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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The sun is out, the fish are biting and the water is fine. It's boating season in the Midwest and all the pieces are coming together for a great time on the lake. Before you gas up the 18-footer and take the family out for a day of fishing, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources remind boaters to bring along the final piece necessary to make the outing complete -- life jackets.
Goodhue County Board briefs for the June 18, 2013, meeting
Goodhue County Board directed staff Tuesday to continue studying building options for a space shortage that has county employees cramped in the Government Center. Staff presented two options for adding office space prior to the board meeting at a Committee of the Whole discussion, and later asked the board for direction on which option the county should pursue. But commissioners agreed further study is required before a decision can be made.
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.