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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U.S. Rep. John Kline announced Thursday he will not seek re-election next year for Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district. “I want to be clear that there’s a whole lot of work left to be done in the next 16 months in Congress, and I intend to be fully engaged in it,” the 67 year-old Republican congressman said in an 11 a.m.
The Red Wing chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby is looking to send a message to lawmakers that something needs to be done about climate change, and hopes to enlist area residents to help. The environmental group will host a climb of Barn Bluff on Saturday Sept.
Nearly a quarter of renter households in Goodhue County spend half or more of their income on housing, putting families at risk of being unable to afford food and other basic needs, according to a new report by the Minnesota Housing Partnership. A two-bedroom apartment in the county costs around $754 a month, more than the $620 a household could affordably spend at the median renter income of $24,783, according to data compiled in MHP’s 2015 County Profiles report. Renter incomes have fallen 31 percent in Goodhue County since 2000, while inflation-adjusted rent prices have risen 6 percent du
City Council members had mixed reactions Monday night to proposed ordinance changes restricting tobacco and electronic cigarette use in Red Wing. The amendments would ban smoking and e-cigarettes within 15 feet of entrances to workplaces and public buildings, within 25 feet of sidewalk cafes and entirely within the city’s parks and recreation facilities.
East End residents had strong words Wednesday at a neighborhood meeting for a proposed Highway 61 noise wall and the vote that will decide if it gets built. “It’s ugly,” said Nancy Mikitta, who lives about a block from the planned site for the quarter-mile-long, 20-foot-high barrier from Sanderson Street to Arkin Street. “I’ve driven in big cities where they have (noise walls), but we’re not a big city,” Mikitta said.
Picking the right provider for in-home care either for oneself or a family member can be a difficult choice filled with many questions: What companies are out there? What services do they offer?
Armored vehicle grant approved After failing to approve it last week at the Goodhue County Fair, commissioners reconsidered and unanimously approved accepting a federal grant to help purchase a $341,667 BearCat armored vehicle for the county Emergency Response Team. Under the agreement with the Department of Homeland Security, the county will match $74,258 with the city of Red Wing contributing $11,159. Commissioner Ron Allen said the vehicle is a higher priority than other items in the preliminary 2016 budget, and that speaking with his son — a federal law enforcement offi
Goodhue County staff presented the preliminary 2016 budget Tuesday and a proposed levy increase of nearly 6.8 percent — well above the flat levy sought by some County Board members. The budget sits at $59,941,702 with a property tax levy of $29,918,442, though County Administrator Scott Arneson said the figures are based on mid-year estimates and will become clearer in the fall. The 2015 budget is $55,374,624 with a levy of $28,015,490. County Board has been debating this summer whether to freeze the levy at the 2015 amount, which would require reduced spending or additional revenue to make
The 154th Goodhue County Fair returns Aug. 11 to 16 in Zumbrota with live entertainment, food and free family fun. Fair Board member Carl Bang said the two biggest lineup additions this year are bull riding 7 p.m. Friday Aug. 14 in the grandstand followed by a concert featuring country music artist David Lee Murphy. Along with bull riding, the event will include rodeo favorites of barrel racing and mutton bustin’ — in which children try to hold on to fast-moving sheep, Bang said. Bull riding is presented by MT Bucking Bulls and Rodeo Company out of Long Prairie and Belle Plaine, Minnesota.
PINE ISLAND — A rail company spokeswoman made a surprise visit Thursday night at a meeting of southeastern Minnesota residents living in the path of two proposed high-speed passenger lines from the Twin Cities to Rochester. Wendy Meadley with Minnesota-based North American High Speed Rail Group said the company is in the early stages of studying the feasibility of an elevated line between the metropolitan areas, and told a crowd of around 50 people in City Hall that public input would be included throughout the development process. “Rail is never going to be built in Minnesota without citize