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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River towns from Stillwater to Red Wing are expected to see water levels rise over the next few days, though forecasts are not showing flood stage being reached. The St. Croix River in Stillwater was at 80 feet Thursday morning and was expected to crest at about 85 feet early Sunday, according to to the National Weather Service . Flood stage there is at 87 feet.
About one-third finished, the St. Croix River Crossing project heads into its prime construction season with officials hoping enough pieces will be in place by year’s end that the structure will at last begin resembling a bridge to passers-by. “Right now, it’s looking good,” said Paul Kivisto, bridge construction engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, during a media tour of the project on Wednesday.
HAGER CITY -- Family members of Marya Christiansen clung to hopes Wednesday that the Hager City woman would be found, while authorities converged on a boat launch at the Back...
A search effort that began over the weekend continued Tuesday following the disappearance of a Hager City woman who never came home after a night out in Red Wing. Family...
A riverside parking lot was the scene of a brief but tense situation Monday involving an armed man in Denmark Township. Sgt. Tim Tuthill with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said officers were called at 3:59 p.m. Monday for a suicidal male. The male, identified later as an 18-year-old Prescott resident, was found at the Point Douglas Beach wayside parking lot – just across the St.
Authorities on Monday identified the drivers in a two-vehicle Town of Martell wreck that left one man hospitalized. The injured man, identified in a Wisconsin State Patrol news release as 63-year-old Terry Guanella, was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. He was driving a 2005 Ford Taurus. The driver of the semi, 51-year-old Duane Allen Anderson from Hastings, was not injured, according to the release. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. The crash occurred at 6:25 a.m. near highways 63 and 29 in Town of Martell.
Close matches and missed opportunities punctuated three losses last week for the Raiders. The Hastings girls soccer team began the week with a Sept. 23 loss to South St. Paul, a Sept.
A body armor-wearing man brandishing a gun was arrested during a morning rush-hour traffic stop last week that temporarily shut down freeway traffic in Woodbury. Officers from multiple agencies conducted the Dec. 17 arrest on Interstate 494 just south of Lake Road.
Afton Alps is being purchased by the operators of one of North America's most well-known skiing destinations, officials announced today. According to a news release, Vail Resorts, Inc., has entered into agreements to buy Afton Alps and a ski resort in Michigan for a combined $20 million. The buyer plans to "upgrade and enhance" the skiing experience at Afton Alps and at Mount Brighton, Mich. Part of the acquisition strategy appears to be an effort to drive ski trips to Vail and other ski areas owned by the operator.
The Royals earned their first win of the season Friday night behind a strong second-half output and a powerful rushing performance from running back Junius Wilson. Woodbury (1-1 overall, 1-1 Suburban East Conference) defeated Hastings 29-23 at home, securing head coach Andy Hill's first win for the team. "We just threw down the gauntlet and said, 'Hey seniors, it's your year,'" Hill said after the game, his second for the Royals after losing last week to Stillwater. The Raiders jumped on the board in the first quarter after Woodbury failed to convert a fourth-and-one attempt.