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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PRESCOTT — Reports of a man missing in dangerous temperatures ended with him being found cold, but alive. Prescott Police Chief Rob Funk said the man was discovered "a little worse for the wear" during the Tuesday, Dec. 26, incident, though apparently free of serious injuries. He said a Prescott police officer found the man just south of town near St. Joseph's Cemetery along Monroe Street. The man had gone out to look for his dog — a trek that took him to the Mississippi River, where Funk said the man fell in.
A Minnesota National Guard helicopter was damaged this month while landing at Red Wing Regional Airport in Bay City. According to a Guard spokeswoman, the incident occurred the evening of Dec. 13 while a three-person crew was returning from a training exercise. The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter “experienced technical difficulties” while attempting to land Guard Capt. Holly Rockow said.
The National Guard reported a helicopter involved in a crash was being left at Red Wing Regional Airport on Dec. 13. A deputy taped off the damaged aircraft and provided extra patrol overnight. Elmwood speeding dispute draws disorderly ticket Deputies responded Dec. 17 to Project Drive and Winter Avenue in Elmwood for an argument between two men about speeding. One of the men was sent a ticket for disorderly conduct. Late night driver
A Pierce County Jail inmate faces new charges for allegedly attacking a man in his cell after an argument over television programming. Pierce County prosecutors allege 25-year-old Raymond N. Evans wrapped his legs around the inmate and began strangling him during a Nov. 19 incident in the jail. Evans, a Menomonie resident being housed on Dunn County sexual assault charges, has been in the Pierce County Jail since July 10. The alleged victim, St. Paul resident Ivan E. Shapiro, has been in jail since Oct. 19 on a Pierce County conviction for misdemeanor theft.
The first returns signaled early support for Rep. Shannon Zimmerman and John Calabrese in primary races to determine Republican and Democratic candidates for the Senate District 10 race in western Wisconsin. Most votes were in from one of the five counties in the district — Dunn — where Zimmerman held a 217 to 138 edge in votes over fellow Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow.
ELLSWORTH — A former UW-River Falls student who crashed into two pedestrians will spend three months on house arrest and another year on probation after pleading no contest this week to two crimes in Pierce County Circuit Court. The sentence was issued at the same Tuesday, Dec. 12 hearing, where Jacob Zwiefelhofer pleaded no contest to two reckless driving charges, one a felony, the other a misdemeanor. Judge Joe Boles' sentence calls for the felony conviction to be dismissed after three years if Zwiefelhofer abides the terms of a deferred judgment agreement.
A vehicle was reported stolen Dec. 9 from W7605 Highway 35 in Hager City. No known suspects were identified, but the vehicle was recovered later with minor damage. Thefts • A caller from First Street in Plum City reported Dec. 5 that a lawn ornament was stolen from the property. The complainant didn't seek prosecution.
A gunshot struck a River Falls business Thursday night after a round was accidentally fired during a domestic argument, according to authorities. That version of events was the most detailed yet in an incident that initially affected at least one UW-River Falls dormitory and shut down a portion of South Main Street late Dec. 14.
Dave Austin was captivated by media reports he saw about yellow Labradors rescued from an Elmwood-area man's kennel, so he and his wife knew exactly what they wanted when word spread that the dogs were being put up for adoption. The suburban Milwaukee couple figured there'd be a mad rush to adopt the puppies seized from Stuart West's town of El Paso home. "But the mamas that are 2 and 3 years old — people aren't looking so much to adopt them because of the babies," his wife, Cathie Austin, said.
I also recognize that health care is tied in with the workforce, the economy, and the available technological infrastructure. Gov. Walker's budget made a historic investment in broadband expansion. This helps rural hospitals who depend on having quick access to patient medical records and the ability to communicate with ambulances travelling on rural roads.