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
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.