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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A doctor formerly employed in Lake City is suing Mayo Clinic Health System for alleged retaliation and defamation after he raised concerns about changes to the way services are delivered at the medical center. John Renelt said he was denied a promotion and threatened with termination following a Jan. 18, 2016, exchange with administrators and the local Board of Trustees warning of patient safety due to reductions in off-hour emergency services and plans to replace emergency room physicians with nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Dental health professionals are stressing the importance of teaching good habits early to keep children healthy and smiling. February is National Children's Dental Health Month. The slogan for 2017 is "Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile," a reminder to limit sugary drinks as part of a dental health regimen along with brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes and making regular visits to the dentist.
Mindy Ahler and Ryan Hall took off on their bicycles Aug. 27, 2016, from Seaside, Ore., a coastal city abbuting the Pacific Ocean. Ahead of them was an 11-week, 4,000-plus mile ride across the country to spark a conversation about climate change. Ahler and her partner, Paul Thompson, who joined her for 850 miles of the trek, will share their experiences 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11, at First Lutheran Church, 615 W. Fifth St.
The 28th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair runs Feb. 3-5, 2017 in Hudson. The balloon rally and winter festival — with the theme "Gone with the Windz" — will feature 30-plus hot air balloons and a full slate of family-friendly activities. Check out the Hudson Star Observer's coverage as well as event schedules and highlights here .
A new report ranks Minnesota among the most expensive states for smokers in cost per year and over a lifetime. Minnesota placed 44th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in total cost per smoker in both categories when adding out-of-pocket expenses as well as the hypothetical loss of financial opportunity, health care costs, income loss and other costs, according to the report by WalletHub released this month.
Minnesota drivers have a new tool for checking winter road conditions thanks to cameras installed on some of the transportation department’s 838 snowplows. The cameras periodically take still photos of the road and upload them to www.511mn.org .
KENYON — Dan Rechtzigel smiled as his sister read aloud from a childhood letter of his published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the terse writing of the 11-year-old Wanamingo student packed with irony. "Do not go into politics," it began. "Most of the people in politics are crooked."
A Goodhue County deputy is out of the hospital and recovering after being assaulted Wednesday, Jan. 18, while serving a court order in a Red Wing neighborhood, according a Sheriff’s Office news release Thursday. Patrol Sgt. Jason Johnson sustained “significant” though non life-threatening injuries in the incident, the Sheriff’s Office says.
The start of a new year can be a source of inspiration to get healthy, and for some that means a renewed focus on nutrition. But how much of a good thing is too much when it comes to taking vitamins? "It is always best to ask your primary provider or pharmacist about the specifics of a vitamin, if you are planning to start one or are having problems from taking it," according to Dr. Scott Benson, a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls.
With the temperature hovering near 0 degrees, an excavator began work Wednesday, Jan. 4 tearing down an apartment building at the corner of West Avenue and West Fourth Street. Goodhue County plans to use the property as a parking lot for the recently renovated Health and Human Services Building.