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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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.
Navigating grief is anything but a straight path. So when a Hudson woman set out to make a book on the subject, she said she decided to color outside the lines — so to speak. Kim Owen Mazur's self-published book, "Losing My Reflection," is part coloring book, part journal for people to record their grief experience. The book was awarded a bronze medal this spring in the Independent Publisher Book Awards contest in the gift/speciality/journal category. We asked Mazur about the inspiration for the book and what she hopes people will get out of it.
A 25-year-old Castle Rock Township woman has been released from custody after a search of her rental home near Farmington uncovered dozens of dead cats. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced May 11 that the woman would not be charged Friday, and that the matter remains under investigation. “We take claims of animal abuse very seriously. Further investigation is needed to determine the cause of these cats’ deaths and who is responsible," Backstrom said in a statement.
Healthy gums are an important aspect of oral health, but the benefits don't stop there. February has traditionally been designated Gum Disease Awareness Month, a time to recognize the role of gum health in a person's overall health. More than 47 percent of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Prevalence increases to more than 70 percent for adults aged 65 and up.
Senator-elect Karla Bigham of Cottage Grove was sworn in 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea administered the oath of office The DFLer defeated Republican Denny McNamara of Hastings in a District 54 special election Monday, Feb. 12. The legislative session began noon Tuesday.
U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis will be checked out at a Virginia hospital after a train carrying Republican lawmakers hit a garbage truck Wednesday morning, Jan. 31. A message from Lewis relayed by the Republican congressman's staff on Twitter Wednesday afternoon indicated he would be seen at a Virginia hospital "per standard concussion protocol." The message continued: "I'm fine compared to, tragically, the truck drivers, and thankful for the prompt action of our doctors and first responders. My thoughts are with the family of the individual who passed away."
As a three-time Ironman finisher and runner of multiple marathons, Dr. David Asp of Red Wing is no stranger perseverance. So when he was faced with a cancer diagnosis, the Mayo Clinic Health System psychologist and local sports coach approached it with his characteristic positive thinking. Asp details his athletic and cancer journeys in his first book, "Start Line and Beyond" published by 9 Foot Voice. We interviewed Asp about writing his first book and what people can learn from his experiences.