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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It's no secret newly inaugurated Gov. Tim Walz likes to wear plaid. He was often photographed on the campaign trail in his signature red-and-black flannel. So when the head of the inaugural committee saw a box of caramels in buffalo plaid boxes at the Minnesota History Center, it seemed like a perfect fit for a swearing-in luncheon Monday, Jan. 7, in St. Paul.
There were 36 fire deaths in Minnesota through 2018, a 47 percent drop compared to 2017, according to preliminary numbers released Jan. 10, 2019, from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division.
Prairie Island Indian Community purchased a portion of vacant land near Pine Island as part of ongoing efforts to expand away from Prairie Island nuclear plant. The sale was finalized late last month from Tower Investments LLC. The California-based real estate and development company owns around 1,900 acres along Highway 52 formerly called Elk Run. The commercial and residential development has since been renamed Tower Pine Island.
An uncooperative Mississippi River proved challenging in 2018 for work to replace the Red Wing river bridge, but the project is getting back on track thanks to redoubled efforts by contractors, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. "Lately it's been real good," MnDOT project supervisor Eric Breitsprecher said of the river level and winter weather. High water temporarily halted drilling for the new bridge at times over the spring and summer. But work on the piers has since resumed and is continuing into the winter.
Coming down to find presents under the Christmas tree is great; coming down with an illness is not. With many clinics closed for the holidays and folks traveling out of town, it can be a particularly inopportune time to get sick. Instead of a trip to urgent care, some of the afflicted will instead turn to a virtual medical visit. Jenny Kemp of Hopkins, Minn., was in Missouri for a family Thanksgiving gathering when her skin started to itch. When the sensation persisted the next morning, she said it was time to get it checked out.
A record number of Americans are expected to hit the road, take to the sky or catch a train this holiday season, according to AAA and analytics company INRIX. More than a third of the country — around 112.5 million people — will travel by automobile, airplane or train for end-of-the-year gatherings between Dec. 22 and Jan. 1, according to a travel forecast released Dec. 13. AAA says the expected number of travelers is a 4.4 percent increase over last year and the most ever since the motor club association has been tracking holiday travel.
With all the decorating, shopping, cooking and get-togethers, the holiday season can leave a person breathless. Though these activities are all in good fun, the added commitments can also bring on additional stress this time of year.
A 21-year-old Red Wing man faces multiple felony manslaughter and child endangerment charges stemming from the death of a child following a Nov. 28 incident on East Third Street. Adam Michael Peter Travis was being held Tuesday in Goodhue County jail on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter, malicious punishment of a child and neglect or endangerment of a child resulting in substantial bodily harm. According to the criminal complaint filed Dec. 3 in Goodhue County:
To help curb drunken driving this holiday season, more than 300 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota will take part in an extra DWI enforcement campaign Nov. 21 and continuing weekends through Dec. 29.
Christ Episcopal Church in Red Wing and Church of the Messiah in Prairie Island are looking to start a community conversation on the meaning of justice with a documentary film screening and panel discussion Thursday night. The churches will sponsor a screening of the PBS documentary "Tribal Justice" 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Sheldon Theatre. Following the 90-minute film there will be a discussion featuring Tribal Court Judge B.J. Jones, District Court Judge Douglas Bayley and Jessie Bazan, a leading voice on social justice issues in the faith community.