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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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.
Multiple reports state 911 network service has resumed following an outage around Minnesota Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Washington and Dakota counties were included in the outage. The 911 service provider for the state of Minnesota is investigating what caused the outage, according to a Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweet.
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.