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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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
Up until Friday, Rayne Knutson had only gotten her hair trimmed but not cut. When it came time to chop off about a foot of her blond locks, the Ellsworth 8-year-old decided she wanted to make the years of upkeep and uncomfortable brushings worthwhile. Through a partnership with Great Clips and nonprofit organization Wigs for Kids, Knutson’s hair will be donated to make wigs for children and young adults, many of them facing a health crisis such as cancer. Knutson said she was nervous while waiting her turn at the Great Clips salon in Red Wing, but also excited that her hair will be used to
Chris Ring is getting a unique first impression of Minnesota, hopping from city to city while swimming his way down the length of the Mississippi River. The U.S. Navy veteran...
After a brief deliberation, a jury found Wanamingo Township Supervisor Thomas Joseph Shane guilty Thursday of destroying township election ballots last year. Shane, 59, of Zumbrota, faces up to one...
The jury trial for a Wanamingo Township supervisor accused of burning township election ballots in 2014 got underway Tuesday in Goodhue County District Court. Defense attorney Alex Rogosheske said his...
When it’s ready for deployment, the new Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office dive team will be trained to enter the murky and often frigid Mississippi River on rescue and recovery missions...
The tax debate continued Tuesday with Goodhue County Board approving a motion to ensure residents have time to review potential cuts to programs and services before the 2016 levy and budget are finalized in December. Three commissioners on the five-member board are pushing for a controversial levy freeze next year, which county staff says will leave a budget gap of around $2.5 million. Commissioner Dan Rechtzigel said he is concerned a decision on how to balance the budget will be pushed off until the last minute.
Keeping children and teens in Red Wing fed during the summer takes a community effort, and there is no shortage of volunteers, said Maureen Nelson, executive director of United Way...