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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A Twin Cities man who admitted to running a cell-phone scam that came to an end in Woodbury must repay thousands of dollars as part of a sentence he received earlier this month. Tucker McDowell, 22, was ordered to repay $4,020 to his former employer, AT&T, during a Dec. 1 hearing where he was convicted and sentenced. The Bloomington man must also spend five years on probation, 10th District Court Judge Gregory Galler ordered. If McDowell fails to abide terms of probation, the judge could impose a 13-month prison sentence.
Tom DeGree recalled growing up in a Democratic family surrounded by Republican neighbors. Despite political differences, everyone seemed to get along, he said. "I grew up in a place where people compromised," the Lake Elmo man said. DeGree, a fourth-grade teacher and Minneapolis café owner, said he hopes to carry that sense of cooperation to the Minnesota House during an event Thursday when he announced his candidacy for House District 56A. Reading from a statement, DeGree remarked on Republicans' "refusal to compromise." "We can do better than this," he said.
WOODBURY, Minn. -- A movement is afoot to lure a Woodbury woman into a permanent position as the Minnesota Republican Party leader. A push has begun to encourage Kelly Fenton to run for the party's chairmanship. Fenton is serving as interim chairwoman while the party waits to elect a permanent replacement for Tony Sutton, who abruptly quit the position Dec.
A convicted felon from St. Paul was arrested last month after allegedly attempting to sell guns out of his car at a Woodbury business. Richard A. Woods, 28, was charged Nov. 17 with one count of felony firearms possession. The state prohibits people convicted of violent crimes from possessing firearms. Woods had been convicted in 2003 of a third-degree drug crime, which the state considers a crime of violence. Police were alerted to Woods' presence Nov. 16 in the Gander Mountain parking lot on Hudson Road after a report of a man trying to sell guns there. Woodbury police met with a St.
A former housekeeper convicted of stealing jewelry from a Woodbury home must repay thousands of dollars as part of a Washington County judge's sentence. The woman, Barbara Jo Parks, of Inver Grove Heights, was sentenced Nov. 18 to 40 days in jail and five years on probation. The sentence, issued by 10th District Court Judge John Hoffman, also calls for Parks to repay more than $20,000 in restitution.
A major transportation project that could involve high-speed transit options running through Woodbury received a monetary shot in the arm today. The Counties Transit Improvement Board announced Wednesday that the Gateway Corridor project received $2.1 million in grant funding. The funding is slated to go toward development of an environmental impact statement. Members of the Gateway Corridor Commission have been studying numerous transit options as they look to solve projected traffic congestion problems along Interstate 94 between the Twin Cities and Eau Claire, Wis.
Andrew Busskohl, the Woodbury man who authorities say would have carried out a murder if a friend hadn't intervened, lost his appeal to a court ruling that placed him indefinitely at a state mental hospital. A Minnesota appeals court decided Dec.
ST. PAUL - Kelly Fenton's new office affords a clear view of the Minnesota Capitol building. The future of all she oversees from that perch isn't quite as clear. The interim chairwoman for the Minnesota Republican Party settled into to her quarters last week and took the helm - temporarily, at least - of an organization fraught with financial difficulties and uncertain leadership. Fenton, a Woodbury resident, assumed the post Dec. 3 - one day after then-Chairman Tony Sutton abruptly resigned.
Holiday cheer was on display and on the march last weekend in Woodbury. Saturday at Valley Creek Mall, hundreds of people stood in line, where children waited patiently to sit on Santa Claus' lap. They were greeted at the door by two reindeer that children were able to pet and look on with curiosity. Later in the day, patients and staff at Woodwinds Health Campus were greeted with a unique taste of holiday cheer. A group of Klondike Kates - women crooners bestowed with the annual title during St.
A man suspected in dozens of mail theft incidents around Woodbury and Oakdale is in police custody. The suspect, a 20-year-old St. Paul man, was arrested late Sunday in St. Anthony following a traffic stop, said Woodbury Police Commander Jay Alberio. The man, whose name was not immediately released by authorities, was allegedly found in possession with "a large quantity of mail" - including some from Woodbury - inside his car, Alberio said. Authorities had been alerted to the suspect's description. Alberio said the man was placed under arrest after the St.