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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The Red Wing Community Awareness and Emergency Response Organization — or CAER — conducted its yearly river response training Aug. 8, 2018, on the Mississippi River. The training exercise included the deployment of containment booms, floating barriers that can be used to control oil spills.
Health investigators have identified three cases of the diarrhoeal disease cryptosporidiosis associated with people who visited the Shades of Sherwood Campground in Zumbrota, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. Anyone who visited Shades of Sherwood in July is asked to call MDH at 651-201-5794. One person has been hospitalized as a result of the outbreak, according to a news releae. One of the people also was infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.
A stalled motorboat, out of gas and drifting down the Mississippi River, was struck by a barge Saturday, July 28, sending two people into the water near Red Wing Marina. The 15-foot motorboat stalled around 1:12 p.m. and drifted down the river in a current when it collided with the tow boat Bill Stegbauer with six barges heading up river, according to a Goodhue County Sheriff's office news release. Two of three passengers in the motorboat entered the water.
The Republican Eagle asked Red Wing City Council Ward 3 special election candidates about a range of topics, including conflict resolution, public safety and painting on Barn Bluff. Find their repsonses at the links below: Norton: Build consensus, spend smart
A Red Wing company flew into action this week to help bring home an injured Lake City boy and his family. WCCO on Tuesday reported the story of the Lopez family and 3-year-old Axel, who fell down July 11 and broke his femur while on vacation in Costa Rica. The boy's cast prevents him from flying back on a commercial plane, and an air ambulance would cost the family tens of thousands of dollars. When Red Wing Aeroplane owner Wes Converse and his wife Lillian saw the story, he said he figured his jet charter company could be just what the family needs.
A Red Wing woman entered a guilty plea Wednesday, July 18, on a felony charge of making threats of violence. Sentencing in the case was scheduled for Sept. 12 in Goodhue County District Court.
Two of the biggest names in the Red Wing boating business are now under the same ownership. River Valley Power and Sport owner John Wooden announced July 10 he has acquired Bill's Bay Marina. The deal will initially mean business as usual for Bill's Bay, though opportunities to update assets at the marina are being explored, according to a news release. The purchase also will allow for a floating showroom and on-water demonstrations.
An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for Friday, June 29, 2018, across parts of southeastern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin.
Red Wing Mayor Sean Dowse will be at Red Wing Public Library Tuesday, June 19 to hear from residents ahead of the formation of the 2019 city budget. Dowse will be available 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to speak about budget priorities and to answer questions.
Area counties rank in the top five of their respective states based on a variety of health metrics. St. Croix County ranked fifth in Wisconsin while Washington County ranked fourth in Minnesota, according to the America’s Healthiest Places study by financial technology company SmartAsset.