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 Pierce County man accused of mistreating dogs at a home-based business was in court Tuesday, Sept. 26, for the final hearing before a jury trial begins next month. His first appearance on a new charge of misdemeanour bail jumping was postponed at the hearing pending appointment of a public defender. Jury selection in the animal neglect case is set for Friday, Oct. 20, with the weeklong trial getting underway the following Monday. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles said Tuesday he anticipates 90 to 100 potential jurors will be called.
Last weekend was the busiest yet for showings of the independent film "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" — a remarkable feat considering it opened in theaters months ago. The movie started a limited run Friday, Sept. 15, at Red Wing Cinema 8, part of a continuing rollout to screens across the country. Director and co-writer Steven Lewis Simpson said a key reason for the movie's success is its heart, something that can't be purchased no matter what size the budget. "It's funny in parts, but it's also very deeply moving and powerful," he said.
As the nation watched the tragedy in Texas and Louisiana unfold this week in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Lacy Hayes of Red Wing was getting regular updates and photographs from her sister living the flood-ravaged Houston area. Minnesota native Vanity Walden, who lives in North Houston with her husband and two children, wrote in an email Wednesday night, Aug. 30, that it was raining each day until around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Though her home was spared, she said surrounding neighborhoods were impacted by the historic flooding.
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.
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.
Nursing students looking to turn an associate degree into a bachelor's degree will soon have a local classroom option through a new partnership between Minnesota State College Southeast and Winona State University. WSU will bring its Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program to MSC Southeast's Red Wing campus beginning with select online-only courses this fall. Additional courses are expected to start in Red Wing in January 2018.
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.
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.