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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It's made clear early in "Our Town" that death will have an important role in the plot, but the forewarning doesn't prevent the third act from being any less of a punch to the gut.
RIVER FALLS — Two veteran Twin Cities journalists spoke at UW-River Falls Thursday to address the question many have been asking in the wake of Donald Trump's Election Day victory: What just happened? The Minneapolis Star Tribune conducted four polls this year in the leadup to the election — twice as many as it usually conducts — to gauge opinion in the state, politics editor Baird Helgeson told a full crowd in the university's North Hall Auditorium. "And our polling ended up being pretty close to what came down in the final election."
Navigating the holiday season can be stressful even in the best of times. Following the death of a loved one, the holidays can be devastating. Mayo Clinic Health System's Hospice department is offering a free program to help mourners cope with grief during the holidays. There are two sessions available: 1-2:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Professional Community Center, 1407 W. Fourth St.
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — A Red Wing man suspended from a central Minnesota college for alleged sexual misconduct with a female student after a night of Halloween partying last year is suing for violation of rights and unfair treatment. Aaron Wildenborg, 20, was subjected to "discriminatory gender bias" during the investigative and disciplinary process, including failure by school officials to investigate alleged sexual misconduct by the female accuser, according to the suit filed Oct. 25 in U.S. District Court.
As construction gets underway on the new St. Crispin Living Community, staff and residents said they are already looking forward to moving into the 64-bed nursing facility. "The wonderful thing is that everything is going to be connected," said Debby Bradley, St. Crispin Living Community chaplain.
A Bloomington, Minn., man faces a felony burglary charge stemming from his alleged involvement in a Sept. 26 incident including stolen vehicles and a cornfield search near the Goodhue-Dakota county line. Alexander Fredrick Parker, 23, made his first court appearance Sept. 29 in Dakota County on a charge of second-degree burglary. An omnibus hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 27, with a possible jury trial to begin in mid-December. According to court documents:
Two suspects were taken into custody Monday, Sept. 26, after a bizarre sequence of chases and vehicle crashes in Cannon Falls and Dakota County. According to a news release Monday by Cannon Falls police: Police responded to a driving complaint around 9:21 a.m. of a pickup truck pulling a car trailer with its ramps down. When an officer neared State Highway 20, he came across a motor vehicle crash between a semitrailer and a classic car. The driver of the car reportedly fled the scene on foot.
A former Red Wing nursing home employee was sentenced Monday, Sept. 19, in Goodhue County District Court after pleading guilty to a pair of theft charges including stealing a resident's $4,000 wedding ring and bringing it to a pawn shop in 2015.
A University of Minnesota study is assessing the benefits of yoga for people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Researchers at the U of M's School of Nursing in Minneapolis will explore yoga's effect on oxidative stress, motor function and non-motor function in individuals with the degenerative brain disorder that causes tremors, stiffness and slowed movement.