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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Hudson's history and hidden treasures would be showcased for visitors in a proposed trolley operation outlined this week to city leaders. Town of Hudson resident Kim Bennewitz explained to Hudson Common Council how the business, which has not yet launched, would serve as a sightseeing tour that would clue visitors in to local features. She said it would be similar to Stillwater Trolley Co., which takes riders to historic buildings, landmarks and vistas.
The case of a Hudson man accused in a crash that killed a Hudson woman more than two years ago will go to trial next month in Minnesota. Assistant Washington County Attorney Tom Wedes said negotiations with attorneys did not yield progress in the case, which is now set for a June 18 jury trial. "We don't see eye to eye," Wedes said Monday, April 30, before a pretrial hearing.
Police are investigating an overnight break-in to one of North Hudson’s most popular establishments. North Hudson Police Chief Mark Richert confirmed Thursday that a burglary was reported at Kozy Korner. He said an ATM and a small safe were reported stolen. Video poker machines were found damaged in an apparent effort to take cash. There was evidence of forced entry during the burglary, which Richert said occurred between 2:10-6 a.m. Thursday.
Court documents released last week outline what a St. Croix County Board candidate alleges allowed her to lose a deadlocked election. Scottie Ard, the St. Croix County Board member who lost after an election recount to fellow New Richmond resident Ryan Sherley, spelled out in a complaint where she believes the St. Croix County Board of Canvassers went awry in awarding Sherley the victory.
A Woodbury man who billed himself as Hudson's top-rated children's dentist has closed his practice while criminal and civil cases make their way through two Wisconsin counties. An outgoing voice message at La Petite Dentistry states the Carmichael Road office is "permanently closed." The practice was owned by Dr. Andy Mancini, a Woodbury resident who faces four misdemeanor charges and has sued his accuser for other allegations she has made against him.
A Roberts man arrested on suspicion of his fourth drunken-driving offense was charged with three felonies, one of which allegedly involved some choice words for the arresting officer. Police said the incident occurred after the 40-year-old man was warned by an officer not to drive, but was later found swerving on the interstate, where construction crews were working. The arresting officer reported the man swore profusely at him while being driven to jail and made repeated threats to assault the policeman.
A New Richmond woman is appealing a St. Croix County Board of Canvassers decision that cost her a county board seat. The April 3 vote for St. Croix County Board's District 13 seat finished in an exact tie between incumbent Scottie Ard and challenger Ryan Sherley. Ard was declared the winner after a Board of Canvassers process where her name was drawn from a bowl. The result prompted Sherley to demand a recount, which yielded the same vote total, but turned up a three-vote difference between voters and ballots cast.
A longtime Hudson police officer left no doubt about his plans for retirement Tuesday. “From now on, I’ll be on the driving range, not the firing range,” officer Ed Rankin announced just before 10:30 a.m. April 24.
A Baldwin man accused of threatening to shoot a neighbor was arrested Saturday in a tense incident that brought in an armored police vehicle and led to a nearby bar's evacuation. Members of the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office emergency response unit (ERU) eventually arrested the suspect, Jonathan G. Nagy, without incident at his 1020 Seventh Ave. home.
A sentencing hearing was set for June after a Hudson man entered pleas to three counts of child porn possession. John E. Nerbonne, 73, pleaded no contest to the charges at an April 4 hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Two other child porn charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. State investigators executed a search warrant at Nerbonne's home in May 2016 after agents discovered an Internet address sharing suspicious files. The internet address was registered to Nerbonne's Hudson home.