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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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.
Elise Nooney could tell she was carrying a little extra weight. The retiree from River Falls said her joints hurt and that her doctor recommended she lose 10 pounds. So when a fitness instructor at YMCA in Hudson told Nooney about a diabetes prevention program, she decided to sign up for it last fall. "It did what I hoped it would do; it got me back on track with eating well, and also to exercise regularly," she said of the program.
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.
RIVER FALLS -- The new Allina Health River Falls Clinic located at the corner of East Division Street and Highway 35 provides a hometown care setting with next-door access to a regional health system.
RED WING, Minn.—A difficult baby delivery turned into a race against time to save the life of a Minnesota mother. Lisa Jaeger, of Cannon Falls, Minn., experienced a massive hemorrhage while undergoing a cesarean section last month at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, and the crucial blood she needed was 45 miles away in St. Paul. That is when Minnesota State Patrol troopers Jesse Einhorn, Jacob Letourneau and Dau Yang sprang into action.
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.