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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Someone at work or school may already sick. Maybe it's you. Influenza season is here, and health experts are once again urging folks to get their annual flu shot. The flu season got an early start in Wisconsin, with more than a dozen cases reported in the Badger State from Sept. 1-22, according to the Department of Health Services. "We've already had reports of flu cases and hospitalizations due to the flu, so we want to encourage people to get their flu shots as soon as possible," State Health Officer Karen McKeown said in a news release.
WOODBURY — Claire Emery was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. In the months that followed, she endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. With her treatment now completed, the Woodbury resident has turned to helping other women facing a similar ordeal.
A Pierce County man accused of mistreating dogs at a home-based business was in court Tuesday, Sept. 26, for the final hearing before a jury trial begins next month. His first appearance on a new charge of misdemeanour bail jumping was postponed at the hearing pending appointment of a public defender. Jury selection in the animal neglect case is set for Friday, Oct. 20, with the weeklong trial getting underway the following Monday. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles said Tuesday he anticipates 90 to 100 potential jurors will be called.
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.