Mike Longaecker is a regional/enterprise reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage includes St. Croix County government, higher education and state politics in Wisconsin.
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The members of St. Croix County’s drug court don’t shy away from the tough stuff. “These are incredibly challenging cases,” said Liesl Nelson, attorney manager for the state Public Defender’s Office, and one of several officials who serve on the drug court. The participants in drug court are among the highest-risk drug offenders who pass through the St. Croix County criminal justice system.
Suspects, ages 24 and 19, charged with felony A Star Prairie man and his alleged accomplice were charged with burglary last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Prosecutors charged Rodney Dionne, 19, with one count of burglary, four counts of felony bail jumping and one count of misdemeanor criminal trespass. His alleged accomplice, 24-year-old Star Prairie resident Matthew A. Kunze, was charged as party to a crime with burglary and criminal trespass. The men were accused in a May 5 burglary at a New Richmond home.
A Hudson man was injured Wednesday after laying down his motorcycle in Interstate 94 traffic to avoid a crash ahead of him. The Wisconsin State Patrol said 64-year-old Mark Munger...
NORTH HUDSON -- Everything was fine at the mouth of Lake Mallalieu -- until the water came rushing in. In an effort to take water pressure off a failing dam upstream on the Willow River flowage, the Department of Natural Resources breached the structure in September 2015. The breach completed the draining of Little Falls Lake -- a necessary step, DNR officials said, in the process of replacing the dam at Willow River State Park.
Hudson was the destination Tuesday for Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Joined by fellow Republican Sheila Harsdorf, Kleefisch toured two Hudson-based businesses -- Phillips Medisize and Cardinal Glass. At Phillips Medisize, the group heard from engineering manager Justin Westendorf, who described how the company is preparing to partner with UW-River Falls and the Camp Badger program, which introduces teens to science, technology, engineering and math-based careers. "We love to hear that we're all collaborating," Kleefisch said.
ST. PAUL -- Dan Jacobs has war stories, sure. The Roberts resident flew helicopter missions during three deployments overseas, including two in Iraq since 2006. He’s taken fire, delivered vital equipment and shuttled VIPs by helicopter. But for all his experience piloting aircraft, there’s one topic Jacobs can’t speak to: accidents. That’s because after more than 11,000 military flight hours, Jacobs logged his final flight without a single accident on his watch.
A New Richmond man accused of consuming a child's urine was charged with three sex crimes Friday in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Richard L. Zeier, 68, was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault with a child younger than 13. He was ordered to post $50,000 cash bail at his initial appearance Friday.
HUDSON -- Current and former UW-River Falls students shared the impact of loan debt on their lives Wednesday with two federal lawmakers promoting legislation to lessen the burden of higher education costs. U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Amy Klobuchar held a roundtable meeting at UWRF’s Hudson Center with panelists who shared their struggles.
A New Richmond man accused of consuming a child's urine was charged with three sex crimes Friday in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Richard L. Zeier, 68, was charged with...
Dogs at an alleged Elmwood puppy mill were feasting on rotting carcasses as their primary food source, according to allegations spelled out in a criminal complaint. Pierce County prosecutors handed...