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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CANNON FALLS -- They are a symbol of the American spirit: wild mustangs bounding across the open plains. But wild horse and burro populations have expanded over the past 40 years, outgrowing the capacity of available rangeland. That is where Wild Horse and Burro Adoption comes in. The program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management, rounds up excess wild horses and burros and adopts them to good homes. BLM is holding an adoption event 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Twin Cities Horse Sales' Simon Arena north of Cannon Falls.
As a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Dr. William David Farrar has helped patients for years to overcome the fear of having a colonoscopy, without having gone through the procedure himself. That changed last November. Farrar's father, also a gastroenterologist, had a screening in October that found an early cancer. Now at a higher risk for colon cancer, Farrar would have to be screened almost a decade ahead of the recommended age of 50.
Spring officially starts today, but it didn't look like it Monday when a late-season snow storm swept through the region. An inch of snow was recorded at the Red Wing Waste Water Treatment Plant at 7 a.m., with an additional 1.2 inches recorded throughout the day. Red Wing public schools closed two hours early over concerns of snow accumulation and increasing winds throughout the afternoon. The school district then had a two-hour delayed start Tuesday morning. The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a driving advisory for U.S.
Goodhue County commissioners voiced concern over a Minnesota Department of Transportation plan to end through-traffic at the intersection of Highway 52 and County Road 9 south of Cannon Falls, an area prone to fatal crashes. The MnDOT plan would prevent vehicles travelling on County Road 9 from going across Highway 52. Drivers instead would need to turn onto Highway 52 and make a U-turn before turning back onto County Road 9. "We were not delighted to hear about their fix for this intersection," said County Commissioner Jim Bryant at a Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday morning.
ST. PAUL -- On the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate forces had broken through the Union Army lines. Col. William Colvill, commander of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, was ordered to charge his regiment in a desperate attempt to stall the Confederate advance. The 1st Minnesota attacked an enemy force that outnumbered them by as many as 5-to-1. The charge was a success, but the victory was hard-won - only 47 of the 262 Minnesotans were still alive after the 15-minute skirmish. Colvill was shot twice.
The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis has been called a "splendid choice" by a local Catholic church. "What has been revealed so far is that he is a humble man with compassion for the poor," said Father Thomas Kommers of St. Joseph church in Red Wing. The staff of St. Joseph was keeping an eye on election coverage throughout the day Wednesday, and was surprised when Bergoglio was revealed as the new pontiff, Kommers said.
A coin toss was used to settle a tie vote after township elections that saw a number of incumbents retain their positions Tuesday night. Write-in candidate Becky Swenson was elected Leon Township treasurer after a tie with Larry Olson was broken with the flip of a coin. Several townships also held their annual meetings and finalized levy amounts. Here are the results: Belle Creek Tom Gale was elected township supervisor, and William Gorman was elected treasurer. Each candidate received 100 percent of the vote.
While the boys of summer are off to spring practice in Florida, Red Wing boys and girls can show off their wiffle ball skills at a spring break tournament being put on by the YMCA. The tournament is scheduled for March 26 and 27 at the Red Wing Family YMCA and is open to all boys and girls in first through eighth grade. In addition to wiffle ball, each day of the tournament will include music, open swimming and a screening of baseball movies.
Former Red Wing resident Jim Tittle received a call from his mother two years ago that an open-pit frac sand mine was being considered for the Hay Creek bluffs south of the city. "It really threw me for a loop," said Tittle, who remembered the area well from his youth. The curious Tittle set off with a video camera to research the issue of frac sand mining. His work culminated into the documentary film "The Price of Sand," premiering Friday March 22 at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing.
The city will partner with Turf Solutions and Management, or TSM, to open and maintain the driving range at Mississippi National Golf Links. Red Wing City Council approved a motion 4-1 Monday to sign a contract with TSM and use general fund contingency money to keep the driving range open this year. TSM submitted an estimated cost of $26,500 to open the range for seven months and $24,500 for five months.