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. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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Chris Toft came to the United States at age 14. That was 86 years ago. The Woodbury Senior Living resident turned 100 years old this year – a milestone he said “I never dreamed” of reaching. Toft grew up in Denmark, moving to the States as a youngster, where he, his mother and his six siblings joined his father, who left the country in hopes of finding a better life for his family. “I can still remember all that,” Toft said.
A Minnesota appeals court ruled last week that a jury’s decision will stand in a whistleblower case against Woodbury-based Globe University. Attorneys for Globe appealed two portions in the case involving former network dean Heidi Weber – that she didn’t make the case that her whistleblower claims represented protected conduct and that an argument for a new trial was incorrectly denied. The three-judge appeals court panel on Dec.
A man accused of a prolific burglary stretch spanning 13 metro cities allegedly made shops in Woodbury among his targets. The Woodbury Public Safety Department confirmed the suspect, 60-year-old Robert...
The Woodbury Fire Department is entering the home stretch of a 15-month process that will add a new fire truck to its fleet. Come April, the department will roll out its new custom-designed rescue engine. The $550,000 rig will be added to the Radio Drive station’s fleet, while two older trucks will be cycled out and sold or traded in. Fire department Cmdr.
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A complainant reported Nov. 25 that someone smashed out the window of her vehicle and stole her purse while it was parked at Central Park, 8595 Central Park Place. Other valuables had been secured in the car’s glove box. No suspects. Police were called Nov. 25 to Victoria’s Secret, 9020 Hudson Road, for a theft report. One man was witnessed stuffing 80 push-up bras into a bag, while another man served as a lookout.
A state judicial panel concluded that a property management firm’s placement of Woodbury City Council candidate lawn signs on corporate-owned property represented a campaign violation. Wellington Management was fined $100 as part of a court order issued Dec. 2 by a panel of administrative law judges.
Move over Gateway Corridor – get ready for the Gold Line. That is the name chosen for the 12-mile bus rapid-transit corridor that is planned to run between Woodbury and St. Paul’s Union Depot. The Gold Line announcement was made Tuesday, Dec.
Police were called at 8:10 a.m. Nov. 19 to East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, for a report of exhibition driving. Students were reportedly turning “donuts” in the parking lot. An officer later found evidence of the activity, but no suspects. A resident in the 1500 block of Parkwood Drive reported Nov. 19 that she heard gunshots coming from an apartment complex. Police investigated, but found no evidence of gunplay. Police responded Nov. 20 to Woodbury Middle School, 1425 School Drive, for an arson report.
Woodbury residents have been among those who have fallen victim to a scammer that authorities say is posing as a Washington County sheriff’s deputy over the phone. According to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office news release, the man purports to be a deputy and calls residents requesting they obtain a pre-paid credit card to pay a fine for an outstanding speeding ticket.
Two Indiana men accused of shuttling a 10-pound package of methamphetamine through Woodbury make their first court appearance this week in Washington County District Court. Indianapolis resident Andres Estrada Bernal, 25, was charged with one count of first-degree sale of narcotics and one count of first-degree drug possession.