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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A Twin Cities woman accused of pocketing health care payments for elderly and vulnerable adult patients in Woodbury was sentenced last month to 30 days in jail and to pay restitution. The woman, Sunny May Bloomquist, pleaded guilty in December 2011 to one count of felony theft. She was accused of depositing more than $24,000 in funds for home-nursing care into her personal checking account. In addition to the jail and restitution, Bloomquist was ordered at the April 19 sentencing hearing to serve seven years on probation.
The man in charge of counting votes in the Minnesota Senate said the compromise Vikings stadium bill will make its way to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk. Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Woodbury, who serves as majority whip for the Senate GOP caucus, said he expects there will be enough votes to pass the final draft of the bill through the chamber. The bill earlier this week passed in both the House and the Senate, though there were differences between the two bills. Those differences were ironed out overnight by House and Senate conferees, who produced the compromise legislation.
Chris Hofacker could have just packed it in. Cut from an elite traveling baseball team as a 14-year-old, he was understandably disappointed. But then a thought occurred to him: what's keeping me from starting my own team? A year later, the Woodbury High School student had done just that. He had reached out to friends, parents and fellow players, and devised his own team that came to be known as the Minnesota Classic. The effort required more than a little convincing and trust-building. "What kind of parent is going to hand a 15-year-old kid a check for $1,500?" Hofacker said. The answer?
A Woodbury man seeking a seat in Congress isn't letting a loss at last month's endorsing convention slow his campaign efforts. Ron Seiford, a Republican candidate in the 4th Congressional District, said he will continue on to the August primary election. Seiford was defeated April 21 by Anthony Hernandez, who received the district's delegates' support to run against U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, DFL-St. Paul. Hernandez, a St. Paul businessman, was elected "overwhelmingly" on the first round of voting, said Minnesota Republican Party spokeswoman Heather Rubash.
A St. Paul man found walking around a Woodbury neighborhood at 1:30 a.m. had one story for the first person who stopped him.
Woodbury came out on top Friday over rival East Ridge in a textbook pitchers' duel. The Royals won 1-0, improving their Suburban East Conference record to 4-5 - the same conference record as the Raptors fell to after the loss. Woodbury pitcher Noah Danner threw a three-hit performance in the complete game win. "He threw strikes, just like our guy," East Ridge coach Brian Sprout said, referring to Raptors' starting pitcher Andy Kemper. Woodbury scored the game's lone run in the bottom of the fifth when senior Joe Wood ripped a fastball up the middle, scoring Ryan Scanlon. "That was a big R
Two rivals battling for position in the Suburban East Conference will square off Friday at Royals Stadium. The matchup pits Woodbury against District 833 rival East Ridge - two teams that have struggled this season to find consistency in the win column. What's at stake In a word, momentum. East Ridge comes off a two-game win streak, having beaten Roseville and Park this week at home.
Gov. Mark Dayton's signature paved the way for a new cancer treatment center in Woodbury. Woodwinds Health Campus will be a direct beneficiary of a bill - signed into law Monday by Dayton - that will eventually lift a moratorium on radiation treatment centers in the Twin Cities. "We're very pleased that this legislation's been passed and signed," said Roger Green, vice president of strategy, policy, marketing and communications at HealthEast Care System.
A Woodbury house received heavy interior fire damage Monday after flames swept through the main level of the home. Woodbury firefighters were called at about 3:13 p.m. for a house fire at 8697 Pheasant Run Road.
A Woodbury teenager accused of documenting a burglary he committed on cellphone video made his first court appearance this month in Washington County District Court. The suspect, Paul T. Harrington, was charged in March with two counts of second-degree burglary - felony charges that each carry maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Harrington was arrested Dec.