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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ELLSWORTH, WIS. — A Minnesota man was sentenced last week in the case of a fatal 2013 St. Croix River boat crash that left his friend dead. Patrick Puhalla, 49, of Bayport, was sentenced Aug.
ELLSWORTH, Wis. -- A Minnesota man who was at the helm of his boat when it crashed into the rocky shoreline of the St. Croix River killing one of his passengers in 2013 has pleaded guilty in Pierce County District Court. The deceased served as harbormaster at Windmill Marina in Afton. Patrick A.
A Cottage Grove man appeared in court this month on allegations that he loaded a trailer with furniture stolen from a model home in Woodbury. Joseph Steven Anderson, 29, made...
A Woodbury teenager accused of passing along drugs that led to the overdose death of a Woodbury High School classmate in 2014 pleaded guilty Friday to a drug possession charge...
It feels a little bit like a time warp sitting down in a booth at the new Ze’s Diner in Woodbury – almost like if you’re not wearing bobby socks and poodle skirts or leather jackets, you’re not dressed for dinner. But Ze’s Diner is very much a diner for 2015. It’s got bright, strong colors, a menu that has a little bit of everything, and a staff who are happy to be part of Woodbury. In the few short weeks it’s been open, Ze’s is quickly attracting the attention of both the young and the old. Owner Moody Arafa opened Ze’s Diner on Jan. 20.
A legislative panel is looking to take a deep dive into the scope of a governmental agency that oversees a range of metro issues, from transit to housing and redevelopment. The House Subcommittee on Metropolitan Council Accountability and Transparency, launched Jan.
A Woodbury teenager accused of shooting an East Ridge High School classmate during a drug deal entered a guilty plea last month in the case. James Colby Dudley, 17, pleaded...
The cakes have arrived. Doors opened today at Nadia Cakes, a cupcake shop located at 429 Commerce Drive. The shop will be managed by Erin Campbell, winner of Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship.” Nadia Cakes owner Abby Jimenez also appeared on the Food Network, where she won the Rose Bowl episode on “Cupcake Wars.” The shop will hold a grand opening on Feb. 21.
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Police were called Jan. 13 to the Red Roof Inn,...
A 12-year prison sentence was stayed for an Afton man convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Jerald Alan Simpson, 55, was sentenced to a year in jail, but will get...