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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Evan Weckerling was born Jan. 27 in the passenger seat of a minivan on the side of Highway 58 north of Zumbrota. The time of birth was a little after 9 a.m., though parents Katelyn and Derek Weckerling said they were too preoccupied to note the exact minute. The prospect of a roadside delivery was scary enough, but the situation was all the more dire because of a congenital heart condition that made it imperative for the baby boy to get to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, stat.
The message of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March was simple: cancer screening saves lives. When the time comes to get checked, patients have a few options to choose from. "The most well-known is colonoscopy," said Dr. Matt Deppe, a board certified general surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. The test has the greatest sensitivity and also produces the fewest false positives.
Goodhue County is in the top half of Minnesota's 87 counties when it comes to the health of its residents, though it lags behind in some areas compared to its neighbors, according to the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report released March 29. The annual report ranks Goodhue County 23rd in the state for health outcomes, a measure of how healthy residents are right now, and 35th in health factors, which looks at opportunities for residents to be healthy in the future.
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.