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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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
The future of Crosswinds Arts and Sciences School is no more certain now than in February, when lawmakers first considered a bill addressing the Woodbury school's future. The session ended at midnight Monday, May 20, without a final decision on legislation that sought to preserve Crosswinds' integration model by conveying the building to either District 833 or the state's Perpich Center for the Arts. Exactly what is to come of the building - which will see students from the year-round program pass through its doors until the end of July - is unclear, but without an owner granted for the buil
A Washington County Sheriff's Department commander was injured today by gunfire while scouting a hunting site in Wisconsin. Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton identified the injured man as Washington County Sheriff's Department Cmdr. Jerry Cusick, who was scouting for turkey during the episode. According to the St. Croix County Sheriff's office, the incident occurred at around 7:24 a.m.
East Ridge High School Principal Aaron Harper found himself fielding some complaints Thursday after a controversial poem meant to honor Black History Month was read aloud over the school's public address system. "The Black Child's Pledge," written in 1968 by Shirley Williams and published in the controversial Black Panther group's newspaper, was read during East Ridge's morning announcements as an ongoing activity honoring Black History Month. Not long after the poem was read, Twitter comments began bubbling up from Woodbury community members, including Kelly Fenton, whose son attends East R
In fourth grade, building robots just sounded like a cool thing to do for a group of local students. Four years later, robot construction is serious business for the group of south Washington County students. The students -- a mix of eighth-graders attending Woodbury and Cottage Grove middle schools that has expanded to a five-person team -- now prepare to make their fourth trip to the Boston Scientific Minnesota First Lego League State Championship. There, the team, dubbed Robo Nuts, will compete against more than 60 other groups vying for a chance to advance to a national tournament in St
Woodbury's cross-town rivalry lived up to its billing Friday night. An apparent laugher at one point with Woodbury up 22 points at the half, the Raptors chiseled away in the second half on its way to 72-67 home victory. East Ridge improved its overall record to 6-1 with the win and moved into first place in the Suburban East Conference at 2-0.
Afton Alps is being purchased by the operators of one of North America's most well-known skiing destinations, officials announced today. According to a news release, Vail Resorts, Inc., has entered into agreements to buy Afton Alps and a ski resort in Michigan for a combined $20 million. The buyer plans to "upgrade and enhance" the skiing experience at Afton Alps and at Mount Brighton, Mich. Part of the acquisition strategy appears to be an effort to drive ski trips to Vail and other ski areas owned by the operator.