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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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.
An accused crack dealer and his alleged accomplice were arrested Wednesday after a Woodbury drug bust. The men, Danell Ceaser, of Minneapolis, and Dana Luellen Jr., of New Hope, were each charged Friday with felony cocaine-related charges. According to a criminal complaint, members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office received contact information for a cocaine dealer. Officers had the informant contact the person.
An alleged book thief's reign came to an end Tuesday in Woodbury. The woman, whose name was not released since she was not arrested, had been sought by authorities for numerous thefts from Twin Cities libraries, said Randy Gustafson, public information officer for the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office. She was apprehended by Woodbury police and Ramsey County deputies at R.H.
A woman and her two children were hospitalized Monday with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle at a Woodbury intersection. Woodbury police and firefighters responded at noon to reports of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash at Radio Drive and Central Park Place. The three victims were taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, according to a news release. Woodbury police Cmdr.
District 833's top boss is a finalist for a Florida superintendent job. Seminole County Public Schools, Fla., announced its three finalists for the position, which include Mark Porter, current superintendent of South Washington County Schools. Porter will interview Monday with the Seminole County School Board, according to that district's website. Seminole County School Board members are expected to decide on the candidate on Wednesday, a staff member said. "This position presents a unique opportunity for me to combine my professional experience and e
Magic has meaning for Brian Richards. The Twin Cities-based magician, who is performing at this month's Woodbury Community Expo, connects magic with education. "That moment (on stage) is to impact lives, versus just smiles and laughter," he said, adding that it is important to him "to make a difference - more than just entertainment." Richards brings his act to the stage from 10:20-10:50 a.m.
A juvenile female showed up at the Woodbury Middle School nurse's office last week with bruises on her body and a story of painful discipline. The girl, whose story was recounted to police by a school nurse, had allegedly been forced to hold a chair over her head for two hours while enduring beatings with a wooden spoon. Prosecutors later charged 26-year-old Ahavel Scherz with one count of malicious punishment of a child - a gross misdemeanor - and one count of misdemeanor domestic assault in connection with the allegations. According to a criminal complaint: The girl had been caught takin