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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Researchers launched a drone March 23 from Memorial Park to test the usefulness of unmanned aerial vehicles to spot invasive plant species. The project is part of ongoing efforts to eradicate Oriental bittersweet, a destructive vine known to smother and break trees. The plant has damaged forested areas in southeastern Minnesota, including Red Wing.
The new ob-gyn at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing came to the community by way of Africa, Cuba, India, New York, Thailand and the U.K. Dr. Rubin Raju, who now splits his residence between Red Wing and Rochester, said he has experienced a lot living in a variety of countries, including the differences in health care systems around the world. The 29-year-old's story began in Malawi, a country in southeastern Africa where he and his sister were born. His parents are Indian in origin, and his father was stationed in Malawi as a diplomat.
Goodhue County has been placed under an emergency quarantine after emerald ash borer was found in a tree in Red Wing, the first time the invasive beetle has been identified in the county, according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. In a news release Thursday , March 2, the MDA says an employee hiking over the weekend at Barn Bluff noticed an ash tree with woodpecker damage, "a tell-tale sign of possible EAB infestation."
Parts of southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin were hit with several inches of snow overnight and Friday morning, Feb. 24, but accumulation dropped off quickly to the north, sparing the Twin Cities metro area from an anticipated messy morning commute.
Following a stretch of unseasonably warm temperatures in February, snow is back in the forecast. A winter storm is expected to blanket the region Thursday night, Feb. 23, through Friday with a foot or more of snow in some areas, according to the National Weather Service Twin Cities office. The weather service cautions it could be the strongest winter storm of the season. Much of central Minnesota including the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs as well as western Wisconsin were included in an updated winter storm watch Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Area businesses looking to foster a healthy workplace culture can receive help through a new initiative by Live Well Goodhue County. The Workplace Wellness Collaborative is a no-cost endeavor to assist employers develop or improve programs encouraging healthy behaviors, including: • Finding a time and place for exercise • Making nutritious food available • Going tobacco-free • Accommodating nursing mothers
A doctor formerly employed in Lake City is suing Mayo Clinic Health System for alleged retaliation and defamation after he raised concerns about changes to the way services are delivered at the medical center. John Renelt said he was denied a promotion and threatened with termination following a Jan. 18, 2016, exchange with administrators and the local Board of Trustees warning of patient safety due to reductions in off-hour emergency services and plans to replace emergency room physicians with nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Dental health professionals are stressing the importance of teaching good habits early to keep children healthy and smiling. February is National Children's Dental Health Month. The slogan for 2017 is "Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile," a reminder to limit sugary drinks as part of a dental health regimen along with brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes and making regular visits to the dentist.
Mindy Ahler and Ryan Hall took off on their bicycles Aug. 27, 2016, from Seaside, Ore., a coastal city abbuting the Pacific Ocean. Ahead of them was an 11-week, 4,000-plus mile ride across the country to spark a conversation about climate change. Ahler and her partner, Paul Thompson, who joined her for 850 miles of the trek, will share their experiences 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11, at First Lutheran Church, 615 W. Fifth St.
The 28th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair runs Feb. 3-5, 2017 in Hudson. The balloon rally and winter festival — with the theme "Gone with the Windz" — will feature 30-plus hot air balloons and a full slate of family-friendly activities. Check out the Hudson Star Observer's coverage as well as event schedules and highlights here .