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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The full Legislature will vote this spring on new members of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, and a Woodbury man could be among those on the short list. Former Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel is one of 10 finalists vying for five seats on the board, which holds governing authority over the university’s mission, policies and fiduciary responsibility, among others. Candidates for the five seats will be culled from their respective congressional districts.
A Woodbury lawmaker wants more schools around the state to do their part in ensuring students stay active. A bill authored by Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, requires statewide physical education standards to be set for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The legislation faced its first hearing on Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Senate Education Committee, where supporters and critics testified. Kent said the bill aims to strengthen an existing law signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2010 that set out minimum physical education standards.
Six South Washington County School District teachers are in the running for Minnesota's top teaching award. Gina Tester, Lanka Liyanapathiranage, James Magee, Diane Munson, Colleen Redmond and Amanda Sage are...
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A South St. Paul man reported Jan. 6 that he...
The South Washington County School Board believes Superintendent Keith Jacobus has the district pointed in the right direction. That was the conclusion the board reached after a closed meeting Jan...
Fat bikes -- mountain bikes outfitted with oversized tires that easily traverse snowy trails -- flew on Sunday in Woodbury. Riders from around the area took part in the fourth-annual Catfish Cup race held at Carver Lake Park. Jesse Lalonde was the fastest male in the race, while April Morgan was the first-place female finisher. Full results from the race are posted here .
Emotions gushed from both sides of a packed courtroom Friday at a hearing for two men who admitted to selling the drugs that led to a Woodbury teenager’s death. Parents,...
Inez Oehlke has spent decades chronicling Woodbury’s history. Thanks to a recent award, however, she now has her own place in the history books. Oehlke, a 94-year-old lifelong Woodbury resident, was named the 2014 Citizen of the Year by the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce. Oehlke has served as the community’s resident historian – a role that Margaret Wachholz said she embraces warmly and executes tirelessly. “Oehlke fuses and ignites any meeting or group she’s asked to partake or speak at,” said Wachholz, campus marketing director at Woodbury Senior Living, where Oehlke resides.
One of Woodbury’s most long-standing community organizations will be honored today by the local business community. The Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Jan. 8, announced the Woodbury Lions Club as the winner of the 2014 Nonprofit of the Year award. The Lions will be among a slate of winners to be honored at the chamber’s Jan.
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Two men entered the Woodbury police station Dec. 23 to...