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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Local officials said they are optimistic that a bill expected to be considered this week in the U.S. House of Representatives could mean progress for establishing a repository for the country's spent nuclear fuel, including radioactive waste stored at Prairie Island nuclear plant. Red Wing Mayor Sean Dowse said Tuesday the city supports efforts to get the House bill passed and pave the way for a Senate version. The city intends to craft a letter to the state's congressional delegation ahead of a floor vote.
Christ Episcopal Church will present the third in a series of four cello concerts 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, performed by Aleks Tengesdal. The program presents music of three Russian composers who worked during the period of Soviet oppression.
A proposed bill that cleared a state legislative committee Friday, April 20, would give a $40 million boost to Prairie Island Indian Community for renewable energy programs, as well as provide funds to Xcel Energy for planning related to relocation of spent nuclear fuel stored at the Prairie Island and Monticello nuclear plants.
A group of high school seniors are trading the classroom for the emergency room for an inaugural health care career shadowing program at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. A total of nine young women are taking part in the program. Wearing Winger purple scrubs, the students have been rotating through departments and learning firsthand from medical staff.
The first major traffic change for the Red Wing Bridge project begins this weekend when the slip ramp onto Third Street is closed and vehicles going to and from Wisconsin are diverted to the newly constructed temporary bridge over Highway 61. Cross-state Highway 63 traffic will access the Eisenhower Bridge over the Mississippi River via the new buttonhook ramp and intersection built last year off Highway 61. The river bridge will remain open with some non-peak hour flagging operations this construction season, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
On any given Tuesday around 1 p.m., there's likely to be singing and plenty of laughter coming from the Pier 55 senior center in Red Wing. That's the regular practice time for the Silver Tones, an age 55-plus choral group that has performed for more than decade at area nursing homes, care centers and other venues. The group also meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at First Lutheran Church in Lake City.
An 18-year-old Red Wing woman was arrested Thursday afternoon, March 22, on charges stemming from threatening social media messages authorities believe she sent to herself and two friends using a spoofed phone number. Keyah Mizer was arrested on three counts of felony threat of violence, falsely reporting a crime to law enforcement and disorderly conduct, according to a Red Wing police news release.
CANNON FALLS TOWNSHIP — A homeless man faces burglary and theft charges after allegedly kicking in the door to an occupied house Tuesday night, swiping a set of keys and attempting to drive off in a stolen vehicle as police arrived. Zlatan Lukic, 40, who is listed as homeless in court documents, is charged with first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling, simple robbery, theft, motor vehicle theft and fleeing a peace officer — all felonies — as well as five lesser charges stemming from the March 13 incident. According to the criminal complaint:
Surgeries on the wrong body parts and a serious injury from a fall were among the errors reported at two area hospitals, according to the latest Minnesota Department of Health Adverse Health Events report. There were four adverse events reported at the 50-bed Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing between Oct. 7, 2016 and Oct. 6, 2017: surgery or other invasive procedure performed on the wrong body part, a pressure ulcer, patient burn and patient fall. The surgical error, burn and fall resulted in serious injuries, according to the report.