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 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.
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.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Division staff stocked the outdoor fish pond and indoor fish tanks Aug. 22, 2018, at the State Fairgrounds. The exhibit features about three dozen species of fish, including paddlefish and — the largest at 50-plus inches — a lake sturgeon, according to the DNR. The sturgeon was the gift of an angler who harvested it legally from the St. Croix River several years ago.
A St. Louis, Mo., man faces a homicide charge in the fatal attack of a co-worker with a circular saw at a River Falls-area job site. Miguel Angel Franco Navarro, 24, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and one count of mayhem in the Aug. 6, 2018, attack that left 37-year-old Israel Valles-Flores dead, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Pierce County. According to the complaint:
An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for Friday, June 29, 2018, across parts of southeastern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin.
Area counties rank in the top five of their respective states based on a variety of health metrics. St. Croix County ranked fifth in Wisconsin while Washington County ranked fourth in Minnesota, according to the America’s Healthiest Places study by financial technology company SmartAsset.
Navigating grief is anything but a straight path. So when a Hudson woman set out to make a book on the subject, she said she decided to color outside the lines — so to speak. Kim Owen Mazur's self-published book, "Losing My Reflection," is part coloring book, part journal for people to record their grief experience. The book was awarded a bronze medal this spring in the Independent Publisher Book Awards contest in the gift/speciality/journal category. We asked Mazur about the inspiration for the book and what she hopes people will get out of it.
Families grieving a stillborn baby have a new support option thanks to the fundraising efforts of an Illinois family that knows what it feels like to lose a child. River Falls Area Hospital Birth Center recently received a donated CuddleCot, a small cooling system that goes inside a bassinet to allow bereaved parents more uninterrupted time with their baby.