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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After a contentious 3-2 vote, the Goodhue County Board approved a list of amendments to the county's mining ordinance Tuesday afternoon. The board will consider making additional amendments and the possibility of extending the county's mining moratorium for another year before it expires Sept. 6. The motion was forwarded by Commissioner Ted Seifert and seconded by Commissioner Dan Rechtzigel. Commissioners Ron Allen and Jim Bryant voted against it. "I hope the public understands that we can't keep doing perpetual moratoriums," Rechtzigel said.
A lot has changed in Goodhue County since the 1970s, but there is one thing residents have always been able to rely on: the guidance and support of Father Bruce Peterson. At the end of the month, Peterson, 82, will retire after 43 years as pastor of St. Columbkill, St. Mary and Holy Trinity parishes near Goodhue. "It's just gotten to the point where I have to start to take things slow," Peterson said of his decision to retire.
Looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift idea? Treat him to a day off by donning the apron and tongs for some outdoor grilling. With the right tools and a little practice, grilling a home-cooked meal can be a surprisingly simple -- and simply salivating -- way to show appreciation for dad's yearly grilling handiwork. Choosing the right meat When just starting out, easy-to-cook meats like hot dogs and hamburgers are a great way to learn the basics of grill preparation and heat management. If time is a factor Sunday, hamburgers can be grilled in only a few minutes.
After nearly 18 months of discussion, public meetings and revisions, the Board of Commissioners is set to vote on a revised ordinance and comprehensive plan that could affect the future of the frac-sand industry in Goodhue County. The board will vote on the amended documents after a public hearing 1 p.m.
Numbness or pain in the left arm; shortness of breath; and pressure on the chest. The symptoms of a heart attack have been ingrained in society by educational campaigns and popular culture. But when it comes to strokes, the warning signs can be nebulous and easily overlooked. "The signs and symptoms of a stroke can be subtle," said Dr. Gregory Kays, director of emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing.
When Kaylyn Nygaard watched Habitat for Humanity volunteers build her family's home a few years ago, she said it was frustrating being too young to take part. "I felt bad that I couldn't help," Nygaard said. "I was interested in the process and wanted to be a part of it." Now a Cannon Falls High School graduate with a number of carpentry projects under her belt, Nygaard is finally getting her chance. Nygaard was selected to be one of this year's VISTA Summer Associates, an eight-week AmeriCorp program for humanitarian work in low-income communities.
Dreary weather moved the festivities into the gymnasium, but gray skies couldn't dampen spirits Friday night for close to 200 Red Wing High School seniors participating in the school's 138th annual commencement exercise. The crowd was all smiles -- and a few tears -- as parents, teachers and friends congratulated graduates with handshakes and hugs before the ceremony. "We have done a lot of thinking and working to get to this point," said student Kristen Anderson in a farewell speech titled "Do What's Right." "Be kind and respectful to people you meet," she said to her fellow classmates.
Starting to train for a foot race is as easy as taking a first step.
Elysa Miller is a reminder that education is not always a one-size-fits-all experience. After transferring between Red Wing High School and Hastings High School for a couple years, Miller made the switch February to Red Wing's Tower View Alternative High School -- and she never looked back. Miller, who graduated this spring, said learning at Tower View meant more independence and the opportunity to graduate ahead of other students.
In the final installment of a four-part series, the Republican Eagle asked the six Red Wing mayoral candidates to describe their greatest strengths, while revealing areas in which they could improve. All responses are published as they were received by candidates. The only editing was to trim answers to fit an imposed word limit. Dan Bender What strength would you bring to the mayor's office? I have demonstrated my dedication to our community through involvement and service.