Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.
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South Washington County Schools has agreed to a $50,000 settlement in an employment lawsuit, but school board members said it should not be viewed as precedent. The settlement agreement last week in a lawsuit filed by a fired Woodbury High School staffer came about two months after the district agreed to a $17,500 settlement in a civil case by a student who claimed he suffered injuries in a fall at Cottage Grove Middle School. And earlier this year, the district agreed to a $75,000 settlement in a racial discrimination case brought by a former employee.
The deadline is nearing for the eighth-annual Winter Lights and Decoration Contest, sponsored by the South Washington County Bulletin and the city of Cottage Grove. The contest recognizes residents who decorate their homes for the holidays. Entries are judged on holiday spirit, overall appearance, theme and use of LED lights.
More than 600 runners started their Thanksgiving with the Hale to the Bird 5K in Cottage Grove. The race drew 623 participants, the most yet in the event's eight-year run at Hamlet Park. Hale to the Bird raises money and donations for the Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park. Adam Elling, who organizes the run with his brother Matt Elling and friend Tim Maurer, said last year's race raised $6,000 for the food shelf. "Hopefully we can raise that again," he said. Final fundraising numbers will be available in the coming days.
Two former lawmakers could square off in a bid to return to the Minnesota Legislature.
Former state lawmaker Karla Bigham will run for the Minnesota Senate following Sen. Dan Schoen’s resignation announcement, and two GOP legislators also are considering running.
A 20-year-old Newport man reported fraudulent charges on his debit card after losing it Oct. 12. Police suspect a 42-year-old St. Paul woman is responsible for the several charges made before the card was cancelled. A 35-year-old Mountain Lake, Minn., man is suspected in a gas drive-off at SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., Oct. 16. A 49-year-old St. Francis man reported his dock stolen Oct. 17. He told police the 16-by-16 dock was chained, but not to a tree. Loss: $3,800.
An unoccupied home in the 9700 block of Grey Cloud Island Trail was broken into Oct. 20. A Sawzall and nail gun were stolen. Loss: $625. A license plate was taken from a vehicle in the 8600 block of West Point Douglas Road Oct. 20. Over $800 in bow and arrows were stolen from Walmart, 9300 East Point Douglas Road Oct. 20. Police are investigating. A theft was reported at Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Rd., Oct. 20. There were no charges.
Community United Church of Christ, 1145 Summit Ave. in St. Paul Park, is holding its annual art fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Friends and neighbors are invited to shop the fair which offers one-of-a-kind creations from local artists. Homemade soup and bread will be available for purchase to visitors while they shop. Art and Soul Pottery artist Marlys Rucker, shown above, will be one of the artists featured. She creates both functional and creative pieces.
State Sen. Dan Schoen is being pressured to resign from the Minnesota Legislature following a published report alleging he sexually harassed multiple women in politics. The women, including a fellow DFL lawmaker, shared detailed allegations against Schoen in a MinnPost story published Wednesday night. One former DFL candidate claimed Schoen made sexual comments about her and later grabbed her buttocks. A legislator said Schoen pursued meetings with her, including at his home. Another lawmaker said she'd been warned by lobbyists about Schoen.
Voters ousted South Washington County School Board Chairwoman Katy McElwee-Stevens in Tuesday's election, but gave three other incumbents another four years in office. Incumbents Katie Schwartz of St. Paul Park, Sharon Van Leer of Woodbury and Tracy Brunnette of Cottage Grove all held onto their seats in a 10-candidate race for four seats on the board. Second-time candidate Patricia Driscoll of Cottage Grove won the final seat as the top vote-getter in the crowded field.