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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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.
ELLSWORTH — Jurors began deliberating Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 25, in the case of a rural Elmwood man charged with 125 misdemeanor counts related to treatment of Labradors at his Alma Bottom Pointing Labs facility.
Humans have long relied on horses for transportation, plowing fields and other physical tasks. At a company in western Wisconsin, horses are also helping people better themselves. Stable Relations in Roberts offers equine-assisted growth and learning services to individuals and groups, including continuing education classes for social workers and team-building activities for businesses. We asked Bridget McConnell, the program coordinator at Stable Relations, to explain more about the business and how horses can help people grow:
Someone at work or school may already sick. Maybe it's you. Influenza season is here, and health experts are once again urging folks to get their annual flu shot. The flu season got an early start in Wisconsin, with more than a dozen cases reported in the Badger State from Sept. 1-22, according to the Department of Health Services. "We've already had reports of flu cases and hospitalizations due to the flu, so we want to encourage people to get their flu shots as soon as possible," State Health Officer Karen McKeown said in a news release.
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.