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. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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Fight A 27-year-old St. Paul man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process after police found two men fighting at 2:20 a.m. Sept. 24 in the 300 block of Broadway Avenue. The suspect, Paul J. Weatherspoon, was transported to Washington County jail, where police learned he had five outstanding Washington County warrants. Police were called after 4 a.m. Oct. 6 to a parking lot in the 300 block of Pullman Avenue on a report of a fight. Two men were fighting but became defensive when police asked questions about what was happening.
Just as predictable as campaign signs popping up in an election season are the subsequent reports of political sign theft. Several Cottage Grove residents and at least one candidate called police in the past week to report campaign sign thefts. The thieves do not seem to be targeting signs of one particular candidate or issue, according to police. Here are some recent reports: -- A Cottage Grove woman in the 8800 block of Hallmark Avenue reported Oct. 12 that three campaign signs were knocked down in her yard. -- Cottage Grove mayoral candidate Chad Rediske reported Oct.
A Farmington school administrator is poised to become Park High School's next principal. South Washington County School officials announced Wednesday that Kerry Timmerman, a Farmington High School assistant principal, is their pick to lead Park in Cottage Grove. District 833 officials said Timmerman has a background in the International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement classes, the College in the Schools program, teacher hiring and evaluating and other experience.
Theft Holiday gas station, 8101 Hadley Ave., reported a $40 gas drive-off on Oct. 6. Later that day, the gas station reported a $38 gas drive-off. A woman in the 8100 block of Ingleside Avenue reported Oct. 6 that a bottle of prescription medication was taken from an unlocked vehicle. A Cottage Grove resident reported Oct. 8 that tools valued at $50 were stolen from a garage in the 8100 block of East Point Douglas Road. A Cottage Grove woman reported Oct. 8 that someone stole a laptop valued at $2,500 from her home in the 8800 block of Hadley Avenue.
A challenger for Cottage Grove mayor twice convicted of domestic assault said he is "very ashamed" of that past but voters should not judge him based on those criminal convictions. Mayoral candidate Chad Magle pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault in 2003 and again in 2004. The victim in both assaults was his girlfriend at the time; they are now married. Cottage Grove police responded to the calls.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken will tour two Cottage Grove school programs and a window manufacturer on Monday, a day after he visited town to support DFL candidate. Franken will visit Crestview Elementary School Monday afternoon to learn about its literacy programs and Nuevas Fronteras to observe the Spanish immersion program. Nuevas Fronteras and Crestview are in the same building at 7830 80th St. He will tour there beginning at 1:45 p.m.
Suspicious activity Police were called Sept. 30 to a home in the 600 block of Fifth Avenue on a report of suspicious activity at a vacant house. Officers found two juvenile males in the residence. They were questioned and told to stay out of the home. Drugs A 23-year-old Hugo man was cited for possessing drug paraphernalia after police found in him in a vehicle shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sept. 28 in the 100 block of 10th Street. The man had two glass pipes and other objects used to smoke marijuana. Fight Newport police were sent shortly after midnight Sept.
A public open house is planned for the new Cottage Grove City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 20. The open house will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation at 1:30 p.m. Self-guided tours will be available from 2-4 p.m. City Administrator Ryan Schroeder said employees will be stationed throughout the building to answer questions. Schroeder said the city is urging the community to visit City Hall during the open house because after that there will not be opportunities to freely roam the building, including in public safety areas which will be off limits to the public after the building opens.
A Cottage Grove City Hall project roughly 10 years in the making soon will be open to the public. Construction is winding down on the new city government building on Keats Avenue ahead of an Oct. 20 public open house. The bulk of construction has been completed, City Administrator Ryan Schroeder said last week. Much of the remaining work in the 67,000-square-foot building is cosmetic, such as touching up paint. New furniture was delivered last week, including cubicles that will be used in both the general government and public safety areas.
Theft A Cottage Grove resident reported Sept. 28 that someone stole two bags of clothing left outside for a veterans group. The items were stolen from a property in the 8800 block of 80th Street, but most items were found nearby. A Maplewood resident reported Sept. 29 that a backpack containing video game equipment was stolen from Belden Park in the 8100 block of Belden Boulevard. A construction worker in the 9300 block of 71st Street reported Sept. 30 that seven tubes of caulking valued at $35. Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft on Oct. 1.