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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Jean Sanford is fired up about voter ID. "This is a hot-button issue for me," the St. Paul woman said, calling it "the most important campaign I've ever worked on." She and more than 100 other people attended a Woodbury forum Tuesday that tackled issues including voter ID - and provided evidence that the effort to require voters to provide state-issued identification could be among the most divisive issues lawmakers will face this legislative session. The meeting drew heckles and sharp comments from some attendees.
Two men allegedly wielded weapons late last month in separate Woodbury road rage incidents. The first road-rage incident spilled over into a Woodbury fast-food parking lot, where a man allegedly smacked another motorist's vehicle with his cane. According to a police report, a Maplewood man was attempting to exit onto County Road 19 from Interstate 94 when his vehicle was cut off by a minivan. The Maplewood man was able to get in front of the minivan and observed the passenger - a River Falls, Wis., man - waving his middle finger and "shaking his cane" at him.
The natural world took a step inside last weekend in Woodbury. The Collectors Corner program brought together local children with Science Museum of Minnesota volunteers Saturday for a unique connection. The Family Science Day program offered several stations scattered throughout Woodbury's Central Park, where children got a hands-on experience with different facets from the natural world. At the stations, kids learned how to identify and replicate animal tracks, how to categorize different elements from the outdoors and how to identify geometric shapes in the natural world.
Mark Wackerfuss has his sights trained on the Minnesota Capitol. The Woodbury Democrat announced last week that he will be seeking the Democratic endorsement for House District 56B - the seat currently occupied by Rep. Andrea Kieffer, R-Woodbury. Wackerfuss said while it's likely the district will take on a new look once updated House and Senate district lines are released, he intends to serve the Woodbury area - no matter the complexion of the new political landscape. The St.
Just weeks after hockey injuries left two Minnesota prep athletes seriously injured on the ice, state officials announced a change in rules that stiffens penalties for certain hockey hits. The Minnesota State High School League's board of directors on Friday approved immediate changes to hockey policies governing dangerous contact. Local coaches expressed support for the change, saying it sends a positive message that safety is priority in prep sports. "As long as it's enforced, then that's great," said Woodbury boys hockey coach Wes Bolin.
A 21-year-old house guest who authorities said took advantage of a Woodbury family's hospitality by stealing valuables was sentenced to jail time. Oakdale resident Chad Giguere was sentenced Dec. 29 to 34 days in jail and five years on probation for a felony theft conviction. Washington County prosecutors alleged Giguere had spent the night at a Woodbury house where jewelry, an iPod, movies and video games were later found missing.
A Lake Elmo school was put on lock-down this morning while Washington County authorities searched for a potentially armed man suspected in an attempted theft incident. The lock-down was later lifted at Oak-Land Junior High, according to a 9:29 a.m.
Add another to the list. Burglars struck again Sunday - the latest in a long string of break-ins to Woodbury businesses - and made off with another safe. The burglary to Tailor Made Nutrition, 8160 Coller Way, occurred two days before Woodbury police released photos of possible suspects. The photos, gleaned from surveillance video taken during a Christmas Eve break-in at neighboring Elite Liquor, reveal four male suspects all wearing hoods. Police believe the same group of people is responsible for numerous business burglaries that have occurred around the city for more than a month.
Federal agents removed items from a home Tuesday in Woodbury's Dancing Waters development. Woodbury police confirmed that local officers assisted in the execution of a federal search warrant at 8 a.m. at a residence in the 10000 block of Waters Edge Lane. A man wearing a shirt with a U.S. Treasury emblem on it declined to reveal any details of the search and referred all inquiries to a public information officer. Vicki Petricka, public information officer for the criminal investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service, said information is not public at this time.