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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St. Croix County Medical Examiner Patty Schachtner on Tuesday became the first Democrat to announce her bid in the special election for state Senate District 10. Schachtner, a Somerset School Board member, said in a statement that she aims to tackle “Milwaukee-area-first school funding” and other issues as part of an effort to boost western Wisconsin’s priority among Madison lawmakers.
A second western Wisconsin lawmaker has thrown his hat in the ring to succeed Sheila Harsdorf in the state Senate’s 10th district. Rep. Shannon Zimmerman was the latest to announce his candidacy for the seat, vacated Friday, Nov. 10, when Harsdorf resigned to become the next secretary of the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She was appointed to the post earlier Friday by Gov. Scott Walker.
The first candidate to seek Sheila Harsdorf's soon-to-be-vacated state Senate seat emerged Friday. Republican Adam Jarchow, a second-term Assembly member from Balsam Lake, announced his intention to run in a special election to fill Harsdorf’s District 10 Senate seat. Gov. Scott Walker earlier on Friday appointed Harsdorf to become secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Gov. Scott Walker on Friday appointed Sen. Sheila Harsdorf to be the state’s Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection secretary — an announcement that will trigger a special election in her western Wisconsin district. “Sheila’s experience as a highly respected, dedicated legislator and dairy farmer make her an excellent fit to lead DATCP,” Walker said in a news release.
A Somerset man convicted of assaulting a woman who let him live with her family was sentenced last week to jail and probation.
The outcome of an annexation lawsuit between the town of Troy and the city of River Falls could hinge on one word — "near." Attorneys on both sides of the Mann Valley case last week argued over the interpretation of the word, relative to its use in an obscure Wisconsin law that governs certain annexations. "That is the ultimate decision your honor would make," town of Troy attorney Rory O'Sullivan told St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman at an Oct. 31 pretrial hearing.
A New Richmond man made his first court appearance last week on allegations he sold a police informant a quarter-pound of marijuana. Billy L. Alexander Jr. was released on a signature bond after the Nov. 2 hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court. The 38-year-old faces active drug charges in multiple cases stretching back to 2014. According to the latest felony charge, Alexander is accused of selling pot to an informant during a May 18 controlled drug buy.
Two former Prescott police officers are suing the city in hopes of getting their jobs back. The suit, filed Oct. 16 in Pierce County Circuit Court, seeks a reversal of the decision that left former officers Bryan Massman and Ryan Most out of work with the city of Prescott. "The decision was arbitrary, unreasonable and oppressive," according to the lawsuit. City Administrator Jayne Brand said Monday, Nov. 6, that the city had been served that day with the lawsuit and had no comment.
A Hudson woman arrived home from a late-night flight last month to find a homeless man with a lengthy criminal history allegedly squatting in her house. According to documents filed in court last week, the woman went into her Birkmose Park Street home at about 2 a.m. Oct. 28 and spotted things out of place in the kitchen and heard music playing. She went outside and flagged down a Hudson police officer who, along with another officer, went into the house and found a man inside.
HUDSON — Scott Walker’s re-election tour stopped Wednesday in Hudson, where he was greeted with a heavy dose of fanfare and a smattering of opposition. After receiving introductions from the state’s Republican party chairman, the lieutenant governor and his sons, Gov. Scott Walker bounded to a podium inside Empire Bucket where he rallied supporters behind his campaign for a third term.