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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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.
Hastings native John Smyrski III has gone far since graduating high school in 1981. He joined the Army, graduated college, attended medical school and most recently commanded the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas — one of the Army's busiest hospitals — for two years. The colonel relinquished command of the medical center at a ceremony in July. Throughout his travels, Smyrski said he has carried the values he learned from his hometown.
It started with swollen lymph nodes and a strep throat diagnosis in late-2015, but what came next for Cottage Grove teenager Caden Maddigan was devastating. When their son started losing weight and developed a dry cough, Craig and Kyra Maddigan brought him back to the doctor in search of answers. The conclusion: stage IV Hodgkin lymphoma.
Ashley Addison knows too well the devastation caused by Alzheimer's disease. The Hastings High School class of 2012 graduate lost her great-grandmother, Phyllis McConnell, to Alzheimer's in 2013, and her grandmother, Dianne McConnell, has been battling the degenerative brain disease for three years.
As the nation watched the tragedy in Texas and Louisiana unfold this week in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Lacy Hayes of Red Wing was getting regular updates and photographs from her sister living the flood-ravaged Houston area. Minnesota native Vanity Walden, who lives in North Houston with her husband and two children, wrote in an email Wednesday night, Aug. 30, that it was raining each day until around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Though her home was spared, she said surrounding neighborhoods were impacted by the historic flooding.
Journey to Freedom, an eight-week group program designed to spur spiritual, mental and emotional growth, is coming to Hudson YMCA starting Sept. 14. We asked Elin Aldrich, senior program coordinator for Journey to Freedom at the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, to explain what the program is all about.
It can be an overwhelming time for parents as they prepare their children to go back to school. There are supplies to gather, new clothes to buy, haircuts to schedule — the list goes on. But what about a child's health? It is beneficial to identify health concerns and put together a plan before classes start, said Dr. Lawrence Richmond, who practices family medicine at Park Nicollet Clinic in Plymouth, Minn., part of the HealthPartners organization.
A photo of a white and maroon Minnesota State Patrol cruiser, with help from a high-profile background, earned enough online votes earlier this month to appear in a calendar featuring the best looking cruisers in the country.
Whether it's maroon and white in Minnesota or blue and white in Wisconsin, State Patrol cruisers are an unmistakable sight on area highways. But how do the local State Patrol styles compare to the rest of the country? Minnesota and Wisconsin State Patrols are competing in American Association of State Troopers' 2017 Best Looking Cruiser Contest. The 12 cruiser photos with the most Facebook "likes" will be featured in AAST's 2018 wall calendar.