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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Garrison Keillor used his familiar Minnesota voice as a rallying cry Monday, July 16, for local Democrats. The host of "A Prairie Home Companion" leaned hard on his Minnesota roots as he urged activists from Senate District 53 to help defeat Republican opponents in the fall. Keillor, who led a parade of high-profile Democrats - including Jim Klobuchar, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and State Auditor Rebecca Otto - kicked off his speech at the District 53 "DFL Unity Picnic" by describing the route he enjoys taking when descending into the Twin Cities on airplane flights. The 69-year-old li
Prison time was ordered last month for a man suspected of stealing two motorcycles in one day in Woodbury. James Barnett Jr. was sentenced June 27 to 21 months in prison for a felony theft conviction stemming from the case. Barnett was accused of stealing two motorcycles, each valued at about $10,000 apiece, from neighboring locations in Woodbury. A criminal complaint states Woodbury police received two reports Aug. 29, 2011, of motorcycle thefts - one occurring in the 1600 block of Century Circle and one from the 1500 block of Parkwood Drive.
The Woodbury Blue Legion team was riding a wave of rock-solid pitching as the season enters the halfway mark. Woodbury was tripped up, however, on Monday, July 9, in a road game at East Ridge.
A case that prosecutors said is emblematic of the hazards of sharing information online has led to jail time and thousands in fines for a Woodbury man. A Washington County district court judge on June 22 sentenced Woodbury resident Timothy Noirjean to 150 days in jail, five years on probation and more than $15,000 in fines. Noirjean, 27, pleaded guilty in March to 13 counts of electronic identity theft. He was accused of posing as a Facebook friend to an Oakdale woman and hacking her information - and information belonging to her friends.
A bicyclist was hospitalized Friday afternoon with minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle at Queens Drive and Valley Creek Road in Woodbury. The crash, which occurred at 4:33 p.m., involved a 37-year-old male bicyclist from St. Paul and a 49-year-old female Woodbury motorist. Woodbury police Sgt. Dave Brennan said all reports from witnesses were that the vehicle was proceeding on a green light.
Firefighters suspect a knocked-over candle was responsible for a fire that completely destroyed an Afton home early Friday. No residents or firefighters were hurt in the residential structure fire, located at 1171 Manning Ave. S. Capt. Dave Schneider of the Lower St.
Woodbury police say a man on parole from a 20-year prison sentence was behind a burglary to a local business. Washington County prosecutors charged St. Paul resident Perry York with one count of third-degree burglary. The charge stems from a break-in reported Jan. 8 at Tailor Made Nutrition on Coller Way. The burglary came during a string of business break-ins that Woodbury police said was likely perpetrated by a group of men. Woodbury Police Cmdr.
A 23-year-old man who allegedly used a sultry proposition to make off with a Woodbury woman's belongings was sent to prison last month. Andrew Michael Lepley was sentenced June 22 to 15 months in prison on a felony theft conviction. He pleaded guilty to the charge in August 2011. He was accused of stealing a woman's television and other belongings after proposing to shower with her. Lepley, of Minneapolis, was charged with one theft count following a Feb.
Fire. Mud. Tall walls. Obstacles that would make most people turn away lured thousands of brave runners who headed to the hills of Afton Alps Ski Area Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, for the Warrior Dash race. The race consisted of a three-mile course littered with 12 obstacles, including a rappelling line, a military crawl, a rope climb, a fire jump and a mud crawl. Many runners took their time tackling the challenges and Afton Alps' hilly terrain. Others gave it their all throughout the race; one runner on Sunday completed the race in just under 24 minutes.
It's game over for three St. Paul men accused of stealing from Woodbury's Walmart. The men, who allegedly participated in the theft of four video game consoles in May, were charged this month with felonies stemming from the incident. The men, Tramar R. Valentine, 23, Evans Ohene, 21, and Jamarr J.