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Nieskes: No charges in officer-involved shooting from Ashland County

An Ashland County sheriff's deputy's use of deadly force against a teenager last year was justified, according to the St. Croix County District Attorney. DA Michael Nieskes announced his decision ...
Mike Longaecker

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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Cold case unit renews 30-year search for missing Lake Elmo woman

Christine Swedell described her family's grief as decades passed without answers to what happened to her sister, Susan, who disappeared 30 years ago. Maureen McMullen / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry said the cold case unit he launched last year will take a second look at the disappearance of Susan Swedell, a 19-year-old Lake Elmo woman who was last seen 30 years ago. Maureen McMullen / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2
Christine Swedell held a birthday card she received as a 16-year-old from her sister, Susan. She does this every year on Jan. 19, the date she last saw her sister ...
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Wisconsin roundup: Walker calls special session to pass welfare reform; more state news stories

Gov. Scott Walker has the backing of legislative leaders for his call for a special legislative session on welfare reform. File photo
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker has the backing of legislative leaders for his call for a special legislative session on welfare reform.
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Hastings native seeks to unseat Smith

A second Republican is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by DFLer Tina Smith. Bob Anderson, a dental technician from Hastings, said Wednesday he will seek the GOP ...
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Wisconsin roundup: Western Wis. authorities search for fugitive sex offender; more state news stories

Authorities in Wisconsin and Minnesota are searching for 37-year-old Casey Thibodeaux, a convicted sex offender who allegedly removed his GPS monitoring bracelet and went missing. Photo courtesy of Vernon County Sheriff's Office
LA CROSSE — The Wisconsin Department of Justice says a sex offender who was on parole has removed his GPS monitoring bracelet and gone missing.
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Wisconsin roundup: Walker wants to close juvenile prison sooner; more state news stories

MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker now wants to close the Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake juvenile prison several months sooner than originally planned. Walker is pointing to a spring-time closing for ...
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Update: Fatal fire victim ID'd, cause points to 'unattended candle'

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Firefighters from the New Richmond Fire Department work to contain the blaze that started at 1745 Margaret St. in the Town of Richmond on Monday, Jan. 15. Jordan Willi / RiverTowns Multimedia2 / 2
Authorities on Wednesday identified the likely cause of a fatal fire and the identity of the child who was found dead in the house. St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson ...
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Wisconsin roundup: Sparta arrest is Pierce County man's 6th for OWI; more state news stories

SPARTA — A 55-year-old man arrested during an early Monday traffic stop has a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday. Scott Fedderly of Spring Valley faces his sixth operating while intoxicated ...
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10th Senate District special election: candidate profiles

Western Wisconsin voters go to the polls Tuesday, Jan. 16, to decide the next 10th Senate District lawmaker. Check out the following profiles of each of the three candidates on ...
Mike Longaecker

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

(715) 426-1072
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Wisconsin roundup: Willow River among state parks seeing fee hikes; more state news stories

Daily fees will be different this year at Devil's Lake, Peninsula and Willow River state parks thanks to changes in the DNR's fee structure. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia
MADISON — Get ready to pay different prices this year for the Wisconsin State Park System. The state Department of Natural Resources is changing things up with a new demand-based ...
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