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Boys' basketball: East Ridge's defense shuts down Royals

East Ridge guard TJ Kelly's defense on Woodbury star Michael Jones was a major factor in the Raptors' 69-44 win at Woodbury Tuesday. Photos by John Molene / Sports Writer 1 / 3
Woodbury's Ryan Christensen (34) is tied up by East Ridge's Zach Zebrowski (5) as he tries to go to the basket in the first half Tuesday. 2 / 3
Woodbury's David Alston (32) goes to the basket in the first half against the defense of East Ridge's Kendall Brown (10). 3 / 3
The first two these two archrivals played this season – a 69-57 Woodbury win at East Ridge back on Jan. 10 – a more experienced Woodbury team took advantage of ...
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Woodbury sex trafficking sting yields charges against 18 people

An investigation targeting child sex trafficking over Super Bowl week led to charges against 18 people arrested in Woodbury. The arrests stemmed from a collaborative operation among law enforcement agencies ...
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Lake Elmo woman, 25, likely died of hypothermia along rural Cottage Grove Road

Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered Feb. 10 along the 6600 block of Keats Avenue in Cottage Grove.
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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Attorney general outlines Super Bowl sex trafficking sting in St. Croix County

St. Croix County Sheriff's Office investigative Sgt. Brandie Hart, New Richmond police Lt. Veronica Koehler and River Falls Deputy Chief Jon Aubart were among those joining Attorney General Brad Schimel at a Friday news conference in Hudson. He and others discussed a Super Bowl-timed sex sting in St. Croix County. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia
HUDSON — Authorities said a two-day sting last week led to the rescue of human trafficking victims and would-be prostitution customers in St. Croix County. The operation was timed months ...
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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Dozens arrested in Super Bowl sex trafficking sting

Minnesota law enforcement agencies arrested more than three dozen people on felony prostitution and child sex-trafficking charges in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, according to the Minnesota ...
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Minn. third-grader pulls trigger of cop’s gun, fires shot

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — Nobody was injured Monday afternoon, Feb. 5, when a student at the Harmony Learning Center fired a school liaison officer’s gun, Maplewood police say. The officer was ...
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Up, Up & Away 5K results highlight area runners

Ethan Vargas, Hudson, was the first male to finish the Up, Up & Away 5K Saturday, Jan. 17 in Hudson as part of Hot Air Affair goings-on. He had a time of 17:18. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones1 / 18
Jill Hatch, Hudson, was the first female to cross the finish line at the Up, Up & Away 5K Saturday, Jan. 27 as part of Hudson Hot Air Affair festivities. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones2 / 18
Sponsor Joe Wynveen from Walgreen’s is pictured with the Up, Up & Away 5K “female 15 and under” winners Eliana Vargas, Hudson (first place, 26:40), and Adia Johnson, Spring Valley (third place, 42:24). Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones3 / 18
Sponsor Tracy Berglund from Thrivent Financial stand with Up, Up & Away 5K “female 16 to 19” winner Jennah Wilson, of New Richmond, who finished in 28:35. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones4 / 18
“Female 20 to 29” winner in the Up, Up & Away 5K Emily Petermann, of Hopkins, Minn., finished in 24:04. She is pictured with sponsor Kristin Iehl from Hampton Inn & Suites. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones5 / 18
Sponsor Ruth Petermann from Hudson Neighbors is pictured with the “Female 30 to 39” Up, Up & Away 5K winners Jennifer Pinski of River Falls (third place, 25:02)and Sarah Von Ruden, Falcon Heights, Minn. (second place, 24:03). Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones6 / 18
Sponsor Dr. Kathleen Delander from McCabe Chiropractic and Wellness Center congratulates the “Female 40 to 49” winners, including first place, Jill Hatch, Hudson, 21:49; second place Melissa Zajec, New Richmond. 22:06; and third place Melanie Reed, Chetek, 22:35. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones7 / 18
Sponsor Joe Wynveen from Walgreen’s is pictured with the Up, Up & Away 5K “Female 50 to 59” winners: first place, Candy Dreshar, Andover, Minn., 24:39; second place, Corey Johnson, Woodbury, Minn., 25:17; third place, Ruth Petermann, Mendota Heights, Minn., 25:26. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones8 / 18
Female 60 to 69 Up, Up & Away 5K winners include: first place, Carol De Blieck, Cottage Grove, Minn., 30:18; second place, Diane Mann, Zumbrota, Minn., 30:24; third place, Char Valenzuela, Beldenville, 31:57. They are pictured with Sponsor Tracy Berglund from Thrivent Financial. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones9 / 18
Runners in the “Female 70 and Over” group from the Up, Up & Away 5K at Hot Air Affair are pictured with sponsor Kristin Iehl from Hampton Inn & Suites/ They include first place winner Rosemary Harnly, Red Wing, Minn., 37:46 and second place winner Diane Wolfe, River Falls, 58:17. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones10 / 18
Up, Up & Away 5K “Male 15 and Under” winners Saturday, Jan. 27 included Ethan Vargas, first place, Hudson, 17:18; Jason Franzwa, second place, River Falls, 19:45; and Jack Olson, third place, Hudson, 23:43. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones.11 / 18
Up, Up & Away 5K runners in the “Male 16 to 19” category include winners Charlie Franke, Stillwater, first place, 20:24 and Quintin Bates, Hudson, third place, 23:32. They are pictured with sponsor Dr. Kathleen Delander from McCabe Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones12 / 18
Sponsor Joe Wynveen of Walgreen’s congratulates the “Male 20 to 29” winner in the Up, Up & Away 5K, which took place Saturday, Jan. 27. The first place honor went to Ryan Soule, Woodbury, Minn, who ran the race in 18:14. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones13 / 18
Paul Shovelain, New Brighton, Minn., took home the first place honor in the Up, Up & Away 5K “Male 30 to 39” category Saturday, Jan. 27. He ran the race in 19:02. Omar Palacios, Burnsville, Minn., placed third in 21:17. Sponsor Tracy Berglund from Thrivent Financial congratulates them. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones.14 / 18
Jon Sonnentag, Hudson, took first place in the Up, Up & Away 5K “Male 40 to 49” category with a time of 23:06 Saturday, Jan. 27. Ty Dodge, Clear Lake, secured third place with a time of 24:38. They are pictured with sponsor Kristin Iehl from Hampton Inn & Suites. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones15 / 18
Joe Braun, Woodbury, Minn., took second place in the Up, Up & Away 5K “Male 50 to 59” category Saturday, Jan. 27, with a time of 21:17. Curt Weese, Hudson, snagged third place in 21:55. Sponsor Ruth Petermann from Hudson Neighbors is pictured also. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones16 / 18
Sponsor Joe Wynveen from Walgreen’s congratulates the Up, Up & Away 5K “Male 70 and Over” winner Carl Wegner, Birchwood, Minn., who ran to first place in his category with a time of 40:52. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones17 / 18
Rich Chryst, Altoona, ran to first place in the Up, Up & Away 5K “Male 60-69” category with a time of 25:51 Saturday, Jan. 27 in Hudson. Allen Omernik, Hudson, turned in a second place performance in 27:25. They are pictured with sponsor Dr, Kathleen Delander from McCabe Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Photo courtesy of Daryl Jones18 / 18
HUDSON -- The results for the Up, Up & Away 5K Run from Hudson Hot Air Affair Saturday, Jan. 27 are listed below; 168 runners took part. 1 466 Ethan ...
Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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Twin Cities man killed in St. Croix County I-94 crash

An east metro man was killed Monday when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a St. Croix County bridge abutment. The Wisconsin State Patrol identified the driver as 46-year-old ...
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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Here's how to do the Super Bowl "Bold North" cheer

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Crew 52 Super Bowl volunteers from Cottage Grove, Woodbury and Oakdale rallied Jan. 26 at the Health East Sports Center in Woodbury, where they showed off their gear and chanted ...
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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University of Minnesota declares 'public safety emergency' after man holes himself, two others up in hotel room

The University of Minnesota rec center and nearby roads are closed Monday morning for what the U is calling a “public safety emergency.” Students awoke to safety alert phone calls ...
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