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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River towns from Stillwater to Red Wing are expected to see water levels rise over the next few days, though forecasts are not showing flood stage being reached. The St. Croix River in Stillwater was at 80 feet Thursday morning and was expected to crest at about 85 feet early Sunday, according to to the National Weather Service . Flood stage there is at 87 feet.
A metro bus headed eastbound on Interstate 94 created a false alarm during Friday's morning rush hour. The bus was seen displaying “call police” on its overhead display, prompting two Washington County sheriff's deputies to respond. The bus was pulled over at 7:42 a.m. just east of Neal Avenue in Afton. According to a Washington County dispatcher, the display was the result of a malfunction. “There was no emergency whatsoever,” according to the dispatcher.
A 35-year-old Minnesota motorcyclist and his passenger were hospitalized Sunday after a motorcycle crash in the town of Oak Grove that allegedly involved alcohol. The victims, identified by the Pierce County Sheriff's Office as driver Esa Bay, of Newport, Minn., and his passenger, 25-year-old Cottage Grove, Minn., resident Meghan McGahn, were taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital for their injuries. The extent of their injuries was not listed.
Former District 833 assistant superintendent up against Bezek, a former Park assistant principal.
The Raptors will get another run at it. The East Ridge boys alpine ski team qualified for the state meet for the second year in a row on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Wild Mountain Ski Area. The Raptors will look to build on last year’s seventh place finish – a mark the team’s coach said is attainable. “They’re going to try to go as hard as they can,” said Kevin Seipel, who coaches the Park Woodbury and East Ridge (PWER) alpine teams. “Especially with three seniors, they’re not going to be holding anything back.
Public works projects and a long look at the state’s minimum wage will take center stage at the Capitol this year, members of south Washington County’s legislative delegation predicted. Four lawmakers shared what they see in their crystal balls Saturday during a forum sponsored by the Woodbury-Cottage Grove chapter of the League of Women Voters. A significant portion of even-numbered years at the Legislature is generally set aside to tackle public works projects from around the state, and local lawmakers said 2014’s session won’t be any different that way. South Washington County lawm
Theresa Pines knew in college that she wanted to be a school nurse. She accomplished that goal and went on to become a school nurse in District 833. More than two decades later, Pines continues to live her dream — and then some.
Expectations remain high for south Washington County’s six alpine ski teams as they move on without the state’s 2013 champion racer.
East Ridge administrators, teachers and students shared success stories and some growing pains involved with the so-called “blended learning” program, where students split time between online learning and a traditional classroom.