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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Dr. Sheri Hibbett doesn't have to drive by the family business anymore to work for someone else. The optometrist joins her husband, Dr. Jeff Bieter, full time at Bieter Eye Center in Cottage Grove. "I love it," Hibbett said. "It's nice to be building up my own patient base at my own business." Hibbett, who has been an optometrist for 16 years, worked at area Pearle Vision stores as the four-year-old business grew. Hibbett offers eye exams for adults and children, contact fittings, eye disease and infection treatment and dry eye treatment.
Sandwich-lovers will have a new option in Cottage Grove early next year if a Milwaukee-based company's plans come to fruition. Cousins Subs announced this week it plans to open two to three locations in Cottage Grove. "It's a reasonably sized city ... but it's still not Minnetonka or Minneapolis," said Mark Cairns, the company's director of franchise sales. "We can go into a town like that and become a player in town." The company is in the process of identifying specific locations for shops, and seeking out franchisees to run them, Cairns said.
Two more men were charged in connection with an Aug. 1 fight outside of a St. Paul Park gas station that left a man in critical condition with head injuries. Jim Lee, 22, and Tong Xiong, 22, both of St. Paul, were charged recently in Washington County District Court in connection with the alleged beating of Keith A.
More investments in transportation are needed, said local political candidates who spoke at a transportation forum Thursday in Cottage Grove, but increasing spending will be tough to do in the current economic climate, some said. Increasing the gas tax, motor vehicle sales tax or other fees are three options offered by the Transportation Alliance, the organization that sponsored the forum held at the Washington County Government Center in Cottage Grove. "We have to be aware of the public sentiment for raising taxes right now," said Sen.
She may be 71 years old, but Tina Luymes can interact with ease with the "goths," "emos," "metal kids" and anyone else who walked through the doors of her 25-year business In Concert. "Some people come in and they see the kids and they're a little scared," Luymes said. "These kids are harmless ... it's all fad stuff." On Friday -- one of the store's last days in business -- Luymes joked with shopper Andy Rowe that his oversized ear piercings could save him should he ever get shot -- the bullets could pass right through the around-3-inch diameter of the holes.
A group of 17 Mormon students attending District 833's high schools set their alarm clocks an hour early each school day, and they say they wouldn't have it any other way. Sure, waking up early is tough, but some of the students who gathered at a home in Cottage Grove's Timber Ridge Estates neighborhood last Wednesday morning said they wouldn't trade seeing their friends or starting their day in a spiritual way. "It's kind of an uplifting way to start the day," said Sarah Amezcua, Woodbury High School student. At 7 a.m.
A grand jury found that four officers were justified in fatally shooting Jeffrey Clausen in Cottage Grove July 7, following an undercover weapons buy, according to a press release from the Washington County Attorney's Office. The grand jury heard the case on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cottage Grove officer Matt Foucalt and Woodbury officers Chris Donahoe, Jeff Gort and Chris Ployhart -- members of the Washington County Special Response Team -- fired on Clausen following a traffic stop on Hadley Avenue near Belden Boulevard.
Two St. Paul Park men are charged with allegedly abusing four children ages 4 through 11. Jon A. Heise, 32, and Harley D. Manning, 22, are charged with allegedly punching, burning and choking the children between March 15 and June 15, according to the Washington County District Court Complaint. The kids, ages 4, 7, 9 and 11, are not in protective custody, but they are distanced from the men accused of abusing them, said St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan. The children's mother was dating Manning, and Heise was Manning's friend, the complaint says.
Two women were charged with mail theft after a Cottage Grove man spotted them while walking his dog and called police. Chelsea J. Johnson, 30, of Maplewood, and Wanda L. Warden, 31, of South St. Paul, were seen going through mailboxes on Timber Crest Drive in Cottage Grove, according to the Washington County District Court Complaint. Police responded to the area, and saw 10 mailboxes from 6610 Timber Crest Drive to 6642 Timber Crest Drive and four mailboxes from 6600 Timber Crest Drive to 6624 Timber Crest drive were open, according to the complaint.
A Cottage Grove man was charged with aiding and abetting theft for allegedly breaking into vehicles and stealing items. Kevin M. Dotson, 20, admitted to police that he stole a $1,000 Dell laptop computer, a $100 pair of snowshoes and other items from vehicles, according to the Washington County District Court Complaint. Police found Dotson and another man in the 1700 block of Century Circle in Woodbury around 4:33 a.m.