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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Sore mouths for blocks. That's what awaited David Ugai every morning for much of the last year - impoverished residents from the west African country of Guinea lined up in the streets to receive free dental care. Ugai, a Woodbury native, took the job straight out of dental school, bypassing lucrative job possibilities to live with three other people in a cramped cabin aboard a ship docked in Guinea, where he worked with an organization that provided free dentistry to the country's residents in need.
Area Fourth of July celebrations Woodbury When: 7 p.m. Where: Ojibway Park bandshell, 2695 Ojibway Drive What: Live music by 8 Foot 4, food sales and fireworks will begin at dusk Afton When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: St. Croix Trail South and Afton Town Square Park, St.
Woodbury saw temperatures in the high 80s for most of last week, and for many the weather called for one thing - the beach. Residents came out in droves to Carver Lake Beach where beachgoers could be found enjoying everything from swimming, volleyball, playing in the sand, picnics and generally just having fun in the sun. Carver Lake Beach is located in Carver Lake Park at 3175 Century Avenue South. The 150-acre natural resource-based park includes woods, steep lakeshore bluffs and a 40-acre deep lake.
A Woodbury resident reported June 11 that a Military Road home was burglarized. Stolen items included two laptop computers ($900 total), a tablet reader, a 1973 class ring valued at $500 and a watch. There were signs of forced entry. No suspects. A resident in the 5900 block of Fawn Trail Circle reported June 11 that a man came to her door asking about “Beesels.” The woman hadn’t heard of that name and called police. Police were dispatched June 12 to a fight in Woodbury.
Woodbury High School graduate Lamonte Edwards has been dismissed from the University of Minnesota football team. Paul Rovnak, associate director of athletic communications for the Gophers football team, confirmed Edwards was dismissed from the team for “violating team rules.” Rovnak did not disclose what the infraction was and offered no further comment.
Two juveniles were arrested this week in connection with a series of daylight burglaries in Woodbury. The suspects, male teenagers from Woodbury, were arrested on suspicion of burglary. The boys were linked to five residential burglaries in the Stonemill Farms neighborhood and at least five thefts from automobiles since June 10, according to Michelle Okada, public information officer for the Woodbury Public Safety Department. Residents were home in at least two of the incidents. “Residents should use this as a good reminder to close garage doors, lock doors, and don’t leave keys an
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