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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Area roads proved dangerous over the weekend, with separate crashes that sent three motorists to the hospital. According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office: The first crash -- a one vehicle rollover -- took place about 7:10 p.m. Friday, May 15, town of Trimbelle. Dani R. Chilson, 23, N6295 910th St., Ellsworth, was driving the vehicle that rolled near W8642 640th Ave. She was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol may have been a factor.
A Baldwin man remained hospitalized Thursday, a day after the motorcycle he was driving struck the back of a River Falls woman's car in the Town of Hammond.
A body was pulled from a St. Croix County lake Wednesday by authorities searching for a missing man. St. Croix County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said a male body...
A little creative problem-solving went a long way in freeing a bear that found itself in an unusual predicament over the weekend in rural Pierce County. At about 10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 2, Pierce County authorities received a report of a bear with its head stuck inside a pail.
Thousands of dollars’ worth of booze and meat were the apparent targets last week in an interrupted burglary at a Hudsonarea supper club. The suspect, 21yearold Joseph J. Kellogg, is accused in a St. Croix County criminal complaint of breaking into the Valley House Supper Club, where hundreds of bottles of alcohol and racks of ribs were found placed outside the burglarized restaurant. The St. Paul man was charged April 23 in St.
Editor's note: This is a story about an incident in 2015. For details on the January 2017 fatal accident, click here .
A 12-year-old Woodville boy is recovering after being struck by a car Saturday, April 25, while riding his bicycle in the town of Baldwin. According to a St. Croix County...
State-level charges were dropped against a Minnesota man accused of possessing 27 pounds of marijuana during a 2014 bust in Hudson. According to St. Croix County court records, one count...
A 12-year-old Woodville boy was hospitalized Saturday after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in the Town of Baldwin. According to a St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office news release, Troy D. Ellsworth was headed west on County Road E at 9:46 a.m. Saturday when he was struck from behind by a four-door Infiniti I30 driven by Robert G.
The body found Sunday in the Apple River belonged to a St. Paul man, Somerset police announced Friday. According to a Somerset Police Department news release, the deceased man was 29-year-old Kevin Rhines. He had been reported missing April 2 by St. Paul police, the release states. The release states the cause of death and the circumstances surrounding the death remain under investigation.