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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FRONTENAC — The sound of crows echoed through the woods near the otherwise serene picnic area at Frontenac State Park last month. Walking west along the paved trail, visitors could...
The preliminary design and environmental review process to replace the aging Highway 63 river bridge is coming to a close, and Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation departments are seeking public input...
LAKE CITY — Betty and Lloyd Budensiek climbed into their silver pickup just after sunup Saturday June 27 and left home pulling a customized animal trailer. They were hauling driving carts, harnesses, a couple days’ worth of feed and three very important passengers: miniature horses, groomed and ready to show at Simon Arena in Cannon Falls. The venue hosted an American Miniature Horse Registry and American Shetland Pony Club show over the weekend, and the Budensieks were signed up to compete. But first they had to transport the horses — Emma, Rosie and Squeak — from the farm, which is no sma
Construction zones and detours are making getting around town more difficult this summer, but motorists generally have done well to obey signs and speed limits — and city officials have...
CANNON FALLS — Freshman Goodhue County Commissioner Jason Majerus kicked off the yearly tax discussion Wednesday at the Cannon Valley Fair, forwarding a contentious motion that would have set a flat property tax levy for 2016. Commissioner Ron Allen followed up with a friendly amendment delaying the decision until the state deadline in September, while advising county staff to anticipate a flat levy when making department budgets this summer. The motion passed 3-2, with Commissioners Brad Anderson and Dan Rechtzigel voicing strong opposition. “It seems a little premature to do that being we
Pediatricians at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing are stepping out of the exam room and hitting the walking path this summer to motivate children to get active. The doctors will be in Bay Point Park at 5:15 p.m. Mondays through July 27 to lead family walks and demonstrate the importance of regular exercise. “We plan to walk a few laps and have a conversation about healthy habits — and have some fun,” Dr.
A suspected case of Jamestown Canyon virus, an uncommon mosquito-borne illness, has been reported in Goodhue County, according to Public Health Nurse Vicki Iocco with Goodhue County Health and Human...
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.