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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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.
The second power outage in less than 24 hours -- this one brought about by an overnight thunderstorm that packed high winds -- left more than 1,000 Woodbury customers without power on Friday morning. According to Xcel Energy's outage map, the highest cluster of outages was grouped around neighborhoods surrounding the Valley Creek Road-Radio Drive intersection.
Thousands of Woodbury residents were without power this afternoon. According to Xcel Energy, a power outage affecting Woodbury, Afton and St. Paul was affecting 6,118 customers. The outage began at 3:31 p.m. Thursday, according to Xcel. Power was expected to be restored by 5:01 p.m., according to the utility company. A call seeking information about the outage was not immediately returned.
A Woodbury woman was in critical condition following a two-vehicle crash Thursday that also sent three other people to the hospital. The woman, an 81-year-old traveling in a Ford Taurus, was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul in critical condition.
Driftwood isn't just debris to Tom Bray. When the Woodbury man's imagination processes the pieces as he handles them, he begins to see figures: an eagle, a dragon, a fish. "It's amazing what you can see in wood," Bray said Thursday, June 13, on the opening day of a display of his work at the Merrill Community Arts Center's Rivertown Campus.