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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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 examiner’s office. “What we like to see is this high bar of natural deaths; that’s a good thing,” said Dr. R.
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...
Summer road paving contract revised The board voted 3-1 to revise a $1.7 million contract with Rochester Sand and Gravel to add paving of County Road 2 through Frontenac this summer for approximately $285,000. The work will be done in place of repaving the parking lot at the Goodhue County Public Works building, a project the board rejected last month.
Red Wing Family YMCA and Mayo Clinic Health System want to get people moving this summer, and bring families and the community closer together in the process. The organizations have partnered again this year for Get Ready to Ramble, a 10-week training program for people of all ages to prepare for the River City Ramble run/walk fundraiser held Aug. 1 in Red Wing. Mayo Clinic Health System athletic trainer Kathy Sheehan and YMCA personal trainer Jenna Seeley developed the program and will guide participants through weekly sessions held 5:15 p.m.