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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Officers from Minnesota plunged into frigid Lake Mallalieu waters early Thursday after a woman who led police on a chase allegedly drove her vehicle into the lake. The Hudson Police Department said the officers removed the woman from the vehicle as it was sinking. The woman, identified by Hudson police as 35-year-old Blaine resident Candace M. Maunu, was arrested on suspicion of OWI-fifth offense. According to a news release: Hudson police became involved at 2:15 a.m. after learning of a police pursuit headed east on Interstate 94 from Minnesota.
A 49-year-old Minnesota man appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court Thursday, Sept. 17, on felony sexual assault allegations. Troy L. Falos of Woodbury made his initial appearance on one...
A Woodbury teenager made his initial appearance last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court on allegations that he possessed nude photos of a juvenile girl with whom he was caught in the backseat of a vehicle in Hudson. Ryan M. Zinkgraf, 18, was charged Aug. 25 with one count of felony child pornography possession and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior, a misdemeanor. He made his initial appearance Aug. 26 and is set to appear for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 10.
HUDSON, WIS. — When a woman arrived at Baldwin Area Medical Center with a deep cut in her arm, the suspect, her husband, couldn’t explain the source of the injury...
ELLSWORTH, WIS. — A Minnesota man was sentenced last week in the case of a fatal 2013 St. Croix River boat crash that left his friend dead. Patrick Puhalla, 49, of Bayport, was sentenced Aug.
ELLSWORTH, Wis. -- A Minnesota man who was at the helm of his boat when it crashed into the rocky shoreline of the St. Croix River killing one of his passengers in 2013 has pleaded guilty in Pierce County District Court. The deceased served as harbormaster at Windmill Marina in Afton. Patrick A.
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.