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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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.
The Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce took over the Historic John P. Furber Farm in Old Cottage Grove for its fall banquet Sept. 28. Nearly 150 Chamber members gathered to review the year, socialize, recognize members in leadership, discuss priorities for the coming year and pass the torch from the outgoing Chamber president to the incoming president. The Chamber also named its annual award winners. They include:
A recent attendance boundary vote not only split District 833 School Board members but also divided more than a dozen candidates for the school board in this fall's election. The board's decision last month to establish new boundaries for its four middle schools proved the one topic that most differentiated candidates in a recent election forum. Fanned across the boardroom dais and a second table, 14 candidates fielded questions about their strengths and priorities, district finances and the fall referendum in a Sept. 26 League of Women Voters forum.
Randy Jay Grengs, 34, of White Bear Lake, was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic assault Sept. 7 for allegedly punching a 28-year-old White Bear Lake woman while she was driving in the 1600 block of Hastings Avenue. Joshua Eugene Hendrickson, 35, of Newport, was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic assault-strangulation Sept. 10 for allegedly choking a 31-year-old Albany, Minn., woman during an altercation about 2:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of 11th Avenue. Theft
Police are asking for the public's help to find a vulnerable Hastings woman who has not been seen for two days. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Friday that Amanda Jean Olson, 22, left her home about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, and had not been seen or heard from since then. She has cognitive and developmental delays, the BCA said. Olson has a history of being away from home for periods of time, but authorities are more concerned because she has not communicated with family or friends. Her cellphone appears to be turned off, and she is without her medication.
Three 13-year-old males, two from St. Paul Park and one from Cottage Grove, were referred to the Youth Service Bureau Sept. 8 for shoplifting at Kohl's, 7990 Hardwood Ave. A 55-year-old Two Rivers, Wis., man was cited for theft Sept. 12 at Wal-Mart, 9300 East Point Douglas Road. Disorderly conduct
A Woodbury woman reported Aug. 21 that her cowgirl horseshoe purse was stolen while she was at the American Legion, 328 Broadway Ave., during Heritage Days. The purse contained a Samsung tablet, horseshoe wallet, perfume and other contents valued at $390. A Cottage Grove man called police Aug. 22 to report that someone broke into his garage in the 600 block of Portland Avenue. He was not sure what items were stolen "as the garage is full of belongings."
Cottage Grove police are asking for the public's help after an 8-year-old girl reported an unknown man asked for the code to her garage door when he saw her outside home after school. Police were called 7:50 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, to the 6200 block of Hedgecroft Avenue. The girl said about 3:45 p.m. that afternoon she was going out to play after getting home from school and was approached by a suspicious man who exited a vehicle and walked up the driveway.
I want to talk about public education because I support public education. This came when I was in a bad school district growing up that pushed me from school to school. My mom tried to get me into the private school my sisters attended, but the school refused as apparently I did not fit their "one-child-fits-all" philosophy. The savior was open-enrollment into a nearby school district, which I am thankful for every day.
The annual meeting of the Cottage Grove Cemetery Association will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20. For time and location, call 651-592-6290.