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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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.
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.