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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Felony drug charges were filed against a St. Paul man who allegedly sold crack cocaine in a Woodbury sting conducted by Washington County authorities. Donavan Dontrell Griffin, 25, was charged in December with one count of first-degree narcotics sale. If convicted, Griffin faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Griffin, who posted bond Jan.
A woman with deep roots in nonprofit organizations recently took the helm at a Washington County youth agency after her longtime predecessor retired. Afton resident and former St. Paul-based Face to Face program CEO Mary Planten-Krell was named executive director Jan. 2 at the Youth Service Bureau. The program's service centers include locations in Woodbury, Cottage Grove and Stillwater. She takes over the program headed for 32 years by former executive director Paul Weiler.
The city of Woodbury on Wednesday witnessed the inauguration of its fifth mayor. Mary Giuliani Stephens was sworn into office at Wednesday's Woodbury City Council meeting. "We have different talents and gifts that, combined, make us a strong team," she told the council after taking the city's gavel. Also sworn in was new City Council member Christopher Burns. See the Jan. 19 Woodbury Bulletin for more on Giuliani Stephens.
You don't complain about snow at ski resorts. That's true at Afton Alps Recreation Area, though officials there say the reasons for celebration over this season's bountiful snowfall aren't necessarily tangible. "It's been more of a boon psychologically," said Joe Yasis, base operations manager at Afton Alps. "If there's snow in your backyard, you start to think winter sports." That theory seemed to ring true with at least one skier out on a snowy Friday, Jan.
Officials at a popular Woodbury fast-food destination are seeking approval to overhaul the restaurant in hopes of boosting drive-through service. The current McDonald's location, 1759 Weir Drive, would be demolished and rebuilt under a proposal submitted to the Woodbury Planning Commission. Commissioners unanimously voted to recommend approval of the request Monday. Woodbury City Council will next consider the proposal at its Jan.
Think you've got art chops? If so, the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you. In recognition of the 30th running of the chamber's Country Mile race, the organization is fielding entries for the race's T-shirt logo. Previously gleaned from Woodbury High School students, the chamber decided to open up this year's artistic submissions to anyone in the community. Chamber membership staff representative Kim Snyder said she expects strong attendance for this year's race, set for Aug.
The Royals improved to 9-6 on the season after a home win Tuesday over Irondale. After falling behind 1-0 on a Knights goal 2:12 into the first period, Woodbury powered past Irondale, winning 5-3 at Bielenberg Sports Center. The Royals utilized a balanced scoring attack in the game, with five different players finding the back of the net. Junior forward Chase Myers-Beck logged two points on a goal and an assist for the Royals.
Not so long ago, Harold Duffield was teetering on the verge of home foreclosure. Recently retired and stuck with ballooning medical bills, the Woodbury man said he struggled to balance hospital co-pays, mortgage payments and being able to put food on the table. "That's what put me into the tight spot," Duffield said. Under threat of mortgage foreclosure by his bank, he was steered toward a Washington County program that he said was able to help him keep his house and pay smaller monthly mortgage payments. He credits the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority's foreclosure co
Woodbury will be former Gov. Tim Pawlenty's first stop in Minnesota on a book signing tour set to kick off next week. Pawlenty will sign copies of his book "Courage to Stand" at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at LifeWay Christian Store, according to his Freedom First political action committee website. The book tour begins Jan. 13 in Washington, D.C., and concludes Jan. 31 in Iowa - a state considered key in determining early presidential contenders.
Woodbury police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery case reported Tuesday at a local pizza delivery restaurant. Officers were called at 9:59 a.m. to Papa John's, 1960 Donegal Drive, for a report of a robbery. Cmdr.