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 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.
WOODBURY — A mix of adults, teens and children descended on Royal Oaks Elementary School with one thing in common: a shared interest in unicycling. Twin Cities Unicycle Club held an open practice in the school gymnasium May 23 to highlight an activity club members said provides good exercise and even better company. "The big things I like about unicycling is it's a great way to stay in shape, and it's also an excellent group for camaraderie," said Art Kotz of Woodbury, the club's vice president.
Medical professionals are routinely called upon to make choices with serious consequences for their patients. In his first book, a Woodbury, Minn., doctor uses his background in medicine to help readers make better decisions in all walks of life.
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.