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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The Department of Natural Resources moved forward last week with plans to replace the Little Falls Lake dam and refill what’s currently an empty basin at Willow River State Park. The announcement represents the final recommendation by the department, which now begins its work with the Department of Administration to put those plans into action.
Rory O’Sullivan said he’s not sure if it was the luck of the Irish or just a coincidence that he became an American citizen on St. Patrick’s Day.
The airplane crash that claimed four Hudson-area lives last year in Polk County occurred after the plane was seen performing aerobatics, according to a report issued this month by federal investigators. The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) released factual findings from the July 27, 2015, crash near Amery that left pilot 44-year-old North Hudson resident Daniel Ortner and his three passengers — Eric J. Larson, 47, Michael J. Larson, 20, and Matthew E. Larson, all of Hudson — dead.
A 33-year-old New Richmond man accused of multiple sex crimes was convicted last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Trevor A. Rubrecht pleaded guilty March 16 to one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child. Multiple other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Child pornography charges were handed down last week against a Glenwood City man accused of soliciting underage sex elsewhere in Wisconsin. Joseph R. Brabeck, 64, made his initial appearance March 8 in St. Croix County Circuit Court, where he is charged with three counts of child porn possession and one count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
A Twin Cities man was arrested inside an SUV suspected at the scene of multiple crimes between St. Croix and Pierce counties -- including the theft of a church trailer. St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said the vehicle, a white Honda Pilot, was believed to be linked to more than 20 burglaries of storage units in Hudson, as well as the theft of a church trailer in Prescott.
St. Croix County officials know dry conditions will likely return here, in spite of a soaking rain that dowsed much of the area on Tuesday. When they do, the county will have a new resource — the Red Flag alert system — to handle widespread burning bans. St. Croix County Emergency Support Services Director Stephen T’Kach announced the plan Monday. “We are just entering our critical spring grass fire season and any dry spell will greatly increase conditions for fire dangers,” he said in a news release.
Bill Anderson had made it his personal mission to defeat multiple sclerosis. The Hammond man took up the cause in the early 2000s as leader of a cycling team that participated in the Minnesota MS 150 bike ride, where he helped raise thousands of dollars. At the time, the ride was a perfect marriage of charity work and physical fitness. “I knew it was my calling to get a cure and be an advocate,” he said. But in 2011, Anderson’s dedication to the cause abruptly became more personal.
A Minnesota man was severely burned after a fertilizer operation inside a semi-trailer exploded Wednesday in the town of Rush River. The man, identified by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s...
Rory O’Sullivan said he’s not sure if it was the luck of the Irish or just a coincidence that he’s becoming an American citizen on St. Patrick’s Day. “I just laughed,” the Pierce County prosecutor and Dublin native said about the timing -- a date he was assigned by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. “I guess God’s got a sense of humor about it.” O’Sullivan passed his citizenship test on Thursday morning. He’ll be sworn in during an afternoon ceremony in Bloomington, Minn.