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 former intern for Every Hand Joined raising money for the organization and two other nonprofits by running from coast to coast passed through Red Wing this weekend. Kyle Lang, 20, made it to the Anderson Center after 5 p.m. Friday, July 21. He left the city Saturday morning running south on Highway 61 on the 2,967-mile journey that began June 5. He plans to reach Coney Island on the Atlantic coast on Aug. 18. Lang gave thanks to the Red Wing community on his Facebook page :
As folks look to cram in their summer activities this month, the American Red Cross is calling on eligible donors to find time to give blood and platelets. Blood donations have not met expectations for the past two months, with about 61,000 fewer donations than needed, according to the Red Cross. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross collecting no blood for more than four days.
When a fire broke out in a Red Wing house in the early morning hours of May 6, it was barking from the family dog that reportedly helped the occupants escape harm. The household's cat was later rescued by firefighters. Just over a month later, Red Wing firefighters rescued a cat and five kittens from a fire at the city's solid waste campus. In a similar incident June 13 in Hastings, first-responders retrieved two cats and bearded dragon lizard from a burning duplex.
Deputies in Wabasha County took a Goodhue man into custody Thursday evening, June 29, after he jumped into the Zumbro River and floated for several miles, authorities said. Deputies responded to a burglary call around 6 p.m. Thursday in the city of Millville, located east of Zumbro Falls, and were told a suspicious man was seen standing near the river at the edge of town, according to a news release. As they approached the man, identified as Brent Espenson, 32, he allegedly became agitated and jumped into the water.
RED WING, Minn. — A child safety group is warning parents about the potential choking hazard of fidget spinners as kids look to keep busy this summer. The trendy spinning toy can fall apart and the small pieces could become lodged in a child's throat, according to World Against Toys Causing Harm. The group ranked fidget spinners no. 1 on its Top 10 Summer Safety Traps for 2017 report released June 21. "Do not be lulled into a false sense of security that a toy is safe simply because it is popular," said Joan Siff, president of WATCH, in a news release.
Salad greens do not get much fresher than what is being served at select HealthPartners hospitals and clinics in the St. Croix Valley area. The health care provider recently teamed with a Twin Cities-based aquaponics farm to deliver certified-organic produce within 24 hours of being harvested. Both organizations touted the pilot project as an easy way for patients and staff to eat healthy and be eco-friendly.
Ellsworth High School senior Alexandra Georgakas does not back down from a challenge. They only motivate her. Case in point, when the longtime volleyball player lost her starting spot on the team to a freshman, she knew it was time to step it up. "I had to work hard and show that I deserved the spot," Georgakas said, adding that accomplishing her goal is one of the top highlights of her high school career.
RED WING, Minn.—A difficult baby delivery turned into a race against time to save the life of a Minnesota mother. Lisa Jaeger, of Cannon Falls, Minn., experienced a massive hemorrhage while undergoing a cesarean section last month at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, and the crucial blood she needed was 45 miles away in St. Paul. That is when Minnesota State Patrol troopers Jesse Einhorn, Jacob Letourneau and Dau Yang sprang into action.
GOODHUE — Jacob McNamara will leave his hometown for college in the fall, but the Goodhue senior said he plans to return. McNamara, son of Dave and Rose McNamara, will study education at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn., with hopes of coming back to Goodhue Public Schools as a faculty member. “Ever since I was younger I wanted to do something with school, either a teacher or a coach,” he said, adding that working with special education students in Goodhue opened his eyes to possible career paths. “I want to give back what everybody gave me, all of my teachers.”
WOODBURY — A mix of adults, teens and children descended on Royal Oaks Elementary School with one thing in common: a shared interest in unicycling. Twin Cities Unicycle Club held an open practice in the school gymnasium May 23 to highlight an activity club members said provides good exercise and even better company. "The big things I like about unicycling is it's a great way to stay in shape, and it's also an excellent group for camaraderie," said Art Kotz of Woodbury, the club's vice president.