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 Woodbury school thought to be all but mothballed in June was revived for another school year, at least. East Metro Integration District School Board members on Wednesday, July 10, approved a two-part measure that will keep Crosswinds Arts and Science School open for the 2013-14 school year under the management of the Perpich Center. "It is very satisfying to see Crosswinds as a choice school for students and families," East Metro Integration District Superintendent Janet Mohr said after the meeting.
Woodbury resident Kay Hendrikson considers herself a planner. She serves as a member of Woodbury's Planning Commission, and was drawn to the "well-planned" city she saw in Woodbury when she moved here almost 20 years ago. It may be of little surprise, then, that Hendrikson has already launched her campaign to run in 2014 for House District 53B. "I am a professional planner," she said. "I looked at this as a two-year project."
Our View There's a movement gaining steam to construct a joint police training facility in south Washington County for both Woodbury and Cottage Grove.
Tom Steward Transportation Viewpoint If you take a road trip in Minnesota this summer, somewhere along the line the chances are you will run into an underappreciated, often disparaged, government-driven breakthrough and not even know it. While the unconventional intersections often first run head-on into local resistance from drivers, the dramatic results turn public opinion around before long, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
'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.