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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Abdul Dire has a firm recollection of what it was like growing up in an Ethiopian village. You walked to school, usually a long distance. You were taught in a small building that didn't serve lunch.
Reuben Moll sat outside his garage Wednesday, just a few feet from the remains of the place he had called home since 1945. At age 91, the Afton man now enters a transitionary period: Moll must find a new place to live after his home was destroyed Tuesday by fire.
A man sentenced May 9 on two Woodbury-related convictions was charged the very next day with burglary. Darnell Steven Cox, 21, was charged May 10 with one count of third-degree burglary. He had been sentenced May 9 on Woodbury-related convictions for burglary and promoting prostitution. The latest charges allege Cox, of St.
Firefighters from multiple agencies, including Woodbury, responded to a house fire in Afton. According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, firefighters battled a blaze at a residence in the 1700 block of Majestic Pines Trail. A spokeswoman with the sheriff's office said there was no one home at the time of the fire, which was first reported at 12:51 p.m. The exact address was not released. Access to the area near the fire was still closed off at 4 p.m. A Washington County sheriff's deputy closed off access to the area beginning at 15th Street and Manning Avenue.
With any rough patches apparently smoothed over between District 833 and a neighboring preschool, Woodbury City Council members gave final approval Wednesday, May 23, for an addition at Liberty Ridge Elementary. The approval clears the way for construction on the $4.5 million construction project, which was sought by the district to solve an overcrowding problem at the school, located in the Stonemill Farms development. The expanded facility will provide space for up to 180 kindergarteners and 60 preschoolers, said Mike Vogel, District 833 assistant to the superintendent for operations.
Morris Bjornebo took a ride back in history last month. The Woodbury resident was chosen to participate in a trip to Washington, D.C., through the Honor Flight Network - a program that flies military veterans to the nation's capital to tour historic sites and memorials. "It's something he dreamed of for a long time and finally got to go," his wife, Phyllis, said. Bjornebo, a World War II veteran, was one of 100 veterans who flew out to Washington for the one-day trip.
Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of legislation containing a provision that would have benefited a Woodbury project isn't slowing momentum behind the effort, city officials said. "It's definitely on task," Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said. Dayton struck down a tax bill that contained a provision that would have granted the city of Woodbury an exception from state law governing public referendums on sports facilities.
The developer and builder of a large-scale development once dubbed Woodbury's "city within a city" are being sued by association members who claim shoddy work threatens to doom the buildings long before their life expectancy. A trial originally set to begin this week involving five defendants - all involved in the development of residential units at CityWalk's English Manor Homes - has been postponed until October. According to online court records, the jury trial is now set for Oct.
Woodbury city officials recognized local business community leaders last week at an event where Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens gave a run-down of accomplishments in commerce. Jobs in Woodbury's education and health service sectors are on the uptick, Stephens told a gathering of local business owners Thursday at the city's Business Town Meeting, held at Central Park. The city, which Stephens noted holds one-quarter of all jobs in Washington County, will continue reaching out through a strategy relying heavily on promotion of the city as an attractive place to do business. "We want to continue
A new Minnesota Vikings stadium got the green light at the Capitol, despite a lack of support from Woodbury's three lawmakers. The bill, which was signed Monday by Gov. Mark Dayton after being passed last week by legislators, calls for the state to contribute $348 million toward the new stadium - which is to be built in the approximate footprint of the Metrodome - while the city of Minneapolis will pay $150 million.