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.
River Falls Rotarians Gorden Hedahl and Linda Yde said they remember what it was like to live under the spectre of polio and iron lung machines. "I remember people standing in line to get the shots in the late-50s," said Hedahl, who was 10 years old when the polio vaccine was developed. A couple of his classmates contracted the disease as children. If trends continue, Hedahl and Yde will see polio eradicated for good. Area Rotary clubs observed World Polio Day on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Part of the message this year is just how close the world is to wiping out the disease.
ELLSWORTH — A Pierce County jury has fond Stuart Earl West guilty on 62 misdemeanor charges related to treatment of dogs in April 2016. The rural Elmwood man was found not guilty on 63 charges. The verdict came in around 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. The panel of 12 jurors deliberated for more than six hours.
ELLSWORTH — Jurors began deliberating Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 25, in the case of a rural Elmwood man charged with 125 misdemeanor counts related to treatment of Labradors at his Alma Bottom Pointing Labs facility.
Humans have long relied on horses for transportation, plowing fields and other physical tasks. At a company in western Wisconsin, horses are also helping people better themselves. Stable Relations in Roberts offers equine-assisted growth and learning services to individuals and groups, including continuing education classes for social workers and team-building activities for businesses. We asked Bridget McConnell, the program coordinator at Stable Relations, to explain more about the business and how horses can help people grow:
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.
NEW RICHMOND — The role of a caregiver can be a lonely, isolating experience, but the packed crowd Friday, Sept. 29, at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Conference Center was proof positive that help is out there. The campus hosted the 11th annual Caregiver Conference, a daylong workshop featuring presentations and resources for family caregivers and professionals. Keynote speaker Teepa Snow, a specialist in dementia care education, opened the day's events by likening caregiving to a team sport, with players and a coach who can call a timeout when necessary.
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. Jury selection in the animal neglect case is set for Friday, Oct. 20, with the weeklong trial getting underway the following Monday. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles said Tuesday he anticipates 90 to 100 potential jurors will be called.
Sometimes losing weight requires a team effort. YMCA in Hudson is offering a Lighter U class this fall. The 12-week, small group program is designed to help participants manage weight through nutrition education, exercise instruction and coaching. The class meets at Hudson Hospital & Clinic 10 to 11:15 a.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 2 or Catalyst Sports Medicine 10 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Oct. 4. The group classes consist of six to 12 participants led by a certified personal trainer.