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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A Cottage Grove man on Friday pleaded guilty in federal court to operating a more than $5 million real estate investment scheme, the U.S. attorney's office announced. Robert W. Dufresne, 46, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to one count of mail fraud and one count of money laundering. According to the U.S. attorney's office and the plea agreement, Dufresne sought investors to fund the purchase, rebuilding and resale of houses in Minnesota and other states between October 2005 and October 2008.
Depending on which Cottage Grove-area lawmaker is asked, Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal is either a starting point for legislative debate over Minnesota's $6.2 billion budget deficit or a fundamentally flawed plan. Rep.
There was an ice palace, a festive parade, drum and bugle corps, a royalty court with a king and queen and bevy of princesses. There even was a ragtag crew of Vulcans. St. Paul has its annual winter carnival, but six decades ago civic boosters from St. Paul Park and Newport brought a similar mid-winter celebration to south Washington County. The small-town carnivals of 1949 and 1950 were scaled-back versions of the saintly city's big-time festival. But to those who wore crowns and royal outfits, and to others who had a hand in the St.
A man charged with auto theft told Cottage Grove police he bought the car with a damaged ignition and steering column and that it did not come with keys, according to authorities. Police arrested Jake D. Novaczyk, 32, on Monday for outstanding warrants following a traffic stop in Cottage Grove.
You'll have to excuse Rose Wilhelmy for using the elevator Tuesday to get to the party that was in her honor. She was celebrating her 100th birthday - and probably had already used the stairs earlier in the day, and maybe even her stationary exercise bike. Wilhelmy strolled into the community room at Red Rock Manor in Newport to dozens of waiting relatives, friends and fellow Red Rock Manor residents gathered to mark her big day.
A 23-year-old man faces criminal charges after he allegedly punched a St. Paul Park police officer while intoxicated, causing what prosecutors described as heavy bleeding on the cop's head. Anthony L. Evans, of South St. Paul, last week was charged in Washington County District Court with felony fourth-degree assault of a peace officer and obstructing the legal process, a gross misdemeanor. The charges stem from a Jan. 31 traffic incident. According to the criminal complaint: Police officer Shawn Sonterre was dispatched at about 1 a.m.
The actors in Park High School's one-act play had a difficult task: keeping their performance under 35 minutes to avoid disqualification in competition. But the students said they faced an even bigger challenge in staging "The Children's Hour" by Lillian Hellman: convincingly portraying characters in a serious drama that takes on weighty social issues. They were successful, by at least one measure. Park took first place last week in a sub-section competition of the state Once-Act Play Competition, sending the school to Section finals Wednesday, Feb. 2.
Park High School student actors fell short of a trip to state one-act play competition. Park placed second out of four schools at section competition Wednesday. Only the winner, Eagan High School, advanced to the state One Act Play Festival next week in St. Paul. The Park actors staged "The Children's Hour," a drama by Lillian Hellman. Eagan staged "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
ST. PAUL -- A controversial first step to solve Minnesota's $6.2 billion budget problem is in negotiators' hands. Minnesota senators voted to trim $830 million out of the next state budget and $125 million from the current one Thursday, a bill similar to what House members already passed. In the next step of the budget process, Republican leaders say they will invite Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's administration to negotiations with lawmakers.