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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Finishing paving the southbound lanes of Highway 61 will be the focus leading up to the Fourth of July weekend when roadwork is expected to flip to the northbound lanes,...
Jail boarding contract renewed Goodhue County Commissioners voted unanimously to renew a contract with the Minnesota Department of Corrections to house state offenders at the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center through June 2016. Under the contract, the state will compensate the county at a per diem rate of $55 per offender, not to exceed $1,114,125 for the 12-month period. That would mean an average of 55 state offenders per day at the county jail. The jail houses 68 state offenders currently and has averaged between 50 and 70 over the past nine months, said Capt.
The number of Minnesota children age 5 and younger poisoned by electronic cigarette liquid jumped 35 percent last year, prompting health officials to release a health advisory on the dangers of nicotine found in “e-juice.” There were 62 nicotine poisonings in the state in 2014, up from three cases in 2012, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. About half of the cases required emergency room visits. Flavored e-cigarettes refills can have nicotine levels dangerous to young children, who may be attracted to the liquid thinking it to be candy or a drink, the MDH says.
CANNON FALLS — Like many students going away to camp this summer, Miranda Felton will leave home to explore the greater world. She’ll just be going farther than most —...
Natalie Johnston knows firsthand the benefits of participating in 4-H, having joined the youth-development organization as a kindergartner growing up on her parents’ farm in west central Minnesota. “I think 4-H really prepares you for life,” Johnston said.
Financial confidence among the state’s manufacturers is at its highest point since 2008, but the cost of health care coverage and difficulties attracting qualified workers are top concerns for growth, according to a recent industry survey. Results show 89 percent of executives are confident in the future of their firms, according to the State of Manufacturing survey by Enterprise Minnesota, a statewide consulting group.
GOODHUE — Taylor Larson stood hand-in-hand with seven of her friends in the high school gym Friday night for the annual Miss Goodhue Pageant, part of the 2015 Volksfest weekend. As the crown was placed on her head, she closed her eyes for a brief moment before getting swamped with hugs and applause from the packed crowd moving in to get a closer look at the newest ambassador to the city. The Goodhue High School student is involved in basketball, volleyball, National Honor Society, band and volunteers with Family Career and Community Leaders of America. She said she hopes to attend college i
The majority of deaths investigated last year in Goodhue County were of natural causes and to people 65 years and older, according to an annual report by the regional medical...
County Board approved filling several Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office patrol and detention deputy vacancies, while also giving the agency greater autonomy to make future hiring decisions. Commissioners voted unanimously to replace three deputies in the Adult Detention Center. Additionally, to address high staff turnover, they voted to allow the Sheriff’s office to fill future detention deputy vacancies without board approval as long as the jail houses an average of 100 or more inmates over the previous month.
CANNON FALLS — High school senior Hannah Brummund said the year has gone by in a flash — not surprising considering her jam-packed schedule. Along with taking four Advanced Placement...