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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Firefighters responded Monday morning to a garage fire in Woodbury. Crews remained on the scene of the fire, which occurred in an attached garage in a home 1012 Autumn Alcove, at 8:40 a.m. A vehicle inside the garage caught fire, according to initial reports. One person was home at the time of the fire but was able to evacuate, according to Woodbury Public Safety spokeswoman Michelle Okada. Fire crews from Cottage Grove and Oakdale were called to assist at the scene. The Bulletin will update the story as details become available.
Management of more than 3 million square feet of retail space owned by the Robert Muir Co. – including four retail centers in Woodbury – is being turned over to a Twin Cities businessman who has twice run for political office. According to a Friday news release, management and operation of retail properties belonging to the Robert Muir Co. are now being handled by Kelly Doran. Doran for years was a business partner with Robert Muir, serving as president of the company from 1992 to 2005. Doran, who ran an unsuccessful 2006 bid for governor after first running for U.S.
Tony Kramer still remembers how exhausting the dating routine could be. The Woodbury man would go on date after date with women only to learn that the chemistry never developed. So Kramer turned to his buddy for help. What the friend recommended lit a fire that would evolve into a business concept Kramer now hopes will reach millions: Connect prospective couples via Facebook through a mutual friend. Kramer knows the formula works.
Firefighters said hot ashes were the culprit behind an overnight garage fire in Woodbury. Woodbury Fire Department Cmdr. John Wallgren said the fire was reported at 1:25 a.m. at 1897 Lochaven Drive. The fire was contained to the exterior of the garage and did not breach the interior, he said. A four-minute response time by the first firefighter “saved this house,” Wallgren said.
Gateway Corridor officials want to know if there are health benefits to be generated by the prospect of mass transit running to Woodbury. And now they have the money to find out. Washington County Board commissioners learned Nov.
Washington County prosecutors allege a drug deal gone bad led to a Woodbury teenager shooting an East Ridge High School classmate. The alleged victim, a 16-year-old from Woodbury, was taken to Woodwinds Health Campus on Saturday, Nov. 22, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released. Police began investigating the incident on Monday, Nov. 24, after information was passed along to East Ridge’s liaison officer.
A caller reported seeing a vehicle get broken into on Nov. 4 at Chili’s Bar and Grill, 9945 Hudson Place. A male was seen smashing out a rear window and grabbing a laptop bag from inside. The suspect was seen leaving in a Ford Taurus. The bag contained a $1,500 laptop work computer belonging to a Woodbury man. The suspect was not located, though the bag was later retrieved in a south Minneapolis alley. Police were called Nov. 4 to Crackleberry Bay for a report of shots fired in the area. Police investigated, but did not hear additional gunfire.
A man whose actions often spoke louder than his words is being mourned this week in Woodbury. Bruce Stafford, a former Woodbury fire chief and a founding member of the public safety department’s EMT services, died Thursday, Nov. 21.
A Woodbury teenager was charged with two felonies after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase and burglarizing a home. Washington County prosecutors charged 18-year-old Andrew Joseph Helfenberger with one count of second-degree burglary and one count of fleeing police in a motor vehicle. He is also charged with one count of fleeing police on foot, a misdemeanor. The charges stemmed from an Aug.
The city will formally unveil Bielenberg Sports Center’s outdoor skating rink to the public during a grand opening celebration on Sunday, Nov. 30. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 5-7 p.m. Former Minnesota Wild player and East Ridge High School boys hockey coach Wes Walz will perform a ceremonial tree-lighting at the event. Carolers from East Ridge will “set the mood” during the event, according to a city news release. The rink will be open to public skating starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov.