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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The clouds lifted last week for a celebration. After a week where gloomy weather seemed to be the rule, the cover of gray gave way to a burst of sunshine just as hundreds gathered Friday, June 7, at East Ridge High School for the annual Relay for Life of South Washington County. Woodbury teenager Zach Netten kicked off festivities with speech as the 2013 honorary cancer survivor. The East Ridge High School freshman described the lessons he learned during cancer treatment, which saw his hair fall out in clumps. "I quickly found out that we spend a lot of the time thinknig about how we look
A woman staying at Woodbury's Extended Stay America was arrested last week after the passenger of the vehicle she was driving was found with multiple gunshot wounds. According to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, officers responded May 21 to a report of a medical situation on Highway 5 near Highway 36. The vehicle, driven by a 20-year-old woman, contained passenger Vy Lai Yang, 37, of St. Paul, who was found with "multiple gunshot wounds to the lower part of his body," the release states. Yang was taken to Regions Hospital in St.
A Woodbury woman was charged with child neglect after allegedly leaving her three kids home alone while she attended a baseball game. According to a criminal complaint, police were dispatched at 6:49 a.m.
Kinsey Philips made herself a promise in junior high. She enrolled in an honors-level physical science class - one that classmates had warned her was rigorous and taught by a no-nonsense teacher. It was no easy "A." The promise? "I would beat the odds," the Woodbury High School senior said. The class became a life changer, where she caught the science bug that continues to live with her today. "It was a real hands-on class," Philips said.
Woodbury's high schools will be well represented at the state Class AA track meet. The fleet-footed East Ridge girls team took second place at the Section 4AA meet on Thursday, May 28 at Stillwater Area High School.
Eddie Liu admits he's something of a perfectionist. "I haven't gotten an A-minus yet," the Woodbury High School senior said during his final month of school. He said it's that level of dedication to academics that led him to be named WHS' Class of 2013 valedictorian. "It's a great honor to be valedictorian - to represent the class at graduation," said the 17-year-old who compiled a 4.3399 grade-point average. Liu credited hard work for his academic success - especially in rigorous science courses - but admitted he often relies on last-minute cram sessions. "I tend to procrastinate," Liu s
With baseball season now in full swing, a Woodbury man is out to remind fans about a largely forgotten aspect of the game in Minnesota: the accomplishments of black ballplayers. "It's a very hidden story," said Frank White, curator of the exhibit "They Played for the Love of the Game, Adding to the Legacy of Minnesota Black Baseball." The exhibit, which goes on display throughout June at Woodbury's R.H.
Authorities say a college student used his smartphone to record two pre-teen girls inside a changing room last month in Woodbury. Caleb David Wolfgram, 24, of Columbus, Minn., was charged May 23 with three felony counts stemming from the allegations, each accusing him of interfering with privacy. According to a criminal complaint, police were summoned after two 11-year-old girls reported seeing a white iPhone appear under the door of a changing room they were both inside at The Gap at Woodbury Lakes shopping center.
Community members joined veterans of all stripes Monday to commemorate Memorial Day at the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial. The event, which included traditional laying-of-the-wreath and three-volley gun salute ceremonies, stirred memories of war from keynote speaker William B. Mozey Jr., a retired lieutenant colonel in the army. The veteran recalled stories from the Vietnam War and remarked on the bond that is formed among soldiers in combat. That bond transcends race and creed, he said. "We are really decent, great people," Mozey told the crowd.
Teamwork was the name of the game at an inaugural meeting for east metro transit proponents last week in St. Paul. The meeting represented the kickoff of the East Metro Transit Alliance, whichbleaders said will aim to buoy transit projects in and around St. Paul.. Attendees were encouraged to band together through the alliance in an effort to garner federal and state transportation dollars for transit projects -- and the economic development they hope will be spurred by new rail and bus lines. "The west metro is eating our lunch," St.