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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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.
Overnight storms made for a muddy morning Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Goodhue County Fair, but attendees were undeterred. The day's events included the swine and goat shows, as well as a Goodhue County Board of Commissioners meeting. The fair runs through Sunday in Zumbrota. For more information, visit http://www.goodhuecountyfair.com/ .
As Jessica Peterson raced home to River Falls in July 2012, fearful her ex-husband had just killed their three young daughters, her first interaction with emergency personnel was a call to a 911 operator. “She stayed on the phone with me as I drove from my job to the police station at that point,” Peterson said. “And it went from there to police officers that had to handle me.”
A Minnesota-based rail developer has been granted a permit extension to continue studying a privately funded high-speed line from the Twin Cities to Rochester. Minnesota Department of Transportation extended the...