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Minn. plans extra speeding enforcement in July

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota will use extra law enforcement to target speeding motorists July 6-22, the Department of Public Safety announced Thursday, May 24. Authorities say Memorial Day through Labor ...
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Pedestrian struck by 2 light-rail trains in Twin Cities

ST. PAUL -- A pedestrian was injured Wednesday evening, May 23, when she was struck by two light-rail trains in St. Paul, officials say. The woman was crossing University Avenue ...

New Life Academy receives grant to accelerate scientific innovation

New Life Academy students Jordan Plante, Andrew Nelson and Lleyton Meier study rocketry as part of the school's STEAM program, Submitted photo courtesy of Shay Motalebi.
Isaac Newton wasn’t in his laboratory when he got the inspiration for his theory of gravity — legend has it that his “Eureka!” moment occurred when he was walking in ...
William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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TCF Bank robbery in Cottage Grove

Police are investigating a bank robbery that took place at TCF Bank in Cottage Grove, 7155 East Point Douglas Road, around 4 p.m. this afternoon. Katie Nelson / RiverTown Multimedia
COTTAGE GROVE — Police are investigating a bank robbery that took place at TCF Bank, 7155 East Point Douglas Road, around 4 p.m. this afternoon. An unknown male suspect fled ...

Pawlenty to skip GOP endorsing convention, going straight to primary

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty Forum News Service file photo
ST. PAUL --Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has announced he plans to skip early June’s Republican state convention and go straight to the Aug.14 primary, drawing sharp criticism from another ...

A growing divide: As Hudson discusses inclusion, 'Citizens' flagged as hate group

Tony Bol, center, chats with other members of the leadership team and meeting attendees at the Hudson Inclusion Alliance's latest meeting on Tuesday, May 8. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Aynaz Anni Cyrus speaks at the Hudson House Hotel Thursday, May 3 to a crowd of more than a hundred poeple. John R. Russett / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
Attendees of the May 8 Hudson Inclusion Alliance meeting share concerns and ideas for making Hudson more inclusive. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3
Editor's note: This is the first in a series exploring the climate surrounding inclusion in the St. Croix River Valley Sitting in a Keys Cafe, Darla Meyers and Dianne Joachim ...

'Dayton's monkey' to be on display at the Science Museum in St. Paul

Remains of a monkey were found recently in the former Minneapolis Dayton's Department Store. On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Gov. Mark Dayton said a money escaped when he worked at his family's store, but another family also has come forward saying the monkey had been stolen, then returned to the store. Old Minneapolis / Facebook
ST. PAUL -- The mummified monkey found in the former Minneapolis Dayton's department store building will soon be on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. The ...

Man hospitalized after 165-foot jump from High Bridge

A Roseville, Minn., survived a jump from the Arcola High Bridge in rural Somerset Tuesday night. Submitted photo
A Minnesota man was hospitalized Tuesday night after he jumped from the Arcola High Bridge in rural Somerset. St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson said the man, a 22-year-old Roseville ...
Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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Fishing Frenzy: An interactive look at the 2018 Minnesota fishing opener

Around a half million anglers will venture out this weekend looking to catch the big one during the Minnesota walleye and pike fishing opener.

Minn. cops cite 54% more drivers for texting in annual campaign

ST. PAUL -- For the fourth year in a row, citations for texting while behind the wheel climbed during Minnesota’s annual distracted driving campaign. Officers, deputies and troopers cited 1,576 ...


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