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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Strict regulations on how to keep chickens in an Afton proposal were stripped away last week by Planning Commission members concerned with over-regulation. Afton Planning Commission on Monday, Oct. 3, whittled down a proposed ordinance allowing chickens on lots less than 5 acres. During the meeting, commissioners eliminated a proposed passage governing chicken coop standards. The provision called for specific height dimensions and construction standards to resist rodent infestation.
Would the 2011-12 Royals have it any way else? Up 31-24 with less than 20 seconds left in the Royals' homecoming game Friday night, Roseville marched up to the Woodbury 28 yard line threatening to tie.
The National Park Service announced Wednesday that the deaths of three Woodbury family members at Grand Canyon National Park might not have been accidental. According to a news release, preliminary investigation into the deaths of Anthony DeHaven and his two children, Jace and Jersey Dehaven, revealed the possibility of a murder-suicide. "It is important to note that these findings are preliminary and that additional investigation is ongoing," a Grand Canyon National Park news release stated. The investigation did not indicate the involvement of an unknown person, according to the release.
The Afton woman who was the driver in a 2010 Washington County crash that killed one of her passengers was sentenced last month to a year in jail. Alicia Rae Haupert, 21, was spared a four-year prison term in the case, where she was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide. She was sentenced Sept. 16 after pleading guilty to the charge in June. According to a criminal complaint, Haupert was driving the morning of Jan. 29, 2010, when she lost control of a vehicle she was operating in May Township.
Charges were dropped last month against a man accused of trying to force himself on a Woodbury masseuse. Two counts of criminal sexual conduct were dismissed against St. Paul resident Houa Lor at a Sept. 23 hearing. The case had been set for a Sept. 26 jury trial. The case was dropped after police investigators lost touch with the alleged victim, a 24-year-old woman. Investigators had not been able to reach the woman for more than two months prior to the dismissal hearing, said First Assistant Washington County Attorney Steve Povolny. "We did everything we could," said Povolny said.
Call them the heart attack kids. One week after coming out on top of a nail biter, the Royals once again strung out the final outcome until the closing seconds - this time in a road game against White Bear Lake.
Twin Cities postal workers joined in on a coordinated nationwide effort Tuesday aimed at building congressional support for a bill that supporters say would spare the embattled service from massive cuts. That included about 40 supporters who rallied outside U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's offices in Woodbury.
One dog was killed and another was injured Sept. 19 after they were attacked by a third dog in a Woodbury neighborhood. Police were called at 4:07 p.m. to the area of Landau Drive and Elan Court for reports of a black dog running loose in the area after fatally biting another dog. According to a police report, a Minneapolis man told police he had been watching the dog at his girlfriend's residence in the 200 block of Cambria Court when it broke free from a chain. The dog ran after one of the dogs on their walk, fatally injuring one and injuring the other.
If the Woodbury-East Ridge matchup hasn't developed into one of the area's premier rivalries, someone forgot to tell the players and fans at Friday's game. On the final play in the game's second overtime, crowds on both sides of Royals Stadium roared, waiting to see whether East Ridge's two point-conversion attempt would seal the win or end in defeat for the visiting Raptors after drawing the game to 34-35. The two-point attempt was stuffed by the Royals and returned the rivalry's the Golden Griffin Trophy back into Woodbury possession.
A Woodbury teenager's days in District 833 may be numbered, depending on the outcome of allegations that he attempted to bring two knives and bags of marijuana to a high school dance. Woodbury police said formal charges were pending against a 14-year-old boy who was stopped Sept. 16 at East Ridge High School during a school dance.