Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.
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The Mississippi River has traditionally been a hub for commerce in the region. It is only fitting that it serves as the backdrop for the annual 100-Mile Garage Sale going on Thursday through Saturday in the Lake Pepin area. A path marked by balloons and ribbons will guide thousands of bargain-hunters through 15 towns along the Mississippi River.
ZUMBROTA -- Mining Study Committee members presented a list of proposed changes to Goodhue County's mining ordinance at a township meeting Thursday, including adding restrictions to make it more difficult for existing aggregate mines to switch to mining silica sand. One proposal would require existing mines in Goodhue County to reapply for permits if a "significant change" was made to operations on the site, Land-use Management Director Lisa Hanni said. Switching the primary product of the mine, altering the excavation process or increasing noise and dust production would constitute such a
The Humane Society of Goodhue County will play host to its annual Walk-a-Thon event Saturday May 11 at Colvill Park to raise money for the local animal shelter. After a meager start, the Walk-a-Thon, now in its fifth year, has grown increasingly popular, said Anna Ostendorf, executive director of the county's Humane Society. "It's gotten bigger and better, and we've gotten better putting it on," Ostendorf said. The goal of the Walk-a-Thon is twofold: raise money for the Humane Society and celebrate the bond that exists between people and their pets. "It's important to have a bond beca
A new community art initiative is looking to match aspiring student artists with interested mentors -- with or without artistic talent. ArtReach of Red Wing has launched pARTners, an art mentoring program, this spring.
Red Wing City Council discussed the city's waste-to-energy operations at a meeting Monday night, directing staff to move ahead with an interim plan for a temporary outage at the city's solid waste campus.
When Avi Kae Johnson was born seven weeks prematurely, parents Missy and Nate Johnson were worried about their daughter's future. "It was really frightening and surreal," Missy Johnson said. "At the time I wasn't sure what would happen." Avi Kae, who will start kindergarten in the fall, is now a happy and thriving kid.
Former Red Wing resident AmandaJean Beaulieu got involved with the American Heart Association after her father developed a heart condition while she was in college. But she never thought she would be a patient of one of the very diseases she learned so much about. While driving to work in October 2009, Beaulieu -- just five days from her 27th birthday -- started to feel a pain in her chest. "Being part of the Heart Association, I knew something was wrong," Beaulieu said. When it grew hard to breathe and her left arm became numb, she decided to turn her car around and take herself to th
The Red Wing office of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, SARA, is asking local men if they have what it takes to walk a mile in women's shoes. The fifth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to raise awareness for sexual assault and gender violence will be April 20 at Central Park in downtown Red Wing. "The event keeps growing each year," said Katherine Cross, program coordinator for SARA.
The Goodhue County Board voted unanimously to commit 20 percent of the cost to build an overpass at Highway 52 and County Road 9 at a meeting Tuesday morning. The board previously discussed committing 15 percent, or around $1.5 million, but Minnesota Department of Transportation officials revealed the cost of participation with the project would be 20 percent, Public Works Director Greg Isakson said. Preliminary design work on the interchange also has increased the estimated cost of the project from $8 million to $11 million, Isakson said.
It's hard to think about caring for a lawn when it's buried under nearly an inch and a half of fresh April snow, and that's putting a damper on business at area lawn and garden stores. "It has been a big delay for us," said Jennifer Ziemer, landscape designer for River Valley Landscape. "It doesn't make sense to go measure lawns when they're covered in snow." Over at Red Wing Ace Hardware, customers are just starting to trickle in, said owner Troy Daniels.