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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With a combination of big crowds, stress and long-distance travel, it can be a challenge staying healthy around the holiday season. We asked Gwen Verchota, lead nurse practitioner and care delivery manager at HealthPartners online clinic, www.virtuwell.com , to give some tips on how to avoid getting sick as well as what to do if you come down with an illness while out of town.
Someone at work or school may already sick. Maybe it's you. Influenza season is here, and health experts are once again urging folks to get their annual flu shot. The flu season got an early start in Wisconsin, with more than a dozen cases reported in the Badger State from Sept. 1-22, according to the Department of Health Services. "We've already had reports of flu cases and hospitalizations due to the flu, so we want to encourage people to get their flu shots as soon as possible," State Health Officer Karen McKeown said in a news release.
WOODBURY — Claire Emery was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. In the months that followed, she endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. With her treatment now completed, the Woodbury resident has turned to helping other women facing a similar ordeal.
It can be an overwhelming time for parents as they prepare their children to go back to school. There are supplies to gather, new clothes to buy, haircuts to schedule — the list goes on. But what about a child's health? It is beneficial to identify health concerns and put together a plan before classes start, said Dr. Lawrence Richmond, who practices family medicine at Park Nicollet Clinic in Plymouth, Minn., part of the HealthPartners organization.
A photo of a white and maroon Minnesota State Patrol cruiser, with help from a high-profile background, earned enough online votes earlier this month to appear in a calendar featuring the best looking cruisers in the country.
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.
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.
RED WING, Minn. — A child safety group is warning parents about the potential choking hazard of fidget spinners as kids look to keep busy this summer. The trendy spinning toy can fall apart and the small pieces could become lodged in a child's throat, according to World Against Toys Causing Harm. The group ranked fidget spinners no. 1 on its Top 10 Summer Safety Traps for 2017 report released June 21. "Do not be lulled into a false sense of security that a toy is safe simply because it is popular," said Joan Siff, president of WATCH, in a news release.
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.