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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'Invisible' Crosswinds school worth a fresh look A tireless and committed group of parents began rallying behind Crosswinds Arts & Sciences School almost three years ago when it was threatened with closure by its own special integration district board. Here's what Woodbury and south Washington County community members should know:
Kyle Konkler, the vulnerable adult reported missing Friday after walking away from his Woodbury home, had not been located by Saturday morning. Woodbury Police Sgt. Neil Bauer said a detective had been assigned to the case of Konkler, who was last seen on Wednesday.
When a visitor entered Applewood Family Dental last week, the office's newest staff member bursted down the hallway to make an introduction. Though they would later offer a warm welcome, the initial bearer of good tidings wasn't dentist Brian Kraby or his jack-of-all trades assistant Mary Reck. It was Molly, a 4-year-old cocker spaniel who is believed to be the first therapy dog working in a Minnesota dental office. The dog, Reck said, "just lightens the whole mood" in the office.
Woodbury 2013 graduate Ryan Winter helped the South beat the North 24-14 in the 40th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game, held Saturday June 29, St. Cloud State University's Husky Stadium. Winter - a 6-foot, 3-inch, 235-pound defensive end - recorded two tackles in the game for the South, which leads overall series for the first time 10-9-1. Last fall, Winter had his second-straight season with 16 sacks, giving him 32 sacks over the past two years.
Lauren Von Drashek has no problem embodying the mean-girl role. In fact, her friends had remarked for years that her sassy attitude would make her a perfect fit on reality television. So when Von Drashek, a 2008 Woodbury High School graduate, saw a Twitter post last year seeking out character archetypes for a reality show, she jumped at the chance. "It just sounded like something I'd be really good at," the 23-year-old said.
An Ashley Lane resident reported June 25 that a plumber doing work at her house reported he needed parts. The resident made out a $200 check for parts, which the plumber took. The plumber cashed the check a day sooner than the resident had asked and didn’t return, nor did he answer his phone. The plumber did leave tools behind, however. Police were called June 25 to Target, 7200 Valley Creek Plaza, for a disturbance involving two people arguing in the parking lot. A woman on the scene said the man parked next to her slammed his door into her.
I emailed Woodbury City Council members respectfully asking about the funding for the Bielenberg Sports Center (BSC). The city information on funding and taxes for the project is literally only a paragraph. I received no response so I emailed City Administrator Clint Gridley my questions and got an informed response. I mentioned how the project costs have increased from $16 million in 2010 to now $22 million and questioned the funding source, voter approval, and if new taxes are going to be required. Mr.
No one asks to be a victim of crime, nor do we deserve to be. Yet every week in this newspaper we see stories of residents being victimized — from petty theft to assault to property damage, and seemingly everything in between. Sometimes those crimes are unavoidable; there’s certainly little we can do to prevent hooligans from egging houses or keying our beloved vehicles. Other crimes, however, are able to be warded off. This week we learned about a spate of burglaries in the Stonemill Farms area allegedly perpetrated by juveniles during daylight hours.
A resident in the 6000 block of Upper Afton Road reported June 18 that 22 tiki torches were stolen from his property. Loss: $330. Police were called June 18 to Carver Lake Beach for a fight report following numerous 911 calls. When police arrived, they witnessed the suspect speeding through the parking lot in a vehicle, which went airborne over a walking path and crashed through a fence. The driver, an Oakdale man, attempted to turn the vehicle around. He was ordered to the ground by police and arrested.
A Minnesota appeals court upheld a lower court’s decision to revoke the driver’s license of a Woodbury man who claimed he was unlawfully seized during a 2012 investigatory traffic stop. The case, brought by Mitchell James Luebbe, argued that a Woodbury police officer acted outside the boundaries of law Aug.