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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Sediment is passing below the dismantled Little Falls Lake dam along the Willow River, but not at a level that’s concerning to Department of Natural Resources officials. That was one of several messages conveyed during an Oct. 20 meeting at Hudson Town Hall, where community members met with agency officials for an update on the process at the dam, located in Willow River State Park. A large portion of the dam has been removed in recent weeks by workers contracted by the state in an effort to complete the drawdown of Little Falls Lake.
Students were unharmed Thursday morning after a bus crashed near Wisconsin and Vine streets. According to a Hudson School District statement, the crash – involving the Route 231 bus – was considered minor and no students were injured. The district’s statement does not indicate whether anyone else involved in the crash was injured. Safe Way Bus Co. called in another bus to take the students to Hudson Middle School.
Two people were displaced from their Baldwin apartment on Wednesday after fire destroyed the unit. The residents, a woman and her son, were unable to return to the apartment at 830 11th Ave. after fire, which was first reported at 5:37 p.m. Hammond-Baldwin-Woodville United Fire Chief Gary Newton said indications were that the fire began in the kitchen of the two-bedroom apartment. Burners on the stove had been left on, he said.
A woodworking shop on a rural Hudson property was destroyed late Tuesday after fire swept through the structure. “It just happened so quickly,” said Nautia Wormke, who lives on the...
Hudson police issued an alert for a convicted felon sought in connection with a turbulent incident on Friday at Hudson Hospital that continued to play out on Monday. Authorities and...
A meth- and syringe-toting New Richmond man went into a hotel lobby and began pleasuring himself in front of a clerk, according to charges filed last week in St. Croix County. Prosecutors charged 35-year-old Ian D. Nelson on Oct. 5 with one count of felony methamphetamine possession and one count of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Both charges were enhanced with the repeater provision, which allows for longer sentences to be imposed, if convicted. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman ordered Nelson to post a $2,500 cash bond at an Oct.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials will discuss the plan ahead for the Little Falls Lake dam at a meeting next week. The meeting, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Hudson Town Hall, will address the status of Little Falls Lake’s drawdown.
Two incidents on Sunday, including one that left a child injured, prompted a response by emergency crews at Willow River State Park. St. Croix EMS and Rescue responded to the Willow Lake Falls portion of the park Sunday afternoon, where a child was injured. Josh Olson, operations supervisor for St.
When a distraught man hit the waters of the St. Croix River in July 2012, Dave Hausman knew time was of the essence. The man was gulping mouthfuls of river...
The nerve center behind one of Hudson’s most popular exports will be opening its doors to the public. Little Free Library will be holding its first-ever open house on Monday, Oct.12. The event, which runs from 1-7 p.m., will be held at Little Free Library’s headquarters at 573 County A, Suite 106, in Hudson. Visitors will have the chance to meet staff at the nonprofit organization and get a look at unique creations, including a custom-made Little Free Library decorated by “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening.