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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ELLSWORTH — Two Minnesota teens were arrested after gunfire erupted at a party in rural Ellsworth. Pierce County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jason Matthys said the Welch residents were taken...
Beginning on Monday, dogs found in squalor-like conditions at a Pierce County breeder’s home will be available to new owners. Pierce County Corporation Counsel Attorney Bradley Lawrence announced Thursday that 68 labrador retrievers seized from a suspected puppy mill in the town of El Paso will become available for adoption on July 25.
River towns from Stillwater to Red Wing are expected to see water levels rise over the next few days, though forecasts are not showing flood stage being reached. The St. Croix River in Stillwater was at 80 feet Thursday morning and was expected to crest at about 85 feet early Sunday, according to to the National Weather Service . Flood stage there is at 87 feet.
BAY CITY -- Three people face felony drug charges after a raid last month on a 63-year-old man’s Bay City home. Members of the St. Croix Valley Drug Task Force...
LAKE PEPIN -- A state panel last week permanently closed commercial gill-net fishing on Lake Pepin. The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board voted Wednesday, June 22, to prohibit the fishing method, which officials say has led to protected and threatened fish being killed off in the Mississippi River basin.
The search for a missing Maiden Rock woman ended Thursday when her body was found in a car at the scene of an apparent crash. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 64-year-old Kathleen J. McCabe. Deputies were alerted to the crash at 11:08 a.m. Thursday on Highway 35 just south of County Road D in the town of Isabelle.
ELLSWORTH --Kari Jo Milberg, the Centuria woman at the helm of a 2013 auto crash that killed her daughter and two nieces, was acquitted Wednesday by a Pierce County jury...
ELLSWORTH -- Kari Milberg’s alleged use of the Facebook messaging app on the day her daughter and two nieces were killed in a car crash led to extensive testimony on...
ELLSWORTH — A psychologist testified this week that the driver in an auto crash that killed her daughter and two nieces is incompetent to aid in her own defense. Kari...
Editor's note: This story is from May 2016.