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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With a combination of big crowds, stress and long-distance travel, it can be a challenge staying healthy around the holiday season. We asked Gwen Verchota, lead nurse practitioner and care delivery manager at HealthPartners online clinic, www.virtuwell.com , to give some tips on how to avoid getting sick as well as what to do if you come down with an illness while out of town.
The 200-plus volunteers with Red Wing's CARE Clinic aren't in it for the accolades, but it's always nice to be recognized for a job well done. Volunteers at the free community clinic received a peer-nominated certificate of recognition at the Minnesota Department of Health's 2017 Community Health Awards. Certificates are awarded to individuals and groups who make significant contributions to public health.
Before starting a successful career in computers and engineering, before donating millions of dollars to his undergraduate alma mater, Dwight Diercks was a student at Central High School in Red Wing. Diercks said he was fortunate to have been taught calculus and computer programming by Ron Gray, someone he called "the best math teacher in all of Red Wing." "Along with many great teachers in math and science," he added.
River Falls Rotarians Gorden Hedahl and Linda Yde said they remember what it was like to live under the spectre of polio and iron lung machines. "I remember people standing in line to get the shots in the late-50s," said Hedahl, who was 10 years old when the polio vaccine was developed. A couple of his classmates contracted the disease as children. If trends continue, Hedahl and Yde will see polio eradicated for good. Area Rotary clubs observed World Polio Day on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Part of the message this year is just how close the world is to wiping out the disease.
ELLSWORTH — A Pierce County jury has fond Stuart Earl West guilty on 62 misdemeanor charges related to treatment of dogs in April 2016. The rural Elmwood man was found not guilty on 63 charges. The verdict came in around 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. The panel of 12 jurors deliberated for more than six hours.
ELLSWORTH — Jurors began deliberating Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 25, in the case of a rural Elmwood man charged with 125 misdemeanor counts related to treatment of Labradors at his Alma Bottom Pointing Labs facility.
More than a hundred Red Wing High School students participated in a skilled labor forum Friday, Oct. 13, designed to highlight career options in the trades. Red Wing Shoe Co. brought several members of "The Crew" — trades workers from around the country who volunteer as company ambassadors and provide product feedback. The group included a carpenter, electrician, ironworker and diesel mechanic.
Someone at work or school may already sick. Maybe it's you. Influenza season is here, and health experts are once again urging folks to get their annual flu shot. The flu season got an early start in Wisconsin, with more than a dozen cases reported in the Badger State from Sept. 1-22, according to the Department of Health Services. "We've already had reports of flu cases and hospitalizations due to the flu, so we want to encourage people to get their flu shots as soon as possible," State Health Officer Karen McKeown said in a news release.
WOODBURY — Claire Emery was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. In the months that followed, she endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. With her treatment now completed, the Woodbury resident has turned to helping other women facing a similar ordeal.
A Pierce County man accused of mistreating dogs at a home-based business was in court Tuesday, Sept. 26, for the final hearing before a jury trial begins next month. His first appearance on a new charge of misdemeanour bail jumping was postponed at the hearing pending appointment of a public defender. Jury selection in the animal neglect case is set for Friday, Oct. 20, with the weeklong trial getting underway the following Monday. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles said Tuesday he anticipates 90 to 100 potential jurors will be called.