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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With the temperature hovering near 0 degrees, an excavator began work Wednesday, Jan. 4 tearing down an apartment building at the corner of West Avenue and West Fourth Street. Goodhue County plans to use the property as a parking lot for the recently renovated Health and Human Services Building.
Downtown Red Wing got a new look in 2016 with the completion of the two-year, multimillion-dollar Main Street/Highway 61 reconstruction project. Reopening of the Plum Street intersection in late-August marked the end of major construction work on the project that included resurfacing the roadway and renovating sidewalks from Potter Street to Old West Main Street.
Plans for the publicly funded Zip Rail project came to a stop in January, but opponents of the Twin Cities-Rochester passenger line turned their attention to a separate attempt by the private sector.
With recent snow storms already having caused havoc on roadways this season, Minnesota and Wisconsin safety officials are reminding motorists of the importance of a winter driving survival kit. Keeping some food and utility items in a vehicle can be lifesaving in an emergency, according to ReadyWisconsin, an initiative of the state's Emergency Management department.
A Bloomington, Minn., man accepted a plea agreement Wednesday, Nov. 30, to second-degree burglary of a dwelling for his role in a Sept. 26 incident that included multiple chases and vehicle crashes near Cannon Falls. Alexander Fredrick Parker, 23, was sentenced to 120 days local confinement in Dakota County minus 66 days credit for time served. The sentence is to be served as work release if eligible. A 28-month prison term for the felony was stayed for 10 years of probation, including conditions that he pay restitution and undergo chemical dependency evaluation and treatment.
It's made clear early in "Our Town" that death will have an important role in the plot, but the forewarning doesn't prevent the third act from being any less of a punch to the gut.
RIVER FALLS — Two veteran Twin Cities journalists spoke at UW-River Falls Thursday to address the question many have been asking in the wake of Donald Trump's Election Day victory: What just happened? The Minneapolis Star Tribune conducted four polls this year in the leadup to the election — twice as many as it usually conducts — to gauge opinion in the state, politics editor Baird Helgeson told a full crowd in the university's North Hall Auditorium. "And our polling ended up being pretty close to what came down in the final election."
Navigating the holiday season can be stressful even in the best of times. Following the death of a loved one, the holidays can be devastating. Mayo Clinic Health System's Hospice department is offering a free program to help mourners cope with grief during the holidays. There are two sessions available: 1-2:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Professional Community Center, 1407 W. Fourth St.
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — A Red Wing man suspended from a central Minnesota college for alleged sexual misconduct with a female student after a night of Halloween partying last year is suing for violation of rights and unfair treatment. Aaron Wildenborg, 20, was subjected to "discriminatory gender bias" during the investigative and disciplinary process, including failure by school officials to investigate alleged sexual misconduct by the female accuser, according to the suit filed Oct. 25 in U.S. District Court.