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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RICE LAKE -- Voices raised Monday in western Wisconsin in defense of a state health-care program, the University of Wisconsin System, natural resources concerns, K-12 public education and other items slated for changes under Gov.
A Hammond man made his first appearance last week in St. Croix County District Court on allegations that he entered a New Richmond home and strangled a woman there. The suspect, Travis Hueg, 24, was charged with one count of felony domestic abuse by strangulation or suffocation, one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of misdemeanor criminal property damage. He posted a $1,750 signature bond on March 16. According to a St. Croix County criminal complaint: New Richmond police were called at 3:39 p.m.
Julie Theisen might be the leader of a St. Croix County agency, but she knows she can’t do it alone. “For substance prevention, it takes a village,” she said. Theisen is the new program support specialist for the St. Croix County Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Services.
Safety concerns at a dam in a popular western Wisconsin state park will leave a lake there emptied for at least two years beginning as soon as May. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials confirmed Friday that Little Falls Lake at Willow River State Park will be drawn down to evaluate the dam at the lake’s western end. A catastrophic flood could present risks, said two DNR officials working on the project. “We’ve got safety concerns with the dam,” said DNR land representative Craig Thompson.
HUDSON -- A St. Croix County prosecutor announced Wednesday that a murder case against a Lake City, Minn., man accused of killing his girlfriend will be tried in Minnesota, not...
An Amery man was killed Saturday after the car he was driving vaulted into a field and rolled several times in the Town of Baldwin. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Oscar Flores-Saldivar, 35, the driver and sole occupant of a 2002 Kia Spectra that crashed at 5:44 p.m. at county highways E and D.
A 2,000-pound bull sprung loose from a trailer taking it to market Wednesday morning and rampaged through rush hour traffic in Woodbury. Police – joined by farmers who had transported the bull – attempted to corral the animal while it stormed around Hudson Road near Manning Avenue. Michelle Okada, public information officer for Woodbury police, said the farmers – from West Lakeland Township – phoned a veterinarian during the incident for assistance in how to safely contain the bull.
Charges were dismissed against a Hudson man accused of stealing from a Minnesota golf shop. One count of felony theft against Donald Voorhees was dismissed Aug. 6, 2014, in Washington County (Minn.) District Court. The charge stemmed from a February, 2013 incident at Woodbury's Golf Galaxy, where Voorhees allegedly helped himself to more than $1,000 worth of golf equipment. According to Minnesota court records, Voorhees entered a plea in the case on Aug. 2, 2013; the dismissal order came about a year later.
A Hudson teenager faces a felony drug charge and one count of theft after allegedly trying to put one over on staff at a Woodbury retailer. Calvin Norman Olson, 18, was charged in Washington County District Court with one count of fifth-degree drug possession and one count of misdemeanor theft by swindle. Olson was released from Washington County jail after posting a $3,000 bond on March 28. According to a criminal complaint, Woodbury police received a report from Walmart loss prevention staff that two male shoplifting suspects had been detained at the store. The loss prevention worker tol