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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When Avi Kae Johnson was born seven weeks prematurely, parents Missy and Nate Johnson were worried about their daughter's future. "It was really frightening and surreal," Missy Johnson said. "At the time I wasn't sure what would happen." Avi Kae, who will start kindergarten in the fall, is now a happy and thriving kid.
Former Red Wing resident AmandaJean Beaulieu got involved with the American Heart Association after her father developed a heart condition while she was in college. But she never thought she would be a patient of one of the very diseases she learned so much about. While driving to work in October 2009, Beaulieu -- just five days from her 27th birthday -- started to feel a pain in her chest. "Being part of the Heart Association, I knew something was wrong," Beaulieu said. When it grew hard to breathe and her left arm became numb, she decided to turn her car around and take herself to th
The Red Wing office of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, SARA, is asking local men if they have what it takes to walk a mile in women's shoes. The fifth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to raise awareness for sexual assault and gender violence will be April 20 at Central Park in downtown Red Wing. "The event keeps growing each year," said Katherine Cross, program coordinator for SARA.
The Goodhue County Board voted unanimously to commit 20 percent of the cost to build an overpass at Highway 52 and County Road 9 at a meeting Tuesday morning. The board previously discussed committing 15 percent, or around $1.5 million, but Minnesota Department of Transportation officials revealed the cost of participation with the project would be 20 percent, Public Works Director Greg Isakson said. Preliminary design work on the interchange also has increased the estimated cost of the project from $8 million to $11 million, Isakson said.
It's hard to think about caring for a lawn when it's buried under nearly an inch and a half of fresh April snow, and that's putting a damper on business at area lawn and garden stores. "It has been a big delay for us," said Jennifer Ziemer, landscape designer for River Valley Landscape. "It doesn't make sense to go measure lawns when they're covered in snow." Over at Red Wing Ace Hardware, customers are just starting to trickle in, said owner Troy Daniels.
The first tow barge of the year broke through icy Lake Pepin early Monday morning, marking one of the latest starts to the Mississippi River up-bound navigation season in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers history. The Roberta Tabor, operated by American River Transportation Co. out of St. Louis, crunched its way through 12 to 16 inches of ice on the lake en route to St. Paul, said Patrick Moes, spokesperson for the Corps of Engineers. Unseasonably cold weather this spring has kept Lake Pepin too frozen for barge traffic until recently, Moes said.
Red Wing City Council voted 5-2 Monday to extend a contract with Turf Solutions and Management to maintain the greens at Mississippi National Golf Links through Nov. 30. The city will pay Turf Solutions $14,000 a month to maintain the course, for a total of $98,000 this year, according to the approved contract. Funding will come from the city's 2013 operating budget. Council member Jason Sebion opened discussion by opposing the contract.
When Roy Hakala expanded his Red Wing dental practice to St. Paul, it meant the start of a nearly 100-mile daily commute. "Driving every day became onerous," Hakala said. To help make the trip more manageable, Hakala turned to a local vanpool program, which he stayed in until extended business hours made him drop out. Then he injured his leg, and, unable to drive, joined back up for about a year. Six years ago an eye injury brought him back once again - this time for good. Started in 1989, a vanpool group known as the Rolling River Riders has ferried members between Red Wing and St.
Goodhue County Board approved a grant application to help fund an overpass at Highway 52 and County Road 9 at a meeting Tuesday night. The board voted unanimously to authorize Public Works to apply for funds from the state's Corridor Investment Management Strategy or CIM program. The county will spend about $5,000 to hire consulting group HR Green to prepare the application. The county worked with HRG previously on a study that recommended an interchange at the intersection. "This (project) is something that people are asking for and needing," Commissioner Jim Bryant said.
A male driver was taken by ambulance to Red Wing Mayo Clinic Health System and two others were injured after a two-vehicle crash at Highways 61 and 19 a little after 2 p.m. Friday, Red Wing police reported. Thomas M. Swisher, 23, of Prescott was driving a white 2001 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Highway 19 when it collided with a silver 2009 Pontiac G3 hatchback traveling westbound on Highway 61. The impact caused the Impala to flip onto its roof, officials said. Swisher sustained a minor injury, according to a State Patrol report. Nicholas C.