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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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.
RED WING, Minn.,—More than a hundred Red Wing High School students participated in a skilled labor forum Friday, Oct. 13, designed to highlight career options in the trades. Red Wing Shoe Co. brought several members of "The Crew" — trades workers from around the country who volunteer as company ambassadors and provide product feedback. The group included a carpenter, electrician, ironworker and diesel mechanic.
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.
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, Minn. — A mix of adults, teens and children descended on Royal Oaks Elementary School in Woodbury 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.