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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Incumbent Ted Bearth cruised to victory Tuesday in the race for Washington County Board’s District 2 seat. The Oakdale man defeated challenger Jeremy Olson 62.5 percent to 37 percent, winning a four-year term. Bearth was first elected in 2012 when he unseated former Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek. The District 2 seat includes a portion of Woodbury. Bearth won two of the three Woodbury precincts, while Olson, a Woodbury resident, claimed a narrow victory in Precinct 7. Bearth, a former elected official in Oakdale, won at every other precinct in the district, expect for one in Mahtomedi.
Woodbury's House District 53B seat will remain in Republican hands. Kelly Fenton, a retired educator and former vice chairwoman for the Republican Party of Minnesota, handily defeated her DFL challenger Kay Hendrikson 56.9 percent to 43 percent. Fenton campaigned on creating efficiencies in government, growing the state's economy and boosting education standards -- all messages she said connected with voters. "I am just honored to have the confidence of the people of Woodbury and I look forward to representing everybody," she said after the final results came in late Tuesday.
JoAnn Ward believed she had unfinished business at the Capitol. The Woodbury House Democrat will be able to tackle that work after defeating her Republican challenger, Lukas Czech, at the polls on Tuesday.
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A Woodbury City Council candidate’s complaint that a property management company violated state campaign laws will be heard by a panel of judges. Administrative Law Judge James LaFave on Monday, Nov. 3, concluded that there is probable cause for Bill Braun’s complaint against Wellington Management to proceed to a panel of administrative law judges.
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A Kingfield Lane resident reported Oct. 14 that a man was seen wandering the area in and around trees, where he was seen crouching down. Police made contact with the man. He was determined to a lawn-service worker winterizing an underground sprinkler system. Police were called Oct. 14 to Cabela’s, 8400 Hudson Road, for a man attempting to steal two trail cameras at the store.
Cash is flowing into the House District 53B race by the tens of thousands, though one candidate has outspent her opponent nearly three times over. Republican Kelly Fenton spent $44,609 through Oct. 21.
Social issues took center stage last week at the final forum for Woodbury-area legislative candidates. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidates JoAnn Ward, the incumbent in House District 53A, and Kay Hendrikson, one of two people vying for the open House District 53B seat were the two in attendance. House District 53A Republican candidate Lukas Czech and Republican Kelly Fenton, of House District 53B, were not in attendance. The forum, held Thursday, Oct.
It’s been decades since Kevin Sahly and his family skated into town. The family business, Wooddale Fun Zone, celebrated 40 years of operation this month in Woodbury. The combination roller rink-fitness center came to a Woodbury where commerce was a far cry from the current retail bonanza it is today.
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Police on patrol at 2:16 a.m. Sept. 25 found a man running on Pinehurst Road at Donegal Drive. The man was stopped due a possible curfew violation and for recent thefts in the area. The man, a Woodbury resident wearing jeans and a long-sleeve denim shirt, told police he was out for a jog. After initially refusing to identify himself, the man later produced identification. He was released on the scene without charges. A Woodbury woman reported Sept.