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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U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy said tighter restrictions on travel visas don’t go far enough in the wake of a terrorist attack last month in Paris. The Seventh District congressman -- who represents St. Croix County -- said he imagines the United States as a house. Proposed changes to the visa waiver program -- through a measure passed earlier this month by the U.S. House restricting visa-free travel status for citizens of 38 countries -- might represent a padlock and chain on the front door, “but the back door of your house is wide open.”
A complainant reported Dec. 15 that a skateboarder was being followed by a car on County Road VV in Hager City. The caller thought the car was following the skater too closely. Deputies were unable to locate the car or the skateboarder.
One of five teenagers riding in a minivan that crashed and overturned early Tuesday in the town of Oak Grove was hospitalized. According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, deputies...
Editor's note: This story is from December 2015. Authorities confirmed Monday that a body pulled from the Willow River over the weekend belonged to a Hudson native. St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said Monday the body of 20-year-old Madeline Brekke was discovered at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday in a portion of the river near County Road A in the town of Hudson. Foul play was not suspected, Knudson said.
ELLSWORTH -- A Pierce County jury has convicted a River Falls man accused of sexually assaulting a child. Jason K. Metz, 43, was convicted Friday, Dec. 11, of repeated sexual...
Minnesota authorities said a River Falls man was driving drunk when the vehicle he was operating slammed into a police squad in the Twin Cities. The Minnesota State Patrol said...
A lengthy criminal history and a decision to steal a car led to more prison time for the last man sentenced in the case than the other two who escaped with him this year from a New Richmond corrections facility. Jesse J. Fairley, 26, was sentenced Friday to three years in prison and two years on extended supervision after being convicted in September of escape and taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent -- both felonies. A burglary charge against Fairley was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
A Prescott woman shot her boyfriend at their home last month, left his body in a shed for four days, then drove to Illinois, where she had another man take...
ELLSWORTH -- A check on vehicles parked in the yard of a Church Street house in River Falls led to a violent confrontation between the homeowner and a police employee,...
A caller on County Road O in the town of River Falls reported a possible fire Dec. 3, but then suspected the light might have been the moon. Deputies came to check out the area. It turned out that what the caller had been seeing was in fact just the shining moon. SUSPECTED POACHING --A caller reported hearing a rifle shot and seeing a spotlight at 9:24 p.m. Dec. 6 on 545 Street in Bay City.