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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Janelle Nordine said she is blessed to be alive. The Prescott woman survived a brain aneurysm and stroke 16 years ago. Today she said she is doing well and living her life to the fullest. Part of that is helping ensure others can live their lives, too. The 64-year-old is a prolific blood donor. For the past few years, she said she has given blood around every eight weeks — as frequently as the rules allow. "I had one of the phlebotomists tell me I'm his favorite patient ever," Nordine said with a chuckle. "So that made me feel good."
Lisa Drummond did what people are supposed to do when they feel sick, she went to see a doctor. Then she went back, again and again. She was given multiple explanations for her symptoms, offered solutions and found temporary relief. But something was still wrong. In December 2018, after two years and several doctor visits, Drummond got the answer she was looking for, just not the one anyone wants to hear: metastatic colorectal cancer. Drummond said doctors told her she likely got the disease a couple years ago, right around the time she started to have symptoms.
Extreme cold in the forecast for Wednesday Jan. 30, 2019, has prompted the U.S. Postal Service to suspend mail delivery in Minnesota and Wisconsin, according to a news release Tuesday.
A record number of Americans are expected to hit the road, take to the sky or catch a train this holiday season, according to AAA and analytics company INRIX. More than a third of the country — around 112.5 million people — will travel by automobile, airplane or train for end-of-the-year gatherings between Dec. 22 and Jan. 1, according to a travel forecast released Dec. 13. AAA says the expected number of travelers is a 4.4 percent increase over last year and the most ever since the motor club association has been tracking holiday travel.
With all the decorating, shopping, cooking and get-togethers, the holiday season can leave a person breathless. Though these activities are all in good fun, the added commitments can also bring on additional stress this time of year.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert to pet owners and veterinarians Sept. 20, 2018, warning of the potential for neurologic adverse events in dogs and cats when treated with flea and tick medicine with isoxazoline.
Chris Meyer knows prostate cancer isn't something just old men need to think about. The Woodbury resident had his first bout with the disease in 2010 at age 40, then had to deal with a recurrence in 2016. The two-time survivor is on a mission to raise awareness about prostate cancer, especially among younger men. That includes participating the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Saturday, Sept. 15 around Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. Funds raised from the event go to support prostate cancer research, education and screening.
To help support the need for blood around the Labor Day holiday, Memorial Blood Centers is offering all presenting donors from Sept.1-8 the opportunity to win "Hamilton" tickets. Visit MBC.org/theater for details. The need for blood is constant, and summer can be a challenging time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospitals. While walk-in donors are always welcome, MBC encourages appointments be made in advance. To find nearby blood drives or register to donate, visit MBC.org.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Division staff stocked the outdoor fish pond and indoor fish tanks Aug. 22, 2018, at the State Fairgrounds. The exhibit features about three dozen species of fish, including paddlefish and — the largest at 50-plus inches — a lake sturgeon, according to the DNR. The sturgeon was the gift of an angler who harvested it legally from the St. Croix River several years ago.
A St. Louis, Mo., man faces a homicide charge in the fatal attack of a co-worker with a circular saw at a River Falls-area job site. Miguel Angel Franco Navarro, 24, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and one count of mayhem in the Aug. 6, 2018, attack that left 37-year-old Israel Valles-Flores dead, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Pierce County. According to the complaint: