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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Hudson fire crews rescued a victim Monday after he got caught in the waterfall system in Willow River State Park. The victim, described by Hudson Fire Department Capt. Mike Spencer...
A man who allegedly led Wisconsin State Patrol troopers on a high-speed chase on Interstate 94 into St. Croix County was hospitalized early Thursday. The man, an 18-year-old from Minneapolis,...
For the most part, the drivers never know what hit them. One moment they’re tailgating the car in front of them or zipping along well above the posted speed limit. Before they know it, there’s a squad car racing up from behind them with red lights flashing and sirens blaring. Little did the drivers know they were nailed from 2,000 feet above by a nondescript Cessna airplane. “It makes it a lot easier having the airplane up,” said Altoona Police Lt. David Livingston.
Cops and their K-9 partners will be gunning to be top dog this month in Hudson. The United States Police Canine Association will hold regional trials June 12-14 at multiple locations in Hudson, where the public can get a look at the various disciplines officers and police dogs must master in order to receive their certification. “It’s a certification, but it’s also a competition,” said St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Lt. Jason Sykyora, who heads up his agency’s K-9 team.
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...
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 Twin Cities man made his first court appearance last week on allegations that he raced away from a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper at more than 100 mph last month...
Michael Nieskes is hoping to become the first prosecutor since the 1980s not named Eric Johnson to hold the title of St. Croix County attorney. Nieskes, who serves as deputy DA under Johnson, confirmed last week that he will be running for the office. Johnson announced in late April that he will not be seeking re-election in the fall. “It’s a great opportunity to serve,” Nieskes said last week. “I think I’m the best choice for it.”
Ray Cross didn’t bother to put a happy face on it. “I don’t think any of us here have to be told this is a difficult time,” the University of Wisconsin System’s president said to members of the UW-River Falls community during a listening session he held Wednesday, April 27, at the University Center.
One man was arrested and another man was treated for a minor injury after an apparent street brawl Tuesday in New Richmond. Officers responded at 5:54 p.m. to the 500...