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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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.
Larry Veeder earned a legacy as a central figure in the Red Wing arts scene, from his paintings that can be found around town to helping launch the yearly Red Wing Arts Fall Festival. Beyond his work as an artist, family and friends said they remember Veeder as a kind man with a strong work ethic and dry sense of humor. The former Red Wing resident died Feb. 12 in North Carolina at the age of 82. He is survived by Carolyn Veeder, his wife of more than 60 years, as well as daughters Kathy Boos and Julia Crozier, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Lisa Drummond did what people are supposed to do when they feel sick, she went to see a doctor. Then she went back, again and again. She was given multiple explanations for her symptoms, offered solutions and found temporary relief. But something was still wrong. In December 2018, after two years and several doctor visits, Drummond got the answer she was looking for, just not the one anyone wants to hear: metastatic colorectal cancer. Drummond said doctors told her she likely got the disease a couple years ago, right around the time she started to have symptoms.
When the Professional and Community Center closed down in 2018, Mayo Clinic Health System staff working out of the West Fourth Street hospital building needed a new home. They found it a few blocks away in the renovated and redubbed Seminary Professional Building. The former Memorial Seminary Home on College Avenue received numerous upgrades that Mayo Clinic Health System administrators said provide a modern space for employees and the community.
Extreme cold in the forecast for Wednesday Jan. 30, 2019, has prompted the U.S. Postal Service to suspend mail delivery in Minnesota and Wisconsin, according to a news release Tuesday.
Mayo Clinic Health System has entered into a purchase agreement with a real estate developer to sell the shuttered Professional and Community Center on West Fourth Street and use the property to address affordable housing needs, the organizations announced Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Twin Cities-based Global Mercantile will purchase the former St. John's Hospital building for an undisclosed sum. Found Pablo Murillo said in a statement Tuesday he is excited to work with the city of Red Wing and area businesses on housing and economic development.
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.