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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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.
It's 3-for-3 for School District 833. South Washington County voters agreed to pay more for classroom spending and to chip in extra money for technology improvements over the next decade. Voters overwhelmingly approved a renewal of the district's largest operating levy in Tuesday's election, sparing the district of what administrators said would have been $15 million in spending cuts. They said the reductions would have reduced staff, increased class sizes and affected transportation and other programs.
Renew, retain and reinvest. That's one way to describe South Washington County Schools' pitch for its three-question referendum on the election ballot Tuesday, Nov. 7. Voters will decide whether to renew District 833's largest operating levy, increase local property tax revenue to protect school programming, and spend more on classroom technology.
Voters in the South Washington County School District will see 15 names on the school board election ballot. There are 10 candidates running for four open seats on the school board. Those are four-year terms. The candidates are: Tracy Brunnette, Patricia Driscoll, Thor Halverson, Alexandra Hedberg, Doug Hoffman, Katy McElwee-Stevens, David Pyrz, Katie Schwartz, William Thurmes and Sharon Van Leer.
Cottage Grove got into the Halloween spirit with the 10th-annual Monster Bash parade Saturday, Oct. 28. The Halloween parade, a fundraiser for Strawberry Fest, drew costumed kids and their bundled-up parents, who lined the route along East Point Douglas Road.
The South Washington County School Board wants Superintendent Keith Jacobus at the helm for another three years. On the heels of a glowing performance evaluation, the board will negotiate a contract renewal with Jacobus to retain him as the top District 833 administrator through the 2020-21 school year. Board members conducted Jacobus' annual performance evaluation in closed session last month. They concluded that he has exceeded expectations, board member Sharon Van Leer reported in a summary last week.