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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A woman who St. Croix County prosecutors said was writing forged checks from an account that allegedly was being illegally accessed by her mother pleaded guilty last week. Courtney McConnach,...
Two siblings were injured last week at their Houlton home when a tram apparatus they were riding failed and crashed. The people, a 21-year-old man and a 9-year-old girl, were...
Polk County authorities said preliminary indications are that a prominent western Wisconsin lawyer’s death was accidental. Owen Williams, a former St. Croix County district attorney and practicing lawyer who worked around western Wisconsin, died Monday at his home. “It’s just a tremendous loss,” said Williams’ law partner, Nick Davis.
Two siblings were injured Wednesday at their Houlton home when a tram apparatus they were riding failed and crashed. The people, a 21-year-old man and a 9-year-old girl, were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with serious injuries, said St. Croix County Chief Deputy Scott Knudson. Authorities responded at 2:43 p.m. to 1436 Triangle Drive for a rescue call phoned in by another family member at the home.
St. Croix County prosecutors say a rural Somerset man kidnapped another man, beat him up, stole his car and destroyed his cellphones last week in Star Prairie.
An armed man allegedly bent on harming potential witnesses and prosecutors in a high-profile murder trial two years ago roamed the halls of the St. Croix County Government Center.
A Minnesota man was sentenced Wednesday in the case of a fatal 2013 St. Croix River boat crash that left his friend dead. Patrick Puhalla, 49, of Bayport, was sentenced in Pierce County Circuit Court to six months in jail, seven years on probation and community service. He pleaded guilty May 26 to one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of causing injury by intoxicated boat operation.
The man convicted of opening fire on a carload of people last year in Hudson was sentenced Friday in St. Croix County Circuit Court to 50 years in prison. The prison term for Minneapolis resident Ahmed Hirsi is to be followed by 35 years on extended supervision, according to presiding Judge James Peterson’s sentence. “You are, I would consider, a very dangerous man,” Peterson said at the hearing. Hirsi was convicted May 1 by a St. Croix County jury of 13 felonies, including three counts of first-degree attempted homicide after a weeklong trial.
A Somerset woman appeared in court in July on allegations that she stole more than $5,000 from a youth girls softball league.
The man convicted of opening fire on a carload of people last year in Hudson was sentenced Friday in St. Croix County Circuit Court to 50 years in prison.