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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In an effort to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables, doctors at HealthPartners clinics in the Twin Cities and St. Croix Valley areas are busting out their prescribing pads. Through July 31 children getting a wellness exam can receive a "prescription" good for $10 of fresh produce at Cub Foods and other local grocers. The aim is to get kids excited about fruits and vegetables.
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.
Dakota County Library, in partnership with the Dakota County Library Foundation, announced the results of its annual poetry contest. More than 190 entries were submitted — a 22 percent increase from the previous year. Winning poems will be published on the Dakota County Library website. Youth: Ages 6–8
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.
A 25-year-old Castle Rock Township woman has been released from custody after a search of her rental home near Farmington uncovered dozens of dead cats. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced May 11 that the woman would not be charged Friday, and that the matter remains under investigation. “We take claims of animal abuse very seriously. Further investigation is needed to determine the cause of these cats’ deaths and who is responsible," Backstrom said in a statement.
Area counties ranked highly in their respective states based on more than 30 health-influencing factors and outcomes, according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report out this month. Washington County fared the strongest, ranking second out of 87 Minnesota counties in health factors and third in health outcomes. Just across the river in Wisconsin, St. Croix County ranked fifth in the state for health factors and sixth in health outcomes.
A Rosemount woman who pleaded guilty to funneling thousands of dollars from a Dakota County high school senior party group has been sentenced. Jill Lynn Fiedler, 38, will serve 90 days in jail and five years of probation for stealing $8,727 from the senior party group coffers from October 2016 through February 2017, according to a Dakota County Attorney's Office news release Thursday. She also will have to pay restitution in an amount to be determined at a hearing scheduled for May 9 in Hastings. Fiedler pleaded guilty to one count of theft by temporary control, a felony.
Healthy gums are an important aspect of oral health, but the benefits don't stop there. February has traditionally been designated Gum Disease Awareness Month, a time to recognize the role of gum health in a person's overall health. More than 47 percent of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Prevalence increases to more than 70 percent for adults aged 65 and up.
U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis will be checked out at a Virginia hospital after a train carrying Republican lawmakers hit a garbage truck Wednesday morning, Jan. 31. A message from Lewis relayed by the Republican congressman's staff on Twitter Wednesday afternoon indicated he would be seen at a Virginia hospital "per standard concussion protocol." The message continued: "I'm fine compared to, tragically, the truck drivers, and thankful for the prompt action of our doctors and first responders. My thoughts are with the family of the individual who passed away."