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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A St. Louis, Mo., man faces a homicide charge in the fatal attack of a co-worker with a circular saw at a River Falls-area job site. Miguel Angel Franco Navarro, 24, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and one count of mayhem in the Aug. 6, 2018, attack that left 37-year-old Israel Valles-Flores dead, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Pierce County. According to the complaint:
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.
Multiple reports state 911 network service has resumed following an outage around Minnesota Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Washington and Dakota counties were included in the outage. The 911 service provider for the state of Minnesota is investigating what caused the outage, according to a Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweet.
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.
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.
In an effort to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables, doctors at HealthPartners clinics in the Twin Cities and St. Croix Valley areas are busting out their prescribing pads. Through July 31 children getting a wellness exam can receive a "prescription" good for $10 of fresh produce at Cub Foods and other local grocers. The aim is to get kids excited about fruits and vegetables.
An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for Friday, June 29, 2018, across parts of southeastern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin.
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.
Dakota County Library, in partnership with the Dakota County Library Foundation, announced the results of its annual poetry contest. More than 190 entries were submitted — a 22 percent increase from the previous year. Winning poems will be published on the Dakota County Library website. Youth: Ages 6–8
Gretchen Carlson, chair of the Miss America Organization, announced Tuesday, “We are no longer a pageant. We are a competition.” As such, they have eliminated the swimsuit category of the Miss America Competition effective this September. Plans to transform the evening gown category are in the works, too.