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 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.
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:
The Red Wing Community Awareness and Emergency Response Organization — or CAER — conducted its yearly river response training Aug. 8, 2018, on the Mississippi River. The training exercise included the deployment of containment booms, floating barriers that can be used to control oil spills.
Health investigators have identified three cases of the diarrhoeal disease cryptosporidiosis associated with people who visited the Shades of Sherwood Campground in Zumbrota, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. Anyone who visited Shades of Sherwood in July is asked to call MDH at 651-201-5794. One person has been hospitalized as a result of the outbreak, according to a news releae. One of the people also was infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.