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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Navigating airports and going through security can be stressful. For those with dementia, air travel can be an ordeal. A Minnesota group wants to hear about experiences with airports and flying from people with dementia and their caretakers in order to explore improvements to the air travel process. "We're not looking for horror stories. We're looking for serious statements about what works and what doesn't work," said Sara Barsel, founder of the Roseville Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Action Team.
The Red Wing firefighters union unanimously approved a resolution of no confidence in Fire Chief Shannon Draper on May 6, the union announced Friday afternoon, July 12. The announcement came two days after Draper returned to the job following an unpaid suspension for offensive behavior. Red Wing Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 2078, stated in a news release that members agreed May 6 to withhold publicizing the no-confidence vote in the hopes Red Wing City Council would take action.
Red Wing Fire Chief Shannon Draper returned to the job July 10 after serving a two-week suspension without pay for offensive behavior, including an expletive-laden fire department staff meeting after learning about a personnel complaint, according to documents obtained through a data request.
Goodhue County Health and Human Services has joined Dakota, Washington and other Twin Cities-area county health departments in leading Minnesota toward statewide accreditation. The Goodhue County health department, which provides a host public health programs, economic assistance and social services, announced in June that it received national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board, or PHAB. That makes it the 10th health department in the state and among the more than 268 nationwide to earn the distinction.
Janelle Nordine said she is blessed to be alive. The Prescott woman survived a brain aneurysm and stroke 16 years ago. Today she said she is doing well and living her life to the fullest. Part of that is helping ensure others can live their lives, too. The 64-year-old is a prolific blood donor. For the past few years, she said she has given blood around every eight weeks — as frequently as the rules allow. "I had one of the phlebotomists tell me I'm his favorite patient ever," Nordine said with a chuckle. "So that made me feel good."
A University of Minnesota professor on Wednesday night provided a hopeful glimpse at potential new therapies for drug addiction. Dr. Mark Thomas with the Department of Neuroscience at the U of M Medical School spoke to an audience of a few dozen people in the Red Wing Public Library. He described laboratory research on rodents designed to better understand brain patterns associated with addiction. "Because if we discover what they are, we can think about ways to intervene and disrupt craving and relapse," Thomas said.
Being seen for pink eye at Mayo Clinic no longer guarantees being sent home with antibiotic eye drops. Based on research and in the interest of antibiotic stewardship, Mayo Clinic announced it has elected to discontinue its long-standing protocol of defaulting to antibiotic eye drops for eye redness and discharge. Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is most commonly caused by a virus, therefore limiting the effectiveness of antibiotics as treatment, said Dr. Sarah Scherger, a Mayo Clinic Health System pediatrician.
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.