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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-- Deputies responded Feb. 5 to Highway 65 and 610th Street in Beldenville for a snowmobile crash. A 41-year-old woman involved in the crash injured her hip. The operator of the snowmobile was arrested on suspicion of OWI and was taken away by ambulance. -- Two snowmobiles were witnessed speeding past a stop sign at 12:39 p.m. Feb. 6 at 410th Street and Highway 72 in Ellsworth. The violation occurred in front of a deputy.
Hot air balloons took to the skies Friday morning as Hudson Hot Air Affair festivities kicked off in earnest. The event runs now through Sunday. Event highlights include a torchlight parade at 7 p.m. Friday in downtown Hudson, followed by fireworks over Lakefront Park. Activities continue Saturday, beginning with a 7:30 a.m. balloon launch featuring more than 30 hot air balloons taking off at E.P. Rock Elementary. Go to the Hudson Hot Air Affair's website for a full list of events and activities.
PRESCOTT -- In spite of what he described as a warm reception from community members, a Pierce County police chief’s effort to place “In God we trust” stickers on squad cars came to an abrupt end. Prescott Police Chief Gary Krutke announced on his personal Facebook page last month that he was asked to take the stickers off just days after they went up.
Two weeks at a time for the next five years, Steven E. Dolan will spend his time behind bars. The staggered jail term is meant to serve as a reminder...
HUDSON -- The terms of a plea deal brokered with Minnesota prosecutors led to a divisive sentencing hearing last week for a man convicted of killing his girlfriend and driving...
More than a foot of snow fell Tuesday in parts of western Wisconsin during a storm that led to treacherous driving for many motorists. According to the National Weather Service, Clear Lake in northern St. Croix County received 13 inches of snow as of 8:42 a.m. Wednesday. About 9 inches was measured in Roberts Wednesday morning, while Baldwin received 7.5 inches, according to NWS reports. Pierce County wasn’t spared, either.
A Plum City resident reported Jan. 25 that she has been receiving harassing phone calls originating from New York and Jamaica. The callers request large sums of money. In one instance, a caller portrayed himself as a U.S. Marshal. When confronted, the caller called the Plum City woman derogatory names and hung up. The woman was told not to answer future calls.
A Hudson man was airlifted from the scene of a head-on crash in the town of Troy that left him with serious injuries. St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jeff Klatt identified the man as 28-year-old Jeffrey J. Saas. The driver of the other vehicle, 50-year-old Prescott resident Cheryl L. Keller, was taken to Hudson Hospital to be evaluated for minor injuries, Klatt said.
The fate of two small parcels of riverfront land in the town of Troy is headed to the highest court in the country. The side-by-side parcels along the St. Croix River are separate -- or, at least that’s what their owners believe. The conflict arose after the family that owns the land began the process to sell one parcel in order to pay for improvements to a cabin on the other, located in the St. Croix Cove subdivision.
A Twin Cities man convicted in a 2014 gun-related case in St. Croix County was sent to jail for a year after allegedly breaking the terms of a plea agreement. John D. Butler, 20, received three consecutive four-month jail sentences during a Jan. 12 revocation hearing. Butler was accused in a July 24, 2014, incident in the town of Troy. Butler and several others were accused of participating in an armed robbery at 151 Radio Road, according to a criminal complaint.