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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Woodbury's Aperitif restaurant closed its doors Monday. A restaurant employee confirmed the closure last week. Patrick Short, general manager of the Sheraton St. Paul Woodbury hotel, said the decision to close the restaurant was made "very recently." St. Paul-based JLT Group owns Aperitif and the Woodbury Sheraton. Short said the closure was not related to a federal investigation into JLT. "But it was a decision by JLT to close the doors," he said. JLT Group is involved "in an alleged fraud investigation," an FBI spokesman confirmed last month.
Woodbury's residents have been increasingly reminded of their wildlife neighbors, according to recent police reports. Between Jan. 9 and Feb.
Whatever happens with plans to redevelop the State Farm Insurance building, it won't involve special legislation this session at the Capitol. Woodbury City Administrator Clint Gridley today confirmed the Legislature's timetable would be too narrow a window to draft any possible bill related to the State Farm property. "Time lines are just too difficult to meet," he said of deadlines set this session by legislative leaders.
Federal agents on Thursday searched the offices of a Twin Cities developer who owns numerous commercial and residential properties in Woodbury. A search warrant was executed at JLT Group's offices in St. Paul, FBI special agent Steve Warfield said.
Woodbury figures prominently in a slate of transit options connecting the Twin Cities with Eau Claire, Wis., announced Wednesday by a transportation commission. The seven transit options presented by the Gateway Corridor Commission include mixes of bus traffic, light rail and commuter rail. The commission, formed in 2009, is tasked with studying and planning alternative transportation options along I-94. The options will be presented at Feb. 24 meeting at Woodbury City Hall.
New commercial construction in Woodbury was on the rebound in 2010 for the first time in four years, though local residential property values continued to decline, according to a report released last week by the city. The 58-page report was presented Feb. 7 to Planning Commission members in draft form.
The nation's largest chain of yoga studios has arrived in Woodbury at a location that officials there say offers one-of-a-kind services. Corepower Yoga & Spa celebrated its grand opening Saturday at 8160 Coller Way Suite C. The Woodbury location brings the number of Corepower studios in the Twin Cities to 10. But manager Jamie Nelson and marketing manager Jessie Syfko said additional facilities at the Woodbury location set it apart from the rest.
Democrats took aim at U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann just hours before she dips her toe into presidential waters among Republican activists. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today launched a website targeting the 6th District Congresswoman's efforts to create jobs under new GOP rule in the U.S. House. Woodbury is in Bachmann's 6th District. "House Republicans like Rep.
A northern Minnesota man accused of driving drunk and leading Woodbury police on a high-speed motorcycle chase last year was sentenced to six months in jail. The motorcyclist, Cole John Crandell, 22, was convicted in November of first-degree DWI, a charge stemming from the Sept. 12, 2010, incident. Washington County District Court Judge Richard Ilkka stayed a prison sentence of more than three years, provided Crandell abides the terms of his probation for five years. Woodbury police were patrolling traffic at 1:01 a.m. Sept.
A 20-year-old St.