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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A new self-help book for women to find balance and reduce stress in their lives features a love story from a small town in southeastern Minnesota. The story of Andrea and Chad Hanson started in 1998 with a tragedy: Chad, a Minnesota Department of Transportation engineer who at that time was still a student at the University of Minnesota, fell asleep while driving and crashed, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
As backyard poultry-keepers prepare their flocks this spring season, Minnesota Department of Health is reminding families of a few safety tips to avoid spreading illness. Though raising small flocks of poultry such chickens and ducks can provide sources of eggs, meat and learning opportunities, the MDH warns of the risk of bacterial infections from handling birds, especially for children under five, the elderly, women who are pregnant and people with weakened immune systems.
Goodhue County Attorney's Office issued a criminal complaint April 19 in the shooting death of a Red Wing man. Charles Deonta Jones, 26, faces two counts of second-degree murder, one count of third-degree murder and one count of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Dangelo Masterjohn, the attorney's office announced Wednesday afternoon. A second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. The complaint alleges Jones shot Masterjohn in the chest at short range in the early morning hours of April 18.
The death of a man found on a sidewalk in Red Wing’s East End is being investigated as an apparent homicide, according to police.
Parts of southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin were hit with several inches of snow overnight and Friday morning, Feb. 24, but accumulation dropped off quickly to the north, sparing the Twin Cities metro area from an anticipated messy morning commute.
Following a stretch of unseasonably warm temperatures in February, snow is back in the forecast. A winter storm is expected to blanket the region Thursday night, Feb. 23, through Friday with a foot or more of snow in some areas, according to the National Weather Service Twin Cities office. The weather service cautions it could be the strongest winter storm of the season. Much of central Minnesota including the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs as well as western Wisconsin were included in an updated winter storm watch Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Hundreds of so-called "Plungers" descended on Woodbury's Carver Lake Beach Saturday, Feb. 11, for the annual Polar Plunge, a leap into the freezing water to support Special Olympics Minnesota. Woodbury Public Safety led the way with the first jump, followed by scores of fundraiser teams that combined collected $87,895 for the event, according to the Polar Plunge Woodbury website .