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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Back-to-school time is stressful for both students and parents. Lists of school supplies, new clothes, learning a different schedule and locker combination — the next month can quickly overwhelm without the right preparation. As if the list of things to do wasn't long enough, there's one other important thing for parents to remember and for students to dread: immunizations.
ELLSWORTH -- There is certainly no shortage of generous and enterprising senior citizens in Pierce County. So much so, this year's Most Admired Senior Citizen award at the Pierce County Fair went to not one, but seven senior citizens — including two husband-and-wife pairs. "This year we had an unprecedented number of applicants," said Ginny Huber, who has worked with the fair for six years.
Goodhue County is looking into options for its Mental Health Center, including the possibility of privatizing its operation as early as next year. A Health and Human Services Board study committee presented the pros and cons of privatization at a meeting Aug. 6. Members agreed the most favorable option is for the county to continue operating its Community Support Program while requesting proposals from local providers interested in taking over mental health services.
Silica sand mining in Goodhue County will have to hold off for at least another six months. County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the county's mining moratorium for an additional 180 days past its Sept. 6 end date, eliciting a round of applause from an impassioned crowd of close to a hundred area residents gathered in the Government Center. The decision is less than the one-year extension sought by citizens, but the compromise was seen as a victory, said Jody McIlrath, chairwoman of local activist group Save-the-Bluffs.
A grassroots partnership of civic groups, local businesses and school district staff is looking to change the way children are educated -- from cradle to career. The Red Wing School Board heard more about the initiative, called Every Hand Joined, at a work-study session Monday night, including plans to begin advertising its benefits to the community at large. "This isn't a project that has a beginning and an end to it," said Scott Jones, president of the Jones Family Foundation and supporter of Every Hand Joined. "This is a movement."
A crowd of around 50 local government representatives and concerned citizens gathered Friday in the St. James Hotel for a meeting with state officials on the topic of silica sand...
For years experts have extolled the benefits of green, leafy vegetables as part of a balanced diet. But if healthy eating is the goal, there is another kind of fresh produce often avoided on supermarket shelves: the purple and bulbous variety. With its unique shape and striking color, eggplant is certainly recognizable in any produce department or farmers market. But it can also be intimidating to try for the first time.
Just over a year ago, Fairview Red Wing Health Services was acquired and rebranded as Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing.
Following Wednesday's fatal scooter crash at Highway 61 and Hill Street, authorities are asking all motorists to stay alert when driving downtown.
Goodhue County Board approved a $10-per-vehicle wheelage tax starting in 2014. The estimated revenue in the first year is $463,000.