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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Like many high school seniors, Cliff Allen dreamed of leaving his hometown behind.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants local feedback on plans to renovate or replace the aging Eisenhower Bridge and connected roadways in downtown Red Wing. The bridge is the only Mississippi River crossing within 30 miles of the city.
When Colleen Clark took her 4-year-old grandson to Bay Point Park to watch the trains, she thought it would be the perfect opportunity to practice his counting skills. One, two, three, four... all the way up to 89 tanker cars passed them by. It wasn't until a few days later, after Clark read about the deadly July 6 train derailment in Quebec, that she stopped the think about what was being transported in those 89 cars. "It piqued my curiosity about what's really coming through the community," Clark said.
Red Wing City Council met Wednesday evening to discuss the details of a request for proposal to decide what to do with Mississippi National Golf Links. Council members largely agreed to move ahead with the process, but many of the specifics are still up for debate. The workshop, a follow-up to plans discussed at the July 8 council meeting, was supposed to be a review of a preliminary RFP draft, but staff vacations at Springsted consulting prevented the document from being completed in time, Council President Lisa Bayley said.
The Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission voted not to extend the county's mining moratorium at a meeting Monday night. All that remains is final approval by County Board for the moratorium to automatically expire Sept. 6. The unanimous recommendation came after a nearly two hour public hearing in the Jury Assembly room of the Justice Center, and echoed the recommendation made July 8 by the county's Mining Study Committee.
Workplaces, retail stores, government buildings, bars and restaurants - the list of smoke-free areas in Minnesota encompasses nearly every aspect of life. But there is one place where residents can still smoke with impunity: at home. For homeowners, avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke is as easy as making a rule forbidding smoking inside. For renters - especially those with no other option than subsidized housing - the solution may not be so simple.
When Red Wing Area Seniors Executive Director Nancy Swanson talks about the possibilities for the new Senior Center, the excitement in her voice is unmistakable. "Look at this!" she exclaimed, her words echoing through the cleared out interior of the Pottery Place Annex off Old West Main Street "Think of what we can do here." After 10 years of looking and two building deals that fell through, Red Wing Area Seniors has found its new home. Along with the move to Old West Main Street, the Senior Center also will have a new name: Pier 55.
Review Phoenix Theatre's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," opening this weekend at the Sheldon Theatre, isn't so much a play as it is a celebration. The nearly 75-minute performance barrages the audience with song, dance and whimsy to the point that I almost felt exhausted when leaving the theater. But, after a few minutes of humming the catchy tunes, I had the undeniable urge to see it again.
GOODHUE - U.S. Rep. John Kline toured the dairy farm of Steve and Mary Mathees Friday to see firsthand the damage caused to area fields by the long winter and wet spring, while also providing an update on the House farm bill passed Thursday
Seizures come in a variety of forms. From the potentially violent convulsions of a tonic-clonic to the subtle loss of consciousness of an absence seizure, identifying a seizure in progress...