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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An uncooperative Mississippi River proved challenging in 2018 for work to replace the Red Wing river bridge, but the project is getting back on track thanks to redoubled efforts by contractors, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. "Lately it's been real good," MnDOT project supervisor Eric Breitsprecher said of the river level and winter weather. High water temporarily halted drilling for the new bridge at times over the spring and summer. But work on the piers has since resumed and is continuing into the winter.
A record number of Americans are expected to hit the road, take to the sky or catch a train this holiday season, according to AAA and analytics company INRIX. More than a third of the country — around 112.5 million people — will travel by automobile, airplane or train for end-of-the-year gatherings between Dec. 22 and Jan. 1, according to a travel forecast released Dec. 13. AAA says the expected number of travelers is a 4.4 percent increase over last year and the most ever since the motor club association has been tracking holiday travel.
With all the decorating, shopping, cooking and get-togethers, the holiday season can leave a person breathless. Though these activities are all in good fun, the added commitments can also bring on additional stress this time of year.
A 21-year-old Red Wing man faces multiple felony manslaughter and child endangerment charges stemming from the death of a child following a Nov. 28 incident on East Third Street. Adam Michael Peter Travis was being held Tuesday in Goodhue County jail on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter, malicious punishment of a child and neglect or endangerment of a child resulting in substantial bodily harm. According to the criminal complaint filed Dec. 3 in Goodhue County:
A teenager who pleaded guilty to sending threatening social media messages in March that led to extra security at Red Wing schools was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation and 120 hours of community service. Keyah Mykah Mizer, 18, was sentenced Oct. 10, 2018, on one count of felony threats of violence. She was given a stay of imposition, meaning the conviction will be deemed a misdemeanour upon successful completion of probation. Terms of the probation include no contact with victims and no abusive or threatening behavior.
WELCH — Xcel Energy aims to grow the share of carbon-free energy in its overall generating mix in the next decade, and Prairie Island nuclear plant will continue to play a key role for years to come.
The powerful storm system that blew through southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin last month also spawned several tornadoes around the area, including two near Cannon Falls, according to the National Weather Service. The Sept. 20, 2018, storms spawned 16 tornadoes between 5:52 and 7:26 p.m., according to a storm overview updated Sept. 28.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert to pet owners and veterinarians Sept. 20, 2018, warning of the potential for neurologic adverse events in dogs and cats when treated with flea and tick medicine with isoxazoline.
To help support the need for blood around the Labor Day holiday, Memorial Blood Centers is offering all presenting donors from Sept.1-8 the opportunity to win "Hamilton" tickets. Visit MBC.org/theater for details. The need for blood is constant, and summer can be a challenging time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospitals. While walk-in donors are always welcome, MBC encourages appointments be made in advance. To find nearby blood drives or register to donate, visit MBC.org.
RED WING — Federal lawmakers voiced optimism Thursday, Aug. 23, about progress toward relocating the country's radioactive waste to a permanent repository, though the community living closest to spent nuclear fuel in Minnesota has its doubts.