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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RIVER FALLS -- Jim Madsen thinks the state can’t cut its way to success at its public universities. The UW-River Falls physics professor said he is concerned that last year’s cuts to the University of Wisconsin System could impact future opportunities as Wisconsin competes with neighboring states for students. Madsen made the comments Monday during a listening session held by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf at the River Falls Public Library.
A former Polk County jail worker convicted of sexually assaulting female inmates is headed to prison. Judge Eugene Harrington on Feb. 1 sentenced former Polk County Sheriff’s Department corrections officer...
A Hudson man led police on a chase that ended in his garage, where he guzzled a beer while barricaded inside his truck and didn’t give up until officers zapped...
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.
A two-man team suspected of fleecing rural residents in an unusual scam involving lightning rods is being investigated in St. Croix County. Chippewa County authorities announced last week that they are investigating two men for allegedly posing fraudulently as subcontractors offering lightning-rod work. St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office officials confirmed last week that they, too, are investigating a case involving the same crew.
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.