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.
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The Washington County hostage negotiation team, members of which worked for hours to remove 10 people from a deadly situation last year at the Red Roof Inn, received an award on Monday for their work. Three Woodbury police officers - detectives Jeff Zerwas, Chris Rheault and Michelle Frascone - were among Washington County SWAT hostage negotiators honored at the Special Operations Training Association Conference awards banquet in St. Cloud, Minn.
It's easy for fishermen to drift off into daydreams. For Woodbury native Matt Wiseman, one day spent wetting a line brought dreams of someday opening a bait shop. But after his life was turned upside-down last summer, those dreams were kicked-started into a vision he's now making his reality. The 2003 Woodbury High School graduate on April 1 will open Matt's Lucky Bait - a Lakeland-based shop that will outfit St. Croix River anglers with live bait and custom lures. The shop is located about two blocks from the river on St.
Torun Lindstrom loves to explain the etymology behind her name. If you put a space between the second and third letters in her first name, it spells out "to run." And if you drop the "G" in her middle name - Grace - you get "race." To run.
Woodbury never found its high-octane offense Wednesday in a 70-59 loss to Eden Prairie in the state 4A high school basketball tournament. "It's too bad that people didn't get to see our real team play," Woodbury head boys basketball coach Scott Swansson said after the game. The Royals struggled mightily from the field, connecting on just 33 percent of its shots and 61 percent of its free throws. Senior guard Diallo Powell led Woodbury's scoring attack with 19 points.
On occasion, Scott Swansson likes to crack wise. So when he deadpanned that Woodbury's March 13 Section 4AAAA championship win as "one of my top four wins ever," you can bet it meant one thing: it was the fourth such game that sent his Royals to state. This time, it was familiar foe Stillwater who fell to the Royals, 52-44 - one year after Woodbury dispatched Roseville in the section title game. Not everyone's reaction to the win was as tongue-in-cheek. "I couldn't ask for anything better," senior Woodbury forward Mario Franco said after the game. The 25-4 Royals on Saturday learned their
More than 20 customers narrowly escaped injury Saturday after a minivan slammed through the façade of Dorothy Ann Bakery. Steve Conway, who owns the bakery with his wife Joan, was there at the time of the crash.
The Woodbury Royals on Saturday learned their quarterfinal opponent in the state 4A basketball tournament will be Section 2AAAA champion Eden Prairie. The No. 4-seeded Royals will face the No. 5-seeded Eagles at noon Wednesday, March 20, at Target Center. Woodbury enters the game with a 25-4 record after topping Stillwater in the Section 4AAAA title game. Eden Prairie (21-8) gained a state berth after defeating section opponent Bloomington Jefferson. The winner of the quarterfinal match faces either No.
Woodbury built a solid lead and never looked back Wednesday on the way to its second consecutive trip to state, winning 52-44 over Stillwater in the Section 4AAAA championship. "I couldn't ask for anything better," senior Woodbury forward Mario Franco said after the game. The win sends the Royals to the 4A State Basketball Tournament, which begins Wednesday, March 20, at Target Center. Senior guard Renard Suggs led the way for Woodbury in the win with 21 points, including five 3-pointers.
The Royals are knocking on the door again. Woodbury, buoyed by Renard Suggs' 38 points, put itself one game from the state basketball tournament Saturday, March 9, with a 91-85 win over Mahtomedi at East Ridge High School. The Section 4AAAA semifinal win sets the table for a rubber-match game against Stillwater at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the section championship. Stillwater gained the section championship game on Saturday by upsetting No. 1-seeded Roseville.
The Royals advanced to the Section 4AAAA championship game for the second year in a row after a 91-85 win Saturday over Mahtomedi. Woodbury's Renard Suggs led all scorers in the section semifinal game at East Ridge, with 38 points against the 21-6 Zephyrs. The No.