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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One of a Kenyon man’s final wishes for his property to become a park moved closer to fruition Tuesday when Goodhue County Board narrowly voted to accept the donated parcels and purchase additional land nearby. The pair of 3-to-2 votes to move forward with the park were nearly derailed by a side debate on county taxes, with some commissioners voicing reluctance to approve spending before the 2016 levy is approved. The estate of Harold Nielsen approached the county last year about developing dozens of wooded acres west of Kenyon for park purposes.
Seniors in Lake City and surrounding communities have a new option for independent and assisted living. The Bluffs of Lake City, a new three-story, 83,500-square-foot senior living community overlooking the waters of Lake Pepin, held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday. The $13.4 million complex has 66 apartments — 42 for independent and assisted living and 24 for private memory care — and offers a variety of amenities to allow residents to “age in place,” said Executive Director Theresa Bigalk with Ebenezer. Aging in place is the Minneapolis-based senior housing provider
A weight-loss therapy utilizing a gastric balloon debuted last month at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. A diabetic Florida man was the first to undergo the procedure, which involves inserting a deflated silicon balloon in the stomach with help from an endoscope and inflating it to the size of a grapefruit with saline. It is kept in for six months, then removed. When expanded the balloon stimulates receptors that tell the brain the patient is full, as well as slows the rate of food emptying the stomach — making them feel full longer, said Dr.
The first visitor Sept. 23 to Sherry Gerlock’s community health care building was a pregnant 16-year-old struggling to afford prenatal services. Gerlock, dental coordinator for Red Wing CARE Clinic, is...
Wanamingo Township Supervisor Thomas Shane will be allowed to remain in office after a felony conviction for burning ballots last year was sentenced Friday as a gross misdemeanor instead. Shane,...
Russ Asper was a quiet guy who family members said would not have known what to say to the donors and volunteers taking part this weekend in the Walk to...
The traffic signal at Old West Main Street was activated as planned Monday for turns onto and off Highway 61, meaning the temporary signals at Fulton and Franklin streets are...
After entertaining a series of failed motions Tuesday to set the preliminary 2016 property tax levy, Goodhue County commissioners hesitantly agreed to an increase of 3.33 percent. The vote ended a 45-minute discussion including three unsuccessful attempts to raise the levy between 2.9 and 7.08 percent over the 2015 amount. Commissioners Dan Rechtzigel and Ron Allen found common ground on a 3.77 percent increase — the amount recommend by county staff — though agreed to drop to 3.33 percent after a friendly amendment by Board Chair Ted Seifert.
It is about half a mile on foot from Levee Park to Bay Point Park; or, put another way, a scenic 11-minute walk past boathouses along the shore of the Mississippi River. Walking signs put up around Red Wing last month listing time — not distance — to area attractions are intended to encourage residents and tourists to explore the city and be active in the process, said Michelle Leise with Live Healthy Red Wing. “We wanted to do something that would just be a gentle nudge,” said Leise, coordinator of the community fitness and nutrition organization. The signs were placed near popular parking
Traffic will flip to inside Highway 61 lanes today for crews to complete concrete work on the outer edges of the roadway and finish the traffic signal at Old West...