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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After taking steps this summer to resolve a Food and Drug Administration warning letter , Food Service Specialties announced it has been awarded a prestigious safety certification. The certificate of conformity by NSF Food Safety Certificat
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and health officials are calling on women to have a screening mammogram to detect the disease that kills 40,000 people in the U.S.
With Halloween fast approaching, Bill Habedank of Red Wing is gearing up for his annual pumpkin carving display. Habedank will begin creating the 150 jack-o’-lanterns Thursday Oct. 15 and is looking for volunteers to help with scooping, carving and hauling. “I’m trying to make this a community event, because I’m not going to be doing this forever,” Habedank said about the seasonal tradition.
Goodhue County Board agreed Tuesday to set one last meeting with city mayors and administrators to gather input on solid waste issues before making a decision that would raise disposal fees countywide. “There’s nothing else we can do as staff, no more information we can give to you,” Public Works Director Greg Isakson told commissioners about the solid waste discussion that has persisted without conclusion for years. The board is considering a waste designation ordinance that would require garbage collected in the county be sent to Red Wing.
CANNON FALLS — The five panelists at a health policy summit Thursday each touched on various aspects of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on health insurance in the state, but one issue quickly took center stage. “There’s a pretty significant premium rate differential that exists between the metropolitan market and southeastern Minnesota, and this is a tough nut to crack,” said state Sen.
Courtroom, jail projects advance Goodhue County Board unanimously approved moving forward on plans to renovate the Goodhue County Justice Center and update security systems at the Adult Detention Center. The county will pay design firm Short Elliott Hendrickson $84,500 plus reimbursable expenses for engineering and design on the courthouse renovation, which will include a fourth courtroom and meeting room, a fire escape for the Jury Assembly Room and re-done entrance security. The 2011 estimate for the project is $1.3 million.
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...