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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Last weekend was the busiest yet for showings of the independent film "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" — a remarkable feat considering it opened in theaters months ago. The movie started a limited run Friday, Sept. 15, at Red Wing Cinema 8, part of a continuing rollout to screens across the country. Director and co-writer Steven Lewis Simpson said a key reason for the movie's success is its heart, something that can't be purchased no matter what size the budget. "It's funny in parts, but it's also very deeply moving and powerful," he said.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing ranked first out of 161 community clinics nationwide in the Vizient 2017 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D. Quality Leadership awards presented Sept. 14 at the Clinical Connections Summit in Denver. Mayo Clinic in Rochester also ranked first out of 107 academic medical centers.
There will soon be a new name for urgent medical care in Red Wing. The Urgent Care department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing will make the switch to Same Day Clinic starting Monday, Sept. 18. The clinic, open to all ages, will be available for appointments or walk-ins noon to 7:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends. Urgent Care currently operates on a policy of first come, first served, without an appointment option.
As the nation watched the tragedy in Texas and Louisiana unfold this week in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Lacy Hayes of Red Wing was getting regular updates and photographs from her sister living the flood-ravaged Houston area. Minnesota native Vanity Walden, who lives in North Houston with her husband and two children, wrote in an email Wednesday night, Aug. 30, that it was raining each day until around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Though her home was spared, she said surrounding neighborhoods were impacted by the historic flooding.
It can be an overwhelming time for parents as they prepare their children to go back to school. There are supplies to gather, new clothes to buy, haircuts to schedule — the list goes on. But what about a child's health? It is beneficial to identify health concerns and put together a plan before classes start, said Dr. Lawrence Richmond, who practices family medicine at Park Nicollet Clinic in Plymouth, Minn., part of the HealthPartners organization.
A photo of a white and maroon Minnesota State Patrol cruiser, with help from a high-profile background, earned enough online votes earlier this month to appear in a calendar featuring the best looking cruisers in the country.
For more than two decades, the Kancer Kickers teams have participated in the Mississippi Shuffle, Red Wing's annual Relay For Life event that took place Friday night, Aug. 11, in Bay Point Park. Made up almost entirely of cancer survivors, Kancer Kickers is a source of inspiration and friendship for its members, said Pam Hallahan, team captain of Kancer Kickers 1. She founded the team in 1993 after her own bout with cancer. The team's popularity required the creation of the Kancer Kickers 2 a year later.
Nursing students looking to turn an associate degree into a bachelor's degree will soon have a local classroom option through a new partnership between Minnesota State College Southeast and Winona State University. WSU will bring its Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program to MSC Southeast's Red Wing campus beginning with select online-only courses this fall. Additional courses are expected to start in Red Wing in January 2018.
Whether it's maroon and white in Minnesota or blue and white in Wisconsin, State Patrol cruisers are an unmistakable sight on area highways. But how do the local State Patrol styles compare to the rest of the country? Minnesota and Wisconsin State Patrols are competing in American Association of State Troopers' 2017 Best Looking Cruiser Contest. The 12 cruiser photos with the most Facebook "likes" will be featured in AAST's 2018 wall calendar.