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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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.
A report of what appeared to be a holstered firearm put Dakota County Technical College on lockdown for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 10, 2018.
Temperatures could climb to as high as the mid-40s Wednesday, Jan. 10, but snow and freezing weather is back in the forecast. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Dakota, Goodhue, Pierce and St. Croix counties and a winter weather advisory for Washington County. The alerts warns of mixed wintry precipitation late Wednesday night turning to snow Thursday morning. Plummeting temperatures Wednesday also could lead to flash-freezing on roadways, according to the weather service. Useful links:
With snowfall totals adding up, people around the region are getting their snow blowers out of storage. Before the next big snow hits, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute recommends owners prepare their snow blowers ahead of time and review the manual. "Weather today is more unpredictable than ever, and you need to have your snow thrower serviced and ready to power up," OPEI President and CEO Kris Kiser said in a news release. "You want to have the right fuel on hand and review your owner's manual now so you can use your equipment safely."
A murder trial scheduled to begin Monday was pushed to February after a witness last week changed their testimony to now say they saw the April 2017 shooting that left a Red Wing man dead. The attorney for Charles Deonta Jones, 27, asked the court for a continuance Dec. 11 in the wake of the change in testimony. No other witnesses set to testify in the trial claimed to have seen the shooting occur.
Small items can make a big difference when it comes to getting out of homelessness. "Being homeless is expensive and exhaustive," said Terre Thomas, executive director of the Twin Cities-based nonprofit Small Sums. Steady income is an important piece to securing stable housing, Thomas said, but success at a new job can hinge on having access to something as basic as a good pair of shoes. Small Sums works one on one to supply homeless workers with job essentials as well as professional trade testing and licenses. The organization's programs include:
With a combination of big crowds, stress and long-distance travel, it can be a challenge staying healthy around the holiday season. We asked Gwen Verchota, lead nurse practitioner and care delivery manager at HealthPartners online clinic, www.virtuwell.com , to give some tips on how to avoid getting sick as well as what to do if you come down with an illness while out of town.
River Falls Rotarians Gorden Hedahl and Linda Yde said they remember what it was like to live under the spectre of polio and iron lung machines. "I remember people standing in line to get the shots in the late-50s," said Hedahl, who was 10 years old when the polio vaccine was developed. A couple of his classmates contracted the disease as children. If trends continue, Hedahl and Yde will see polio eradicated for good. Area Rotary clubs observed World Polio Day on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Part of the message this year is just how close the world is to wiping out the disease.