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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RED WING, Minn.—A Red Wing teenager who pleaded guilty to sending threatening social media messages in March that led to extra security at Red Wing schools was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 10, 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 misdemeanor upon successful completion of probation. Terms of the probation include no contact with victims and no abusive or threatening behavior.
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.
RED WING, Minn. — 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.
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 Red Wing company flew into action this week to help bring home an injured Lake City boy and his family. WCCO on Tuesday, July 17, reported the story of the Lopez family and 3-year-old Axel, who fell down July 11 and broke his femur while on vacation in Costa Rica. The boy's cast prevents him from flying back on a commercial plane, and an air ambulance would cost the family tens of thousands of dollars.
RED WING, Minn. — A 27-year-old Red Wing man pleaded guilty to two charges, including second-degree murder without intent, to avoid trial Monday, Feb. 5. In addition to the murder charge, Charles Deonta Jones entered a guilty plea for reckless discharge of a firearm in a municipality. During a court hearing Monday, Jones said he and Dangelo William Masterjohn got into an altercation while in a home early April 18, 2017, when a loaded firearm Jones was holding discharged.
Every opioid addiction has a starting point. For many, that first dose comes in the form of a prescription medication. That was the case with Dr. Angie Rake's brother. At age 26 he was prescribed the opioid painkiller Percocet while undergoing cancer treatment. His body became physically dependent on the drug, which led to addiction. The last Rake knew, her brother was living on the streets of Seattle, addicted to heroin. "Unfortunately my brother's story is all too common," Rake said.
RED WING, Minn. — A Red Wing man bitten by a K-9 in his garage last year is suing two Goodhue County Sheriff's deputies, two department supervisors and the county. The deputies subjected James Sutherland, who was 83 at the time of the incident, to excessive force and unreasonable seizure in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights, according to the lawsuit filed Nov. 22 in federal district court.
PIERCE COUNTY, Wis. — A Pierce County man accused of mistreating dogs at a home-based business was in court Tuesday, Sept. 26, for the final hearing before a jury trial begins next month. His first appearance on a new charge of misdemeanour bail jumping was postponed at the hearing pending appointment of a public defender.
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.