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 man at N1788 860th Street in Hager City reported Saturday, March 5, that people from a nearby resort were dumping minnows in his yard and water from their boats. Deputies investigated the report. -- A boater was stopped Sunday, March 6, on the Mississippi River at Bay City for a no-wake zone violation. The boat was seen passing four no-wake signs. The operator, who said it was his second time on the river, told deputies he didn't know if the no-wake zone was in effect all the time.
Fire destroyed a storage building on Saturday at a business in rural Ellsworth. The building, owned by Cleary Building Co., was located at W7740 520th Ave. in the town of...
Editor's note: This story is from March 2016.
A Hudson woman was killed Monday in Minnesota in a crash that authorities said might have been avoidable. The possibility that the driver of a second car was distracted is among things the Minnesota State Patrol will be investigating in the death of 22-year-old Megan E. Goeltz, authorities said Tuesday. Crews responded to the crash at 6:46 p.m. Monday at Highway 95 and 22nd Street North in West Lakeland Township.
A deputy was nearly struck Saturday, Feb. 27, while conducting a traffic stop at Highway 29 and County Road E in River Falls. The suspect vehicle, which didn't slow and passed at highway speeds, came within a foot of the officer and his squad car. The driver received a verbal warning. ICE BREAKER --Deputies responded to the Mississippi River at Maiden Rock at 6:58 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, for a report of a vehicle that went through the ice.
A vocal public weighed in on the latest developments for the Little Falls Lake dam project -- most of whom supported plans proposed by the Department of Natural Resources. Dan Baumann, DNR secretary’s director for western Wisconsin, said 50 comments were received during a month-long feedback process between December and January. Seventy percent of those comments supported the department’s plan to remove and rebuild the dam at Willow River State Park.
A St. Croix County jury on Friday convicted a Hudson man accused of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of guns in a 2015 burglary. Alex James Kranz, 24, was convicted...
ELLSWORTH — An Elmwood woman, irate over the presence of nearby hunters, let off a shotgun and later pointed it at a motorist and his son, according to charges filed...
HUDSON -- An errant bowling ball allegedly shot from a cannon during 2015 Fourth of July festivities led to criminal charges against a Spring Valley man. One ball blasted through...
A complainant reported a road rage incident Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Hwy. 65 and 820th Street in the town of River Falls. A small black car passed the complainant, then slammed on its brakes. The complainant was forced to stomp her brakes to avoid a collision. A deputy investigated the report. Anonymous 911 call, arrest