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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WELCH, Minn. — 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.
RIVER FALLS, Wis.—A St. Louis, Mo., man faces a homicide charge in the fatal attack of a co-worker with a circular saw at a far western Wisconsin area job site. Miguel Angel Franco Navarro, 24, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and one count of mayhem in the Monday, Aug. 6, attack that left 37-year-old Israel Valles-Flores dead, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Pierce County. According to the complaint:
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 group of Minnesota residents drove to the state Capitol on Tuesday to deliver a petition calling for a ban on silica sand mining in southeast Minnesota, but Gov. Mark Dayton said he wouldn’t act without the Legislature.
RED WING, Minn. — Less than six months after updating the county mining ordinance, the Goodhue County Board voted Thursday to approve a series of amendments strengthening regulations for silica sand operations. The amendments passed with minor dissention among the five-member board, with commissioners agreeing that more rules were needed to protect residents and the environment before the county mining moratorium expires March 6.
Click here for a full event listing. FRIDAY FEB. 3 | SATURDAY FEB. 4 | SUNDAY FEB. 5 Friday Feb. 3 Torchlight "Gone with the Windz" parade and fireworks display
The 28th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair runs Feb. 3-5, 2017 in Hudson. The balloon rally and winter festival — with the theme "Gone with the Windz" — will feature 30-plus hot air balloons and a full slate of family-friendly activities. Check out the Hudson Star Observer's coverage as well as event schedules and highlights below: Look back at the weekend's event with an interactive StoryMap .