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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A Cottage Grove man appeared in court this month on allegations that he loaded a trailer with furniture stolen from a model home in Woodbury. Joseph Steven Anderson, 29, made...
A Woodbury teenager accused of passing along drugs that led to the overdose death of a Woodbury High School classmate in 2014 pleaded guilty Friday to a drug possession charge...
It feels a little bit like a time warp sitting down in a booth at the new Ze’s Diner in Woodbury – almost like if you’re not wearing bobby socks and poodle skirts or leather jackets, you’re not dressed for dinner. But Ze’s Diner is very much a diner for 2015. It’s got bright, strong colors, a menu that has a little bit of everything, and a staff who are happy to be part of Woodbury. In the few short weeks it’s been open, Ze’s is quickly attracting the attention of both the young and the old. Owner Moody Arafa opened Ze’s Diner on Jan. 20.
A legislative panel is looking to take a deep dive into the scope of a governmental agency that oversees a range of metro issues, from transit to housing and redevelopment. The House Subcommittee on Metropolitan Council Accountability and Transparency, launched Jan.
A Woodbury teenager accused of shooting an East Ridge High School classmate during a drug deal entered a guilty plea last month in the case. James Colby Dudley, 17, pleaded...
The cakes have arrived. Doors opened today at Nadia Cakes, a cupcake shop located at 429 Commerce Drive. The shop will be managed by Erin Campbell, winner of Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship.” Nadia Cakes owner Abby Jimenez also appeared on the Food Network, where she won the Rose Bowl episode on “Cupcake Wars.” The shop will hold a grand opening on Feb. 21.
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Police were called Jan. 13 to the Red Roof Inn,...
A 12-year prison sentence was stayed for an Afton man convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Jerald Alan Simpson, 55, was sentenced to a year in jail, but will get...
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.