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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Olympic champion and Minnesota native Lindsey Vonn will return to the hills of her youth Friday in Washington County. Vonn, the lone American woman to win Olympic gold in the downhill event, will have a meet-and-greet event at 6 p.m. Friday at Afton Alps Ski Area. According to a news release, Vonn will meet with 50 young alpine racers at 5 p.m.
The Lake Middle School and East Ridge families are mourning the loss of a 13-year-old student who died Tuesday.
The last time the Raptors came to Royals Stadium, the home team survived by the smallest of margins after an overtime battle. There was no such drama on Friday. East Ridge, the No.
When it comes to rivalries in Woodbury, it doesn't get much better than this. The Woodbury and East Ridge high school football teams collide tonight at Royals Stadium for the fifth time since East Ridge launched its program in 2009. It's been a back-and-forth affair with memorable games since the teams' inaugural match-up in 2009 when Woodbury handled East Ridge in the new school's very first debut on the football field. East Ridge came back the following year off an 0-9 season to earn the program's first-ever win over -- guess who -- Woodbury.
The Raptors will look to build on a strong end to the 2012 season as they rev up for 2013 with a deeper, more experienced team.
A 33-year-old St. Paul Park man with two open drunken driving cases added to his court docket after allegedly wielding a baseball bat during a domestic disturbance last month in Woodbury.
The Minnesota Sting will play for the Midwest Premier Football League title for the second straight year against the Brainerd Lumberjacks.
A Woodbury school thought to be all but mothballed in June was revived for another school year, at least.
Federal aviation investigators were called this morning to the scene of a helicopter crash in Maplewood. A low-flying helicopter believed to be operated by the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, was seen struggling to remain aloft, a witness said, before crashing into a garage in the St. Paul suburb. “It just dropped,” said Tambra Thomas, who had heard the helicopter from her bedroom in a nearby residence, before jumping up to see its sharp descent.
The clouds lifted last week for a celebration. After a week where gloomy weather seemed to be the rule, the cover of gray gave way to a burst of sunshine just as hundreds gathered Friday, June 7, at East Ridge High School for the annual Relay for Life of South Washington County. Woodbury teenager Zach Netten kicked off festivities with a speech as the 2013 honorary cancer survivor. The East Ridge High School freshman described the lessons he learned during cancer treatment, which saw his hair fall out in clumps. "I quickly found out that we spend a lot of the time thinking about how we loo