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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The investment group that purchased the former State Farm site in Woodbury announced Tuesday that Whole Foods Market will be coming to the redeveloped campus. Whole Foods Market will lease a 45,000 square-foot space at City Place, according to a news release from the development group, Elion Partners. “We are thrilled to have Whole Foods Market as our grocer and enthusiastic about how this offering will enhance the CityPlace experience for its office workers, visitors and the Woodbury community” said Elion’s Juan DeAngulo.
A Blaine teenager was charged this month on allegations that he and another male stormed a Woodbury home and zapped a resident with a Taser in an apparent burglary attempt. Emilio Valentin Huerta, 17, Blaine, was charged Sept. 10 in Washington County Juvenile Court with one count of first-degree burglary involving assault with a dangerous weapon. Huerta was also charged with a second felony-level burglary count.
A Woodbury elementary school received a rare distinction this month. Red Rock Elementary was one of four schools named a Minnesota School of Excellence on Sept. 19 by the Minneosta Elementary School Prinicipals' Association (MESPA).
Two men who attracted attention while attempting to sell gold at a Woodbury jewelry store were among three people arrested after drugs were allegedly found in the vehicle they left in. The suspects, St. Paul resident Mario Martell Spencer, D’shun Dewayne Taylor, no permanent address, and Destiney Dupree, of Maple Grove, were all charged with fifth-degree drug possession following the Aug. 28 traffic stop. Taylor, 20, and Spencer, 29, made their initial court appearances Sept.
The new Bielenberg Sports Center field house represents the latest iteration in a push for a Woodbury sports complex that stretches back to the 1980s. The city’s comprehensive parks and trails plan of 1986 named a major recreational complex in Woodbury as a new priority. By 1994, that effort had built enough of a groundswell that the city proposed a $7.8 million referendum to voters that included the construction of an 80-acre recreation complex at Bailey Road and Tower Drive – now Radio Drive. The referendum, which also included financing for 14 neighborhood parks, passed 2,033 to 1,
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Police were called Aug. 26 to TCF Bank, 8432 Tamarack Village, for a woman verbally harassing customers. The woman, a Lake Elmo resident, had calmed down by the time police arrived. A Leyland Trail resident reported Aug. 27 that it appeared someone had walked around her yard pouring a substance that dyed the grass in a zigzag pattern. No suspects. Police conducting surveillance at 12:23 a.m.
For eight years straight until his retirement, Rick Light rode his bike to work at Woodbury High School. The 58-year-old retired from teaching in June. But as for the biking? He’s nowhere near hitting the brakes. Light and his wife Connie are training for what could be their biggest biking adventure yet.
The overcast skies never opened up Friday afternoon, but that didn't keep a whole lot of people from getting soaked in Woodbury. Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens joined staff at Woodbury Senior Living by participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. -- Police responded Aug. 7 to a hunting complaint on Dale Road. The hunter was located and had been approved for shotgun hunting of ducks and geese. -- A Woodbury woman reported Aug. 7 that a wheelbarrow was on fire on Lochaven Drive. Officers arrived to find the fire had burned through the wheelbarrow and was burning unattended. The fire was extinguished with a garden hose.
Present-day Woodbury bears scarce resemblance to the bucolic community of Glenn Ickler’s youth. Growing up here in the 1940s and 50s on his family’s Military Road homestead meant a simpler life without indoor plumbing or even neighbors. Phone calls were placed on a 12-line party line and a call to St. Paul was long distance. Big boxes?