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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More than 300 volunteers filled around 20,000 sandbags this week on Prairie Island as the Prairie Island Indian Community prepares for potential flooding. Community members, businesses, sports organizations and members and employees of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe were among the volunteers who came out to help with flood preparations at Treasure Island Resort and Casino. Volunteers on day three of sandbagging Thursday, March 21, included Xcel Energy staff and more than 40 employees with the Minnesota Twins front office.
RED WING — As Minnesota winters go, this year was a bad one. For Jim Brown of Red Wing, it could have been worse. It could have been his last. Brown, 60, had a heart attack while blowing snow in a blizzard Sunday night, Feb. 24. Thanks to the quick actions of passersby and a neighbor who is a paramedic, Brown is alive today to tell the tale. At least what little of it he can recall. "I guess I kind of remember going out, and then after that it's just nothing," he said last week in the comfort of his East Avenue home. "I just don't remember."
Flood preparations were underway this week on Prairie Island where officials are closely monitoring rising river levels. Dozens of volunteers were filling and stacking sandbags Tuesday, March 19, with more sandbagging events planned for Wednesday and Thursday. Prairie Island Police Chief Jon Priem said work began last week on an 11-foot-tall sand berm behind the Treasure Island Amphitheater.
RED WING, Minn.—Expecting parents Holly and Ryan Nardinger attended a class on labor and delivery Thursday night, Jan. 3, in Red Wing. What they didn't expect was how soon the material would come in handy. By the next morning, the Lake City couple had to drive back to Red Wing to give birth to their daughter, eight weeks ahead of schedule. Clara Louise Nardinger — the first newborn of 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing — came so early that a specialist was paged at Mayo Clinic in Rochester to help. That's when nurses wheeled in a computer screen.
Lisa Drummond did what people are supposed to do when they feel sick, she went to see a doctor. Then she went back, again and again. She was given multiple explanations for her symptoms, offered solutions and found temporary relief. But something was still wrong. In December 2018, after two years and several doctor visits, Drummond got the answer she was looking for, just not the one anyone wants to hear: metastatic colorectal cancer. Drummond said doctors told her she likely got the disease a couple years ago, right around the time she started to have symptoms.
Extreme cold in the forecast for Wednesday Jan. 30, 2019, has prompted the U.S. Postal Service to suspend mail delivery in Minnesota and Wisconsin, according to a news release Tuesday.
It's no secret newly inaugurated Gov. Tim Walz likes to wear plaid. He was often photographed on the campaign trail in his signature red-and-black flannel. So when the head of the inaugural committee saw a box of caramels in buffalo plaid boxes at the Minnesota History Center, it seemed like a perfect fit for a swearing-in luncheon Monday, Jan. 7, in St. Paul.
There were 36 fire deaths in Minnesota through 2018, a 47 percent drop compared to 2017, according to preliminary numbers released Jan. 10, 2019, from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division.
Coming down to find presents under the Christmas tree is great; coming down with an illness is not. With many clinics closed for the holidays and folks traveling out of town, it can be a particularly inopportune time to get sick. Instead of a trip to urgent care, some of the afflicted will instead turn to a virtual medical visit. Jenny Kemp of Hopkins, Minn., was in Missouri for a family Thanksgiving gathering when her skin started to itch. When the sensation persisted the next morning, she said it was time to get it checked out.
A record number of Americans are expected to hit the road, take to the sky or catch a train this holiday season, according to AAA and analytics company INRIX. More than a third of the country — around 112.5 million people — will travel by automobile, airplane or train for end-of-the-year gatherings between Dec. 22 and Jan. 1, according to a travel forecast released Dec. 13. AAA says the expected number of travelers is a 4.4 percent increase over last year and the most ever since the motor club association has been tracking holiday travel.