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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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Democrats wasted no time to begin cheering the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this morning to reject a federal gay-marriage ban.
Two Woodbury teenagers recently reached the pinnacle of Boy Scouts. Chris Kesting, 16, and Max Rombach, 18, were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on June 6 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis — the church that sponsors Troop 871. For Kesting, who will be entering his junior year at New Life Academy, the award represented the accomplishment of a goal he set after attaining the rank of Star Scout. Now he’s able to pin the Eagle Scout distinction to his resume, which Kesting figures will help down the road when he goes in search of jobs after college. “That stands out to people,
South Washington County School Board members informally agreed last week to seek an increased property tax levy on the November ballot. District 833 has a current levy of $3.4 million, or $164.38 per student, expiring in November 2013. During the June 20 meeting, board members looked at several levy options including a renewal without an increase, a renewal plus an increase and not seeking a renewal. "We are not at a point of recommending one of these," Superintendent Keith Jacobus said. "We need to decide where we want to go as a school district."
A months-long courtship between South Washington County Schools and the Crosswinds school is officially over. The district, which had expressed interest in taking over Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School building in Woodbury, has moved on to other long-term planning after it became clear the Crosswinds’ current education program must continue at that building unless state laws are changed. District 833 was interested in acquiring the building from the East Metro Integration District, of which it’s a member, if there was flexibility to offer different programming there, South Washin
If cancer prevention practices don't move forward in coming years, researchers won't have Woodbury to blame. Community members turned out in droves at Woodwinds Health Campus on Thursday, June 20, to participate in the American Cancer Society's (ACS) Prevention Study 3. Event organizers said the Woodbury hospital turned out the highest level of participation in the study of any community in the Twin Cities.
Corey Lunn Superintendent's Viewpoint The legislative session has come to an end, and while there is much work yet to do to sort out the complexities of the new education bill, the bottom line is some good news for Stillwater Area Public Schools. For the first time in many years, the state made broad investments in education by providing early childhood scholarships, funding all-day kindergarten, providing a small increase in the funding formula, and beginning to address some of its unfunded mandates.
USA Karate is kicking it again in Woodbury. After several years of dormancy in the community, the Twin Cities-based martial arts school has returned to Woodbury, where it is now housed in the Tamarack Hills shopping center. The business held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 21, as part of grand opening ceremonies, where students demonstrated elaborate and choreographed martial arts routines to members of the local business community. Until opening the Woodbury location, USA Karate's studios were mainly located in the west metro.
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? Father's Day 2013 the answer is no.
Tod Johnson Resident's Viewpoint Over the past two weeks there have been varying viewpoints on why class ranking at East Ridge is an important component of competition among students. While I appreciate the unique perspectives that have been provided, I am compelled to write a significantly different viewpoint as a parent and former college graduate arguing that student rank is a meaningless statistic and has little to do with success or failure in the real world.
Power outages spilled into Saturday -- and possibly longer -- in Woodbury following the second consecutive night of intense storms. Xcel Energy reported nearly 1,500 customers in Woodbury were without power at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The utility company warned that restoration efforts would be prolonged due to the extent of the storms around the Twin Cities and beyond.