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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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.
A Woodbury woman and former PTA leader announced Thursday that she will seek the Democratic endorsement in Senate District 53. According to a news release, Susan Kent will challenge for the post, which is open.
Woodwinds Health Campus officials are hoping an exception request at the state Capitol will lead to expanded cancer treatment at the Woodbury hospital. House lawmakers are expected to hear a bill this week that would temporarily lift a moratorium on radiation therapy facility expansion at Woodwinds. Hospital officials say the request, which would relocate existing equipment from St.
Woodbury took the top team in Minnesota to overtime Wednesday, but the combination of fouls and missed free throws eventually caught up to the underdogs in the quarterfinal round of the Class AAAA state tournament. After surviving under a second-half Woodbury surge, the three-time defending state champions proved the superior team in the critical overtime frame, winning 82-75. "We all know we played one heck of a regulation and fell short in overtime," said senior Woodbury forward Connor McKeen. Shot making - especially from the free-throw line - proved to be Woodbury's weakness.
An Afton man made his first court appearance this month on allegations that he recklessly shot off his shotgun inside city limits. Stephen F. Mahley, 43, was charged in December with one count of reckless discharge of a firearm within a municipality - a felony that carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. According to a criminal complaint: Washington County sheriff's deputies were called to Mahley's residence at 3:28 a.m. Dec.
An Oakdale woman who claimed drug use clouded memories of whether or not she stole from a car in Woodbury was spared a two-year prison term, but was sentenced to probation and jail for a theft conviction. Nicole Bremer, 30, was sentenced Feb. 17 by 10th District Court Judge Gregory Galler to 89 days in jail.