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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Locking your car doors and using an outdoor motion light may be the best bit of advice for Cottage Grove residents following a string of odd - but, in some cases, costly - acts of vandalism to homes and cars. Police in recent weeks responded to a number of unusual calls - from the property where feces and urine were left at the doorstep to the home that was smeared with Vasoline.
Justin Atkinson has fond memories of summer nights spent beneath the big screen at the Cottage View Drive-In. Atkinson recalls many trips from his home in Woodbury to the drive-in along Highway 61, where he and his family took in movies under the stars beginning in the late 1980s. "It's very near and dear to my heart," said Atkinson, now a Cottage Grove resident. Atkinson, a South Washington County Telecommunications Commission producer, last year used that personal history as inspiration as he went behind the camera to tell the story of the iconic drive-in, which is winding down its 45th
The cases are common: Washington County residents are duped into identity theft scams, victimized in fraud schemes or preyed upon in cyber crimes. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said successful local prosecution of those crimes is not a slam dunk, however, because in some cases the perpetrators are outside county prosecutors' jurisdiction, part of a national or even global scam and can be hard to track down. After his first eight months in office, Orput said he has seen enough of those cases to warrant a new program aimed at arming citizens with information to help them avoid becoming
St. Paul Park police fielded nearly 30 emergency calls and arrested or cited at least seven people for various violations during the recent Heritage Days festival. Calls ranged from fights to intoxicated revelers acting in defiance of police officers during the peak of the weekend festival. Most calls were between the night of Aug. 19 and the morning of Aug. 21. "I think things were pretty much average," said St.
Many Bulletin readers have stories to share about where you were when the terrorist attacks occurred Sept. 11, 2001, or how you learned of the tragedy. For some, including those who lost loved ones in the attacks or played a role in the emergency response, the memories are painfully clear. For others, details of that day may have faded, but the tragedy has shaped your views a decade later. Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the attacks next month, we would like to hear from you. We are asking readers to share their memories of Sept. 11, but also to explore how that event changed you.
Cottage Grove police community service officer Matthew Dahlquist often fields animal calls, retrieving loose dogs and cats and removing critters such as raccoons from a homeowner's yard. The work typically does not involve large, prehistoric-looking reptiles. Washington County park workers called police Thursday morning after they found an unusual reptile along the shore of a body of water at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. It is an iguana - OK, a big iguana - but police initially were told it was a komodo dragon, a larger and far more dangerous creature. Dahlquist said he didn't know
Hundreds of Newport area residents celebrated the city's annual Pioneer Day Sunday at Pioneer Memorial Park. Families snacked on fresh corn on the cob and other festival food, kids bounced around in a large inflatable jumper and other festival-goers enjoyed a car show, craft sales and other entertainment that followed the Pioneer Day parade.
Erik Bendl has the world on a string, his dog Nice on a leash and many miles to go. Bendl is using an unconventional approach to raise awareness and money for diabetes research. The 49-year-old from Louisville, Ky., is walking cross-country, pushing his 6-foot inflatable globe as motorists and passerby crane their necks at the unusual sight. "It is an effective way to raise awareness," Bendl said as he walked through Cottage Grove Thursday toward St. Paul Park and points farther north. Bendl, a carpenter by trade, is on his fifth multi-state walk.
Tracy Caponigri wants to start a Cottage Grove community theater but wonders if it could fill a cast and draw an audience. Caponigri, a Park High School theater director and Hastings resident, is seeking feedback from Cottage Grove-area residents to her plan of launching a volunteer, local theater program. She has set up an online survey to get local residents' input on her idea and plans to reach out to prospective members of a board of directors.
A 22-year-old man faces attempted murder and other felony charges in connection with an armed standoff Tuesday at a house in St. Paul Park. Washington County prosecutors allege that Nathan A. Kluessendorf threatened to kill police and fired up to 40 rounds at officers while he was inside his home and they were outside.