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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A Florida man died Friday after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 in St. Croix County. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, 83-year-old John M. Sundeen of Cudjoe Key, Fla., died from injuries sustained in a Thursday night crash near Woodville.
The man convicted of opening fire on a carload of people last year in Hudson was sentenced Friday in St. Croix County Circuit Court to 50 years in prison. The prison term for Minneapolis resident Ahmed Hirsi is to be followed by 35 years on extended supervision, according to presiding Judge James Peterson’s sentence. “You are, I would consider, a very dangerous man,” Peterson said at the hearing. Hirsi was convicted May 1 by a St. Croix County jury of 13 felonies, including three counts of first-degree attempted homicide after a weeklong trial.
A St. Paul woman accused of clearing out a River Falls man’s apartment after a one-night encounter made her initial appearance on a felony charge last week in St. Croix...
St. Croix County’s first-ever drug court coordinator signed a separation agreement this year while she was being investigated for sexual harassment, according to documents released last month. Amber Perry, a seven-year veteran of the county, left her job April 10 while she was on paid administrative leave.
Mourners arrived by the hundreds Friday at St. Patrick's Church for the funeral of Eric, Michael and Matthew Larson, three of the four people killed Monday in a Polk County...
The man convicted by a St. Croix County jury of three counts of first degree attempted intentional homicide was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison. Presiding Judge James Peterson issued the sentence, which also calls for 27-year-old Ahmed Hirsi to spend an additional 35 years on extended supervision. Hirsi was convicted in May of attempted homicide in a case stemming from a January 2014 shooting outside the Spirit Seller liquor store in Hudson.
You couldn’t ask for much more out of a day’s work than Michael and Matthew Larson would give you. Hudson business owner Mike Sime knew that — and he knew where that work ethic came from: their dad, Eric Larson. Sime should know.
Four Hudson-area residents were killed Monday in a rural Polk County plane crash. The pilot was identified Tuesday by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as Daniel P. Ortner, 44, of...
Law enforcement officials confirmed the four people killed Monday in the Amery-area plane crash were Hudson-area residents. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, pilot Daniel Ortner, of North Hudson,...
A St. Paul man who allegedly swiped wallets and other items from businesses around Hudson in 2013 was sentenced last week to prison. Daniel M. Hendrickson, 52, was sentenced by...