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 study examining transit options for Interstate 94 through Woodbury last week added another consideration: managed lanes. The MnPASS alternative - which already provides a dedicated lane on west- and south-metro highways for carpoolers, motorcycles, buses and those who pay a fee - marks the eighth option under consideration by the Gateway Corridor Commission. The commission is tasked with narrowing the transit options along the interstate between Minneapolis and Eau Claire, Wis., as a solution to an anticipated jump in traffic levels. The other options under consideration are express buses
Expectations are sky-high for this year's Relay For Life of South Washington County. After leading the state in fundraising in 2010, local Relay organizers are looking to stay on top - and keep raising the bar. "We want that distinction again," said Mara Mayberry, co-chairperson of the local Relay event. This year South Washington County Relay organizers are aiming for a goal of $230,000. All money raised goes toward the cancer battle: cancer research and funding of cancer treatments. Last year the South Washington County Relay attracted 949 walkers.
A Woodbury man faces two felonies stemming from allegations he used his ex-wife's personal information to generate fraudulent unemployment payments from the state of Minnesota. Andrew J. Sinaberg, 44, was charged in April with identity theft and receiving unemployment benefits by false representation.
In a legislative session punctuated by disagreement, lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton found nothing to argue about in a bill driven by a Woodbury family. Dayton signed "Tyler's Law" into the books May 24 held a ceremonial signing Tuesday. Though the Democratic governor and the Republican-controlled Legislature could not come to terms on an overall budget deal - under threat of a partial government shutdown - Tyler's Law drew no protest.
A bill that would require drivers to have a full understanding of carbon monoxide dangers before receiving their driver's license received unanimous support Thursday from the Minnesota House. Lawmakers passed the bill - dubbed "Tyler's Law" for Tyler Lavers, a Woodbury man who died last year from carbon monoxide poisoning - on a 131-0 vote. The bill now awaits action in the Senate. The bill's chief House sponsor, Rep.
Two witnesses reported seeing a black bear roaming Wednesday near Woodbury Lakes. According to a police report, a Woodbury woman called at 5:18 a.m. to report seeing a bear "bounding" northbound through a wetland area west of Woodbury Lakes and east of the vacant State Farm Insurance Co. building property. The bear was last seen moving northwest in a wooded area north of a swamp. Police were unable to locate the bear, but encountered a man walking his dog who also reported seeing the bear.
By Mike Longaecker firstname.lastname@example.org Scott Melander is the Woodbury police department's traffic unit. Not in the figurative sense, as in he's the face of the unit or its critical link. "We call it the traffic unit - it's one guy," said Woodbury Public Safety Director Lee Vague. Melander is the department's one and only member of the traffic unit, a role created in 2009 in response to his desire to form a more responsive approach to city traffic issues. "I've always enjoyed traffic safety," Melander said. As the department's traffic guru, Melander maintains a narrow focus on th
A 20-year-old man who told police he thought he could get away with whatever sex act he wanted at a Woodbury massage parlor was charged Monday with two counts of criminal sexual conduct. Washington County prosecutors charged Houa Lor, St. Paul, with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to a criminal complaint, Lor attempted to force himself on a masseuse April 10 at Woodbury Oriental Massage.
When Chuck Krinke watched a lightning bolt strike a Woodbury house last year, he knew he had to go to the scene. By the time the episode was over, he had kicked down a door and helped two would-be victims - unaware the house was becoming enveloped in flames - safely escape. "I did what anyone else would do," said Krinke, 67. Woodbury Public Safety officials disagreed.
By MIKE LONGAECKER email@example.com Some Woodbury senior citizens put it all on the line last week. There were life stories. There was artwork. There were musical performances. "Under this roof, we have a wealth of talent," said Margaret Wachholz, director of activities at Woodbury Senior Living. Thursday, May 5 was a day of expression at Woodbury Senior Living's Villa. Wachholz said the event represented an opportunity for the Villa's residents to do something out of character: to show off.