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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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.
An Afton man was named the Republican Party of Minnesota's newest communications director. Craig Westover, 61, was selected by state GOP Chairman Tony Sutton to replace the party's outgoing communications director, according to a Monday news release. Westover, a former Pioneer Press columnist and conservative think tank member, joined party staff May 1. "As an op-ed writer and a think tank analyst, Craig has a solid reputation as a strong, principled voice for conservatism," Sutton said in the news release. Westover replaces Mark Drake, who departed for a private sector communications job,