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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Two of the Amish teens injured after a vehicle struck the buggy they were in this week in St. Croix County remained hospitalized Wednesday, June 28. The Wisconsin State Patrol identified the buggy driver as 19-year-old Alvin J. Borntreger and a passenger as 18-year-old Fannie F. Mast. The teens, both of Wilson, were listed in good condition Wednesday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
The Stilllwater lift bridge was closed Tuesday afternoon while workers attempted to fix an electrical problem. Minnesota Department of Transportation and Xcel Energy workers were on the scene of an outage located at power pole on the Minnesota side of the bridge, which connects Stillwater and Houlton. Workers said a meter socket blew, cutting all power to the bridge. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the outage occurred at 12:15 p.m. The outage likely wasn't the result of anything other than old equipment, according to workers.
A Hudson man whose visits around town last week left people on edge allegedly escalated to a weekend boat burglary and, after being released from jail, an unauthorized entrance to an occupied home. Less than five hours after being released from St. Croix County jail Monday, June 26, Hudson resident Robert A. Larson was arrested after an incident at an occupied home on Birkmose Park Lane.
STAR PRAIRIE — Jeff Taylor has to maintain up to 20 state permits at any given time. As general manager of Star Prairie Trout Farm, he said he must submit meticulously detailed paperwork to the Department of Natural Resources in order to keep Wisconsin's oldest continually operating fish farm in compliance. Otherwise, penalties from the state can put businesses "in serious trouble," he said. That's why he lauded a bill signed Friday, June 23, by Gov. Scott Walker at Star Prairie Trout Farm.
A St. Croix County woman died from an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday after she and two others were found on a boat over the weekend on the St. Croix River.
The Wisconsin State Patrol was investigating what led to a vehicle rear-ending an Amish buggy early Monday in a St. Croix County crash that left a teenager with life-threatening injuries. The State Patrol reported the crash occurred at 12:38 p.m. on Highway 128 near Highway 12 in Wilson. According to a news release, a 2014 Honda Pilot was northbound on Highway 128 when it struck a horse-drawn buggy from behind, the impact from which threw at least one person from the carriage.
The nation’s highest court ruled Friday, June 23 that a land-use ruling on a small patch of St. Croix County riverside property was constitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court decided 5-3 St. Croix County’s decision to merge two adjoining properties owned by the same family was correct, upholding the state court’s decision. Vote is 5-3; Kennedy is joined by Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
Janelle Peterson had a wish she posted before on Facebook. “Let the countdown begin,” the 11:22 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, post reads. “Just wait at least till midnight is my hope!” The post was in reference to the child she’d been carrying for months — a child who apparently had no interest in his mother’s timeline. Peterson, of Clayton, gave birth to baby Thomas-John William LaPage at 2:05 p.m.
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker says the legislative districts he and his fellow Republicans approved in 2011 meet every constitutional standard — and he believes the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold them.
A Hammond man escaped serious injury after a weekend motorcycle crash in Pierce County. Pierce County sheriff’s deputies were called to the crash at 3:27 p.m. Sunday, June 18, to County Road CC and 130th Street in the town of Maiden Rock. Officers learned the driver, identified in a news release as 59-year-old Donald A. Kranz, was westbound on County Road CC when he lost control of his 2009 Harley-Davidson on loose gravel.