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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One of Woodbury's most conspicuously vacant properties could be open for business this fall if a Twin Cities real estate developer has his way. Wellington Management seeks to redevelop the State Farm Insurance building, with plans to bring 2,100 jobs to the location, which has sat empty since 2005. Steve Wellington, president of Wellington Management, proposes renovating the 420,000 square-foot complex for multiple uses - including the addition of a major retailer - to the tune of $68 million. He said plans call for an $18 million renovation he said is poised to house a Twin Cities-based fi
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.