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 authorities participated June 2 in a major cockfighting-related raid that spanned two western Wisconsin counties and resulted in charges against three men. According to a news release,...
The driver of a minivan that slammed into a monument at a Houlton cemetery made his initial court appearance last week on felony charges related to the crash. Bayport, Minn., resident John W. Halfmann pleaded not guilty June 4 in St. Croix County Circuit Court, where he is charged with three felonies -- attempting to flee or elude police and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.
Parties return to court this week in a developing dispute that has stalled the draining of a Willow River State Park lake. Little Falls Lake -- a delta along the Willow River in Hudson and St. Joseph townships -- was poised to be drained June 1 amid state agency concerns that a dam there is in jeopardy of failure.
A Minnesota man who was at the helm of his boat during a fatal crash in 2013 pleaded guilty last week in Pierce County District Court. Patrick A. Puhalla, 49, pleaded guilty May 26 to one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of causing injury by intoxicated boat operation. A plea deal presented in court calls for the Bayport, Minn., man to spend one year in jail on home monitoring and five years on probation.
A worker was driving home from her job in Baldwin when a man rose up in her back seat, held a gun to her head and draped a noose around...
Charges were expected to be filed Friday afternoon in a suspected St. Croix County kidnapping case. Authorities were called at 1:41 a.m. Thursday to a kidnapping complaint at an unspecified...
The floodgates are poised to open in more ways than one at Willow River State Park. Days before a project to drain Little Falls Lake was set to begin, a surprise funding appropriation was approved in Madison. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on Friday approved $8 million in funding for the “repair or replacement” of the dam. Department of Natural Resources officials this week were to begin draining the lake as preventative step amid fears that the unstable dam could give way in a major flood event.
St. Croix County authorities participated Tuesday (June 2) in a major cockfighting-related raid that spanned two western Wisconsin counties. According to a news release, more than 1,100 birds were seized and multiple people were apprehended during the execution of search warrants Tuesday morning in St. Croix and Polk counties. The release states arrests were forthcoming. The St. Croix County raid occurred at 2293 Highway 63 in Town of Forest at a property owned by Jesus and Teresa Silva, county property records state. St.
St. Croix County authorities participated Tuesday (June 2) in a major cockfighting-related raid that spanned two western Wisconsin counties. According to a news release, more than 1,100 birds were seized...
Formal charges were filed on Friday against the three men accused of escaping from a New Richmond corrections facility. Jesse Jamal Fairley, 26, Kyle John Peterson, 19, and Andre Lee Vance, 21, were all charged in St. Croix County Circuit Court with one count of felony escape.