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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Fire destroyed the second Woodbury home in less than a week in an overnight blaze on Woodbury Drive. Four people at the home at 4540 Woodbury Drive were displaced as a result of the fire, firefighters said. All residents escaped without injury. Firefighters responded at 1:26 a.m. Thursday to 4540 Woodbury Drive for a house fire report. Todd Johnson, Woodbury's fire chief and deputy public safety director, said first responders arrived to find fire in the roof.
Firefighters were able to save a portion of a house and two pets in a Sunday blaze on Timberlea Drive. Crews responded at 2:20 p.m. to 2526 Timberlea Drive, where a passerby spotted smoke and flames near the home's front door. Woodbury Fire Department Cmdr. John Wallgren said the fire had spread to an attached garage and up into the home's rafters after running through the eaves. "They did a quick exterior offensive attack," he said. "That's something that we actually put emphasis on in our training this year.
Woodbury's cross-town rivalry lived up to its billing Friday night. An apparent laugher at one point with Woodbury up 22 points at the half, the Raptors chiseled away in the second half on its way to 72-67 home victory. East Ridge improved its overall record to 6-1 with the win and moved into first place in the Suburban East Conference at 2-0.
Washington County prosecutors alleged a man took aim at a female friend with a hammer at her Woodbury home. Marshall E. Bullis, 27, Lake St. Croix Beach, was charged Dec. 7 with one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of terroristic threats - both felonies. According to a criminal complaint, Woodbury police were summoned Dec.
Hank Freeman remembers Andy Sommer's first year at Woodbury High School. As temperatures dipped into the 40s by October, Freeman found the California transplant bundled up in warm clothes, his neck wrapped in a muffler. Though the weather took adjusting, Freeman said it didn't take long for Sommer to warm to the school - and vice versa. "He was just wonderful," the WHS teacher said of her friend and colleague who died Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the age of 54 after a battle with cancer.
The Gateway Corridor Commission last week approved a $1 million bonding request to fund the initial stages of a plan that aims to construct a high-speed bus passageway through Woodbury. Gateway Corridor officials couched the request as a "down payment" for the bus-rapid transit project that is estimated to cost more than $400 million. Plans call for a dedicated corridor through Woodbury for a high-speed bus line that would stretch from St.
Company officials said no staffing changes were expected following a major sale last week at one of Woodbury's largest employers. American International Group (AIG) announced Monday, Dec. 3, that it acquired Woodbury Financial Services from The Hartford.
Not so long ago, Bryce Madsen had his doubts. He spotted a photo of a youth Muscular Dystrophy Association ambassador and said, "That'll never be me," his mother, Kelly Madsen recalled. How wrong he was. The 10-year-old Woodbury resident was treated to a major surprise today when he was named the 2013 Minnesota Statewide Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) of Minnesota. MDA officials arrived Thursday morning at Bailey Elementary, where Bryce is in fifth grade, and presented him with the distinction during class.
Music takes a high priority at the Nelson household. Instruments at the Woodbury home include a grand piano and a didgeridoo - the Australian aboriginal wind instrument that emits a wobbling bass sound. However, the most notable sounds in the house come from the Nelsons' four sons - all of whom are members of the renowned Minnesota Boychoir. The Nelson brothers, along with a family from Shoreview, represent the largest family contingent with four brothers apiece in the 150-boy choir. "Such a unique experience and opportunity to have all four boys from one family as members of the Minnesota
State dollars for a bus-rapid transit system through Woodbury would begin flowing as soon as this year under a proposal being considered this week by a transportation panel. The Gateway Corridor Commission is expected to vote at its Thursday, Dec. 13, on a proposal for Washington County to request $1 million in borrowed funds from the state. According to a commission memo, the funding would go toward preliminary engineering work. The memo states the request is based on "bond-eligible" work to begin no earlier than 2014.