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 vigil for missing Cottage Grove native Danielle Jelinek drew hundreds to an area church Monday evening. An estimated 450 people turned out for a prayer service at Five Oaks Community Church. Following the private service, many joined on the church's front steps for a candlelight vigil. They sang "Silent Night" and encircled Jelinek's relatives and close friends. Five Oaks pastor Henry Williams, who helped to lead the service, said he believed there were about 450 people in attendance.
It wasn't like Danielle Jelinek to just disappear. The Cottage Grove native and Park High School graduate was living with her sister Cory in Oakdale and would talk frequently with family, relatives said. Then Jelinek went missing early Sunday, Dec. 9, from the home of an acquaintance in rural Chisago County.
Local school principals and administrators attempted to comfort concerned District 833 parents and students as they returned to class Monday after last Friday's Connecticut mass school shooting. In phone calls, conversations and emails, South Washington County Schools staff tried to reassure parents and schoolchildren that student safety is a priority, offered help to students struggling with news of the East Coast grade school shooting and suggested to parents ways to talk to children about the tragedy. Administrators reiterated the district has security plans in place, but deferred to prin
In 2002 Emily White and her husband Tom drove from their Newport home to Tinucci's Restaurant for a view of the passing Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. It was the first year the Holiday Train, adorned with Christmas lights, traveled through the U.S. but there wasn't yet a south Washington County stop on the route. So that year they just watched as the train passed through town. "That was the last thing we did together," White recalled.
District 833 staff reiterated that safety is a priority after south Washington County schools received calls from concerned parents Friday following the mass shooting at a Connecticut grade school. District 833 Communications Director Barb Brown said a number of local schools heard from parents regarding the East Coast school shooting that reportedly left 26 dead, including 20 children. The gunman and another victim also were dead. South Washington County Schools has existing school building and office security policies in place.
Volunteers showed up for a second day to search for a missing 27-year-old woman following her parents' plea to the public for help finding her. Family, friends and area residents returned Thursday afternoon to Chisago Lake Township where Danielle Jelinek went missing on Sunday.
Paul Lampland wants to make small businesses visible -- and visibly appealing -- on a really large map. Lampland, a St. Paul Park resident, has launched a business as a contractor for Google. He sells his photography services to businesses such as restaurants and salons.
A driver suffering from a medical emergency crashed his car into the front of a Cottage Grove home Thursday afternoon. The male driver was not seriously injured in the crash, nor were occupants of the home who were inside watching TV at the time, Cottage Grove authorities said. The driver struck mailboxes along the 8700 block of Ingersoll Avenue about a block before he left the road, drove up the front yard at 8345 88th St. S. and hit the home's concrete front steps.
A new frozen yogurt shop is ready to serve Cottage Grove. CherryBerry, which offers self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings, plans to open Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7750 Harkness Ave. It anchors one end of a Gateway North strip mall behind Kohl's. "We're excited to get the spot open," said franchise owner Mike Hofer, whose ownership group has 11 CherryBerry locations in Minnesota and North Dakota. Hofer said Cottage Grove is an attractive market because of its size and demographics. He said his group focuses on mid-size cities with young families.
Newport police say they are investigating a possible double stabbing but are not getting cooperation from the victims. The investigation started with one possible stabbing on Nov. 22 but expanded when a second victim was identified. Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said in a news release that Regions Hospital in St. Paul notified police shortly after 6 a.m. Nov. 22 of a possible stabbing in Newport. The victim was at Regions. In an initial report, the victim was stabbed at an unknown St.