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 political landscape in and around Woodbury is beginning to take shape with the election season about to kick into a higher gear. That began last week when Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, announced plans to move to Woodbury, where he plans to run in the new Senate District 53. Redrawn lines in his current home district left him competing with current Sen. Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake. "As an incumbent, it places friends in the same districts.
It's not a matter of whether Woodbury can find money to pay for an expansion at its signature Bielenberg Sports Center. It's a question of where the city can get the best deal. Right now city leaders are banking on a bill at the Legislature that would change state law just for Woodbury.
It wasn't a bad week for Rickey Suggs. The lead-up to one big accomplishment led to the discovery of another for the Woodbury senior. While compiling information to be submitted to play in the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association All Star Game - for which Suggs was selected - his family had to send in his total points. The actual number was an unknown at the time, since he transferred to Woodbury as a junior after his previous school, St.
A teenager accused of selling drugs on East Ridge High School grounds was sentenced last month to 60 days in jail. Erik D. Flanders, 19, was convicted and sentenced Feb. 21 on one count fifth-degree marijuana sales, a felony. Two more severe charges - third-degree narcotics sales and fourth-degree marijuana sales in a school zone - were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. The case was settled in January, just as it was about to go to jury trial. In addition to the jail time, 10th District Court Judge Mary Hannon sentenced Flanders to five years on probation and a $185 fine.
Sen. Ted Lillie is coming to Woodbury. The Republican lawmaker who learned two weeks ago that new political boundaries had placed him in a contested district with another senator, announced today that he intends to run in the new Senate District 53, which comprises all of Woodbury. The decision means Lillie, a freshman legislator from Lake Elmo, must take up residence in the new district. He said that effort is already under way.
Tucked inside a row of small businesses just off Woodbury Drive, the Harper & Peterson law firm doesn't draw much attention. That's just the way the firm's two top lawyers like it. "We've got a quiet presence in Woodbury," said Paul Peterson, who along with Bill Harper, is a founding partner of the firm. However, their work last year on a major case made a lot of noise in Minnesota's law community. The firm was honored at a Feb.
An Afton man is accused of burglarizing a garage on Monday in hopes of stealing spare parts to fix the truck he had just crashed while driving drunk. Washington County prosecutors on Tuesday charged Zachary R. Zimmerman, 24, with third-degree burglary - a felony - and one count of driving under the influence. He was released Wednesday on $12,000 bail, the conditions of which prohibit him from possessing firearms. Police were called at 7:45 p.m. Monday by a St.
A man accused of leading Woodbury police on a foot chase after ditching a stolen vehicle was sentenced this month in Washington County District Court. The Feb. 10 sentence calls for Dexter Jefferson Jr., 19, to spend 100 days in jail and spend five years on probation. The St. Paul resident was convicted in October 2011 of receiving stolen property, a felony. A felony auto theft charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. The sentence called for a 13-month prison sentence to be stayed, provided Jefferson abides probationary terms, which include paying $1,400 in restitution.
A gang member who admitted to stealing the window out of a vehicle in Woodbury was convicted and sentenced on a burglary charge this month. Yia Chang, 19, was sentenced Feb. 13 to 180 days in jail for his role in the case. The sentence also calls for him to spend five years on probation. Chang and another man, Cottage Grove resident Chee Yang - both confessed members of the True Blood Asian 22 street gang - were arrested in connection with a 2010 Woodbury burglary.
Motivated by an effort to ouster incumbents, a Woodbury man plans to run for Congress. Ron Seiford is currently collecting signatures to run as a Republican in the 4th Congressional District. The district, which now stretches into Woodbury following the release of new political boundaries, could pit Seiford against incumbent Betty McCollum, DFL-St. Paul. Seiford, a 42-year-old financial adviser, originally planned to challenge U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., until she announced plans to run in the new 6th Congressional District.