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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A great year for Scott Swansson just got better. The Woodbury High School basketball coach was named co-coach of the year in Class AAAA by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association. He and Osseo coach Tim Theisen shared in the honor. When asked to comment on the award, Swansson displayed his trademark sense of humor. "I wonder who the heck votes for that stuff," he said by phone while on vacation in Arizona.
A Woodbury teenager faces a felony assault charge after allegedly sucker punching another teen at a Cottage Grove party. Jacy C. Dow, 18, appeared March 19 at a Washington County District Court bail hearing on a charge of third-degree assault.
Senators today passed a bill that would clear the way for Woodwinds Health Campus to expand its cancer treatment care. The bill, which passed 52-8 on the Senate floor, calls for a moratorium governing the construction and movement of radiation to be temporarily in lifted in Woodbury. The legislation allows chemotherapy equipment to be moved from St. John's Hospital in Maplewood to Woodwinds. Both hospitals are part of the HealthEast organization. A House version of the bill received its second reading on Monday, paving the way for possible passage in that chamber. Sen.
Police were looking at a Woodbury teenager last week as a suspect in a residential burglary involving an occupied residence. The suspect, a 16-year-old male, has not been charged in the case, said Woodbury police Investigative Sgt. Brett Billmeyer. He said the teen denied involvement in the burglary, which remains under investigation. Officers were called at 11:27 p.m. March 20 to a home in the 1700 block of Sheffield Drive for a possible burglary in progress. The caller reported hearing movement and doors shutting. When police arrived, a suspect was spotted in the area.
An Oakdale man is making the Democratic endorsement for Senate District 53 a contest. John Becker, a musical composer who worked for more than 21 years as a publishing firm editor, announced late Monday that he will seek the DFL endorsement for the seat. The new Senate District 53 seat includes all of Woodbury, Landfall and portions of Maplewood and Oakdale. "The citizens in the 53rd District have not been adequately represented in the Legislature the past two years," Becker said in a new release. "I plan to change that.
The race is on in House District 53A. A Woodbury woman announced today that she is seeking the Democratic endorsement to run in the district against Republican Pam Cunningham. JoAnn Ward, a Woodbury resident since 1974, said in a news release that she will tap experience in education, business, state agency work and social service leadership in her run for the seat. Ward's announcement comes less than a week before Senate District 53 delegates convene in Oakdale to endorse their candidates for the Legislature.
The field of local GOP candidates planning to run for legislative seats is set. That slate was finalized Saturday at Woodbury High School, where Republican delegates gave their blessing to three candidates: Sen. Ted Lillie, Rep.
A flurry of activity punctuated the run-up to next weekend's Senate District 53 DFL endorsing convention. The latest development occurred Saturday, when Rep.
A Woodbury woman who first eyed a legislative seat late last year announced Friday that she will seek the Democratic endorsement to run in House District 53B. Ann Marie Metzger said through a news release that she will file amended paperwork with the state to run in the newly drawn district, which encompasses the eastern two-thirds of Woodbury. Metzger last year filed to run in House District 56A, currently represented by Rep. Kathy Lohmer.
Formal charges were filed this month against a Woodbury man accused of possessing more than 35 pounds of marijuana, along with other drugs in his Upper Afton Road residence. Frank A. Santovi Jr. was charged March 14 with three felonies: first-degree cocaine possession, third-degree marijuana possession and a tax-related drug crime. Santovi was released from Washington County jail Monday on a $100,000 bond. He was first arrested Dec. 29, 2011, after members of a joint drug task force - acting on a tip - executed a search warrant at his residence.