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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Sometimes it helps to just hash things out over a warm beverage. Those experiencing memory loss and their caregivers have a new support option in the Washington County area through monthly Memory Cafés hosted by Stillwater-based family support organization FamilyMeans. The 90-minute sessions provide facilitated discussions and community resources in a welcoming environment, the organization says. We asked Jenny West, caregiving and aging community educator with FamilyMeans, to explain the Memory Café model and what how the gatherings have helped area resident.
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.
Chris Meyer knows prostate cancer isn't something just old men need to think about. The Woodbury resident had his first bout with the disease in 2010 at age 40, then had to deal with a recurrence in 2016. The two-time survivor is on a mission to raise awareness about prostate cancer, especially among younger men. That includes participating the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Saturday, Sept. 15 around Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. Funds raised from the event go to support prostate cancer research, education and screening.
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.
A St. Paul woman faces a felony mistreatment of animals charge and 12 misdemeanor stemming from the May 9 search of a residence in Castle Rock Township, south of Farmington. Caycee Lynn Bregel, 25, is charged in connection with the death of care of numerous cats, according to a news release Aug. 29. She will be summoned to appear in Dakota County District Court in Hastings, though no court date had been set as of Wednesday.
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.
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.