pregnant and people with weakened immune systems.
Goodhue County Attorney's Office issued a criminal complaint April 19 in the shooting death of a Red Wing man. Charles Deonta Jones, 26, faces two counts of second-degree murder, one count of third-degree murder and one count of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Dangelo Masterjohn, the attorney's office announced Wednesday afternoon. A second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. The complaint alleges Jones shot Masterjohn in the chest at short range in the early morning hours of April 18.
The death of a man found on a sidewalk in Red Wing’s East End is being investigated as an apparent homicide, according to police.
Evan Weckerling was born Jan. 27 in the passenger seat of a minivan on the side of Highway 58 north of Zumbrota. The time of birth was a little after 9 a.m., though parents Katelyn and Derek Weckerling said they were too preoccupied to note the exact minute. The prospect of a roadside delivery was scary enough, but the situation was all the more dire because of a congenital heart condition that made it imperative for the baby boy to get to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, stat.
The message of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March was simple: cancer screening saves lives. When the time comes to get checked, patients have a few options to choose from. "The most well-known is colonoscopy," said Dr. Matt Deppe, a board certified general surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. The test has the greatest sensitivity and also produces the fewest false positives.
Goodhue County is in the top half of Minnesota's 87 counties when it comes to the health of its residents, though it lags behind in some areas compared to its neighbors, according to the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report released March 29. The annual report ranks Goodhue County 23rd in the state for health outcomes, a measure of how healthy residents are right now, and 35th in health factors, which looks at opportunities for residents to be healthy in the future.
Researchers launched a drone March 23 from Memorial Park to test the usefulness of unmanned aerial vehicles to spot invasive plant species. The project is part of ongoing efforts to eradicate Oriental bittersweet, a destructive vine known to smother and break trees. The plant has damaged forested areas in southeastern Minnesota, including Red Wing.