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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A man whose vehicle raised suspicions of officers on a manhunt was arrested and jailed Wednesday in Woodbury. Police seeking the person responsible for killing Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick spotted a vehicle leaving Mendota that matched the general description of the suspect’s car, said Minnesota State Patrol Sgt.
Is it safe to return to Carver Lake waters? The city of Woodbury is leaving that decision up to the public. Trace amounts of microcystin, a toxin sometimes found in blue-green algae blooms, were detected in a sample from Woodbury’s Carver Lake, according to a news release. The city urged the public to stay out of the lake last week after Ramsey-Washington County Watershed District officials discovered blue-green algae in the lake.
A path Jessica Hauser never expected to be traveling is moving her and her family toward a crossroads. The journey began when the Woodbury woman’s son, Wyatt, was diagnosed seven months into his young life with an epileptic condition called infantile spasms. As Hauser and her husband Jeremy learned over time, the condition would cause Wyatt to have about 200 seizures a day. “It’s horrible,” Jessica said of watching her son experience the seizures. “I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone.” The journey continued with the search for treatment options.
This summer has become a season of firsts for Robert Renning. First, he drew national headlines after he freed a man trapped inside a burning car using his bare hands to wrench on a door frame until it burst open a window. On Wednesday, the Woodbury man continued to break new ground when he became the first civilian ever presented with the Roseville Fire Department’s Life Saving Award. “It’s a special day for us,” Roseville Fire Chief Tim O’Neill said during a ceremony for Renning, which was also attended by Michael Johannes, the man freed from the burning SUV. Johannes said it was
The discovery of a troubling algae Friday at Woodbury's Carver Lake prompted city officials to issue a warning. According to a city news release, the presence of blue-green algae in...
A Woodbury woman reported July 1 that older skateboarders at the Ojibway Park skate park were being rude and yelling at younger children there. The woman confronted the older skaters, who were described as “very confrontational.” The woman was advised to call police if she sees the skaters again so “police can give them a talking-to.” An Ojibway Park Court resident reported July 1 that between 1 and 4 p.m. a man came to her came to her door asking if anyone lived there.
Globe University on Tuesday called a lawsuit filed by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office "unnecessary enforcement action." The suit, filed by Attorney General Lori Swanson in Hennepin County District Court, claims Woodbury-based Globe University exploited its criminal justice students by misrepresenting the potential for job opportunities.
A spurned appeal for a cigarette prompted a Woodbury man to slash at his roommate with a knife, according to criminal charges issued last week. According to a criminal complaint, Anthony James Andersen, 26, admitted to cutting a man with whom he shared the same living space during a July 12 incident.
State health officials announced Thursday that a Woodbury restaurant was among the Applebee’s locations where people were sickened by E. coli. At least one of Woodbury's two Applebee’s restaurants was confirmed among the nine Applebee’s where a dozen people had eaten before falling ill, according to a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) news release. An MDH spokesman said it was not immediately clear which of Woodbury's two Applebee's restaurants was included on the list. The department launched an investigation into E.
The Woodbury man who likely saved the life of a fellow motorist in June will be honored for his actions. The Roseville Fire Department will honor Robert Renning on July 23 at the city's fire station, according to a city of Roseville announcement. Renning used his bare hands to wrench on the door frame of a burning SUV during a June 29 incident on Interstate 35W.