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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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.
Goodhue County Board and past commissioners joined county staff and Goodhue County Historical Society on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to cut the ceremonial ribbon at the recently renovated Health & Human Services Building. A $7.1 million project to overhaul the historic building at 426 West Ave. and add 9,500 square feet of office space was completed in early 2016.
The public is invited to contribute to the update of the Cannon Valley Trail comprehensive plan at two open houses this month. It is the first update to the plan in 24 years. The first meeting will be 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in Cannon Falls City Hall, held in conjunction with an open house hosted by Goodhue and Dakota Counties for a Lake Bylleby Regional Park master plan. The second meeting will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Red Wing Public Library.
For Adam and Sarah Hansen, comic books are for telling unique and engaging stories, not stockpiling as collector’s items. The married couple’s new business venture, Rivertown Comics & Games, is the epitome of that philosophy, offering a range of comics and graphic novels from big publishers to independent artists.
Minnesota ranks among the top breastfeeding states in the country with more mothers choosing to breastfeed and breastfeed longer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The rate of beginning, or initiating, breastfeeding in Minnesota rose to 90 percent in 2013 — a first since reporting began — from 84 percent in 2012, according to the most recent national breastfeeding statistics released by CDC.
A private rail developer is meeting with a Chinese delegation and Minnesota business leaders to drum up support for high-speed passenger trains from the Twin Cities to Rochester. Minnesota-based North American High Speed Rail Group will share details about the "consortia" next week, Chief Strategy Officer Wendy Meadley said.
Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging drivers to plan ahead and be cautious in work zones when heading out of town for the holiday weekend. "Although major construction projects will be on hold for the weekend, motorists may still encounter lane restrictions and traffic delays," Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle said in a news release. "Your safety is important to us, so we ask that you plan your routes, stay alert and drive carefully in work zones."
Goodhue County commissioners proposed cutting a wage increase and new staff from the nearly $60.5 million preliminary 2017 budget presented at a workshop Tuesday. On the chopping block are requests for an additional full-time court bailiff and a pair of part-time Health and Human Services workers. Commissioners also sought to temper an estimated 2.5 percent general wage adjustment for county employees. Commissioner Ron Allen said he could vote for a 2 percent wage adjustment, but not 2.5 percent.