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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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.
The number of health care options east of the Twin Cities is expanding in September with two new orthopedic clinics in Woodbury. Twin Cities Orthopedics opened the doors Sept. 5 to its 50,300-square-foot facility off Radio Drive and Bailey Road. The building replaces a previous location in the Woodwinds Health Campus. Meanwhile the multi-story TRIA Orthopaedic Center is scheduled to open to patients Sept. 18 at the CityPlace development on the north end of the city. Twin Cities Orthopedics
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.
Would-be swimmers are advised to avoid Carver Lake Beach due to the presence of potentially dangerous blue-green algae. The Ramsey-Washington Watershed District confirmed the presence of blue-green algae in Carver Lake Friday, Aug. 25, according to the city of Woodbury website . The type of blue-green algae present is known to produce toxins that can be harmful to pets and humans.
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.
The state's largest provider of autism-related services will have a footprint in the East Metro starting next summer with a new children's mental health clinic in Woodbury. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for noon Thursday, July 27, at the future site of the 27,000-square-foot clinic at 721 Commerce Drive, off Tamarack Road behind Super Target in the northeast part of town. The clinic has a planned opening date of June 2018.
As folks look to cram in their summer activities this month, the American Red Cross is calling on eligible donors to find time to give blood and platelets. Blood donations have not met expectations for the past two months, with about 61,000 fewer donations than needed, according to the Red Cross. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross collecting no blood for more than four days.
RED WING, Minn. — A child safety group is warning parents about the potential choking hazard of fidget spinners as kids look to keep busy this summer. The trendy spinning toy can fall apart and the small pieces could become lodged in a child's throat, according to World Against Toys Causing Harm. The group ranked fidget spinners no. 1 on its Top 10 Summer Safety Traps for 2017 report released June 21. "Do not be lulled into a false sense of security that a toy is safe simply because it is popular," said Joan Siff, president of WATCH, in a news release.