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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For nearly three decades HOPE Coalition has supported victims of abuse and sexual assault. This spring the nonprofit is asking for the community's help to continue to provide crucial services. HOPE Coalition is funded about 90% by contracts and grants, but restrictions on how those monies can be spent leave gaps, including for staff salaries and programs focused on prevention, board member Kris Kvols said. To make up the difference, the organization started its 2019 fundraising efforts with a six-week kickoff campaign running through May.
As communities of all sizes grapple with the opioid crisis and drug abuse, University of Minnesota researchers are looking for innovative ways to treat addiction. One of those researchers is Dr. Mark Thomas, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the U of M Medical School. He will discuss recent findings at a presentation 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Red Wing Public Library. The event qualifies for continuing education credits through Red Wing Community Education and Recreation.
Residents will have a chance to give input and offer their candidacy Monday night, May 13, on filling the Goodhue County Board seat left vacant by the death of District 1 Commissioner Ron Allen. A public hearing will be 6 p.m. in the Government Center boardroom. Following the hearing commissioners will have the option of appointing someone to the board until a special election can be held.
Whether they knew him from his time as a school psychologist, serving on County Board or supporting his fellow military veterans, colleagues of Ron Allen described the Red Wing resident as a good listener. On Friday it was their turn to speak on his behalf. Allen died April 19, 2019, from leukemia. The husband, father of three and grandfather was 63. Dan Rechtzigel said he met Allen on the campaign trail in 2004 when both men were running for Goodhue County Board. They would go on to serve together for more than a decade.
A flag raised Monday, April 15, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing serves as a visual reminder of the impact one person can make when they register to be an organ donor. A single donor can help up to 75 people, according to Life Source , a nonprofit organ donation organization serving Minnesota, portions of western Wisconsin and the Dakotas.
More than 300 volunteers filled around 20,000 sandbags this week on Prairie Island as the Prairie Island Indian Community prepares for potential flooding. Community members, businesses, sports organizations and members and employees of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe were among the volunteers who came out to help with flood preparations at Treasure Island Resort and Casino. Volunteers on day three of sandbagging Thursday, March 21, included Xcel Energy staff and more than 40 employees with the Minnesota Twins front office.
RED WING — As Minnesota winters go, this year was a bad one. For Jim Brown of Red Wing, it could have been worse. It could have been his last. Brown, 60, had a heart attack while blowing snow in a blizzard Sunday night, Feb. 24. Thanks to the quick actions of passersby and a neighbor who is a paramedic, Brown is alive today to tell the tale. At least what little of it he can recall. "I guess I kind of remember going out, and then after that it's just nothing," he said last week in the comfort of his East Avenue home. "I just don't remember."
Pierce County authorities recovered a body Tuesday, March 19, 2019, on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River backwaters near Hager City. The body of a woman approximately 40 to 50 years old was removed from the water after a fisherman reported finding it around noon near Everts Resort, Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove said. The body was transported to Ramsey County in Minnesota for an autopsy and to attempt to identify the woman. This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.
Flood preparations were underway this week on Prairie Island where officials are closely monitoring rising river levels. Dozens of volunteers were filling and stacking sandbags Tuesday, March 19, with more sandbagging events planned for Wednesday and Thursday. Prairie Island Police Chief Jon Priem said work began last week on an 11-foot-tall sand berm behind the Treasure Island Amphitheater.
RED WING, Minn.—Expecting parents Holly and Ryan Nardinger attended a class on labor and delivery Thursday night, Jan. 3, in Red Wing. What they didn't expect was how soon the material would come in handy. By the next morning, the Lake City couple had to drive back to Red Wing to give birth to their daughter, eight weeks ahead of schedule. Clara Louise Nardinger — the first newborn of 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing — came so early that a specialist was paged at Mayo Clinic in Rochester to help. That's when nurses wheeled in a computer screen.