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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When Roy Hakala expanded his Red Wing dental practice to St. Paul, it meant the start of a nearly 100-mile daily commute. "Driving every day became onerous," Hakala said. To help make the trip more manageable, Hakala turned to a local vanpool program, which he stayed in until extended business hours made him drop out. Then he injured his leg, and, unable to drive, joined back up for about a year. Six years ago an eye injury brought him back once again - this time for good. Started in 1989, a vanpool group known as the Rolling River Riders has ferried members between Red Wing and St.
Goodhue County Board approved a grant application to help fund an overpass at Highway 52 and County Road 9 at a meeting Tuesday night. The board voted unanimously to authorize Public Works to apply for funds from the state's Corridor Investment Management Strategy or CIM program. The county will spend about $5,000 to hire consulting group HR Green to prepare the application. The county worked with HRG previously on a study that recommended an interchange at the intersection. "This (project) is something that people are asking for and needing," Commissioner Jim Bryant said.
A male driver was taken by ambulance to Red Wing Mayo Clinic Health System and two others were injured after a two-vehicle crash at Highways 61 and 19 a little after 2 p.m. Friday, Red Wing police reported. Thomas M. Swisher, 23, of Prescott was driving a white 2001 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Highway 19 when it collided with a silver 2009 Pontiac G3 hatchback traveling westbound on Highway 61. The impact caused the Impala to flip onto its roof, officials said. Swisher sustained a minor injury, according to a State Patrol report. Nicholas C.
Review Don't let the stuffy accents and period garb fool you. Phoenix Theatre's performance of "The Importance of Being Earnest" playing this weekend at the Sheldon Theatre is an enjoyable farce that zips along to a hilarious and utterly satisfying conclusion. Adapted from Oscar Wilde's 1895 play, "Earnest" follows bachelors Algernon Moncrieff and John Worthing, played by Chris Heineman and David Oakes respectively. Algernon -- Algy for short -- is a bit of a sleaze, lounging around his London flat in a silk robe sipping liqueur.
Sara Larson and Nancy Swanson have had plenty of experience dealing with the effects of Alzheimer's disease and dementia - not only in their professional lives, but in their personal lives as well. Larson, a senior resource specialist for St. Brigid's at Hi-Park, and Swanson, executive director of the Red Wing Senior Center, both have parents afflicted by degenerative brain disorders. Caring for a family member with dementia can be a daunting and emotionally taxing responsibility.
Fire destroyed a house in Wanamingo Saturday, the Wanamingo Fire Department reported. Firefighters were called to 216 Third Ave. after neighbors saw smoke coming from the house, Fire Chief Scott Goodman said. The residents were not home at the time, he said. The house was a total loss, Goodman said. The owner is Deb Delva, according to the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office. The exact cause of the blaze is being investigated by the fire marshal. Zumbrota Fire Department provided assistance in combating the fire.
Bitter cold and two snowstorms characterized a March that felt anything but springlike. The monthly high of 50 degrees was recorded March 30 after a brief warming trend, but only seven of the first 21 days had highs above freezing. The mid-month cold spell was a dramatic shift from last year, which saw the area reach a near record-breaking high of 80 degrees on March 17. On March 20, the first day of spring, the Red Wing area managed a meager high of 21 degrees and a low of five. Winter storms also swept through the area March 5 and 18.
A local group's plan for a civic center in downtown Red Wing met with tough questions and skepticism at a public workshop Monday night. Red Wing Civic Center, an eight-person committee formed to research a civic center project, presented its plan to around two dozen residents - including City Council members - in the Foot Room at the public library. "Downtown retail is suffering. We have lost the patrons and the patron diversity," said Paul Richards, the main speaker for Red Wing Civic Center's presentation.
With spring showers approaching, a coalition has formed to look into repairing an erosion problem that for years has dumped piles of sand onto the Cannon Valley Trail. The city of Red Wing, Goodhue County and the Cannon Valley Trail Joint Powers Board plan to split a $7,500 fee to hire Stantec Consulting Services to outline repair options for the trail. The trail board pledged its $2,500 share in February and was joined by the city after Red Wing City Council voted to contribute to the plan on March 25.
WELCH -- A fire destroyed an upper-level living space and caused major smoke damage to a house in Welch Township Thursday morning, the Red Wing Fire Department reported. There were no injuries. Homeowner Gary Miller was alerted to the fire by smoke alarms and called 911 around 9:40 a.m., officials said. Firefighters and paramedics were on the scene at 6170 Bunch Road within 10 minutes. It appears the fire started near a wood-burning fireplace on the north side of the house, Red Wing Fire Chief Tom Schneider said.