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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Recent reported criminal activity: Theft Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported an attempted theft Jan. 19. The merchandise was found stashed in the store. The suspect was prohibited from...
A man is accused of selling methamphetamine in Cottage Grove. Prosecutors charged Kenneth E. Korkki, 31, of Richfield, with second-degree sale of more than 3 grams of methamphetamine, following the arranged drug deal earlier this month. The criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court says Cottage Grove police developed a confidential informant who claimed to have purchased drugs from Korkki in the past.
Bulletin staff writer Emily Buss has earned a state reporting award for her story last year about a group of World War II veterans who met annually in St. Paul Park for six decades. Buss took second place for “The last men raise a glass” in the Bulletin’s circulation division of the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. She received her human interest story award during the association’s annual convention last week in Bloomington. The story recounted the group’s history and the veterans’ final annual gathering last August.
Small business owners seeking office space — and their financial lenders — had an opportunity last week to poke around in Cottage Grove’s Business Enterprise Center.
After five school cancellations, here’s the forecast in District 833: There is a strong chance an extra day of school will be added to the calendar, with the possibility of additional days if South Washington County Schools is forced to close again due to bad weather.
South Washington County Schools cancelled classes and all activities Monday as the temperature dropped and wind gusts picked up. The district joined many other schools around Minnesota in closing Monday. It's the fourth closure for School District 833 this year. The National Weather Service forecast for Cottage Grove called for a high temperature of 7 below zero on Monday with wind chills as low as 41 below zero. Wind gusts could reach 25 mph.
Dennis K. Parmuat returned to his Newport apartment at 11 one night last March and started drinking. After downing about 12 beers, Parmuat took a dose of methadone provided by his wife, according to police and court documents. Parmuat, 32, was dead within a couple of hours and now his wife, Jennifer Marie Johnson, faces a murder charge. Washington County prosecutors on Thursday announced that they are charging Johnson, 44, with third-degree murder, alleging that she unlawfully provided a prescribed drug that killed Parmuat.
South Washington County Schools cancelled classes for Thursday, Jan. 23, due to cold weather. Superintendent Keith Jacobus announced the decision late Wednesday, joining many other Minnesota districts in calling off school as temperatures fall well below zero and wind chills dip even further. The forecast for Cottage Grove includes Thursday morning temperatures of 16 below zero. It's the third school day this year called off due to cold weather.
Wind gusts Wednesday morning toppled scaffolding at the new G-Will Liquors construction site in Cottage Grove -- for the second time in a week. One worker sustained cuts in the collapse that happened about 10 a.m., according to police. The worker had been taken to Woodwinds Hospital by coworkers before police and fire units arrived. An ambulance was cancelled en route. The construction site is on Grange Boulevard just west of Hadley Avenue, across the street from the current G-Will LIquors store.
Recent criminal ativity reported in St. Paul Park: Theft SuperAmerica, 545 Summit Ave., reported Jan. 1 that two propane tanks were stolen from the store. Loss: $110. The store also reported a $10 gas drive-off on Jan. 12. A St. Paul Park woman reported Jan. 5 that a speaker was stolen from her son’s car in the 700 block of Second Street. Fire Firefighters were called about 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7 to 1155 First St. for a vehicle fire. Two vehicles were damaged.