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 St. Paul man who reportedly “hated” one of his co-workers brought a knife to his Bailey Nurseries job and stabbed the man to death, according to a criminal charge filed Friday.
Recent criminal activity reported in Cottage Grove: Theft A male Park High School student reported that an iPod was taken from the school on Jan. 31. No value was listed. A 12-year-old Cottage Grove male was referred to the Youth Service Bureau for theft after police say he took a video game system valued at $255 from a home in the 7600 block of Hinton Avenue. G-Will Liquors, 6990 80th St., reported a possible theft of alcohol on Jan. 31.
State officials will conduct another study of Cottage Grove and other east-metro residents’ perfluorochemical exposure levels.
School District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus is forming a new advisory council to get input on local education issues. Jacobus said last week he is starting the Superintendent’s Advisory Council, which will meet monthly beginning this spring. It will be a venue to talk in more depth about school issues, he said. “I’m excited to start that,” Jacobus told the School Board Feb. 6. The council will include South Washington County Schools students, staff and parents as well as district residents.
Police are investigating a reported armed robbery in Cottage Grove. Three male suspects armed with a handgun entered a home in the 8700 block of Iden Avenue and stole money and a cellphone, according to police. The robbery was reported shortly after midnight Jan. 19. The homeowner was not injured in the robbery. A 17-year-old Inver Grove Heights boy was petitioned in Washington County juvenile court for aiding a first-degree aggravated robbery.
Recent criminal activity reported in Cottage Grove: Theft Holiday gas station, 8101 Hadley Ave., reported a $30 gas drive-off Jan. 23. A Cottage Grove woman reported Jan. 27 that her clothes ($750) were stolen from the Tumble Fresh laundromat at 8470 East Point Douglas Road. G-Will Liquors, 6990 80th St., reported a possible theft on Jan. 28. The case is under investigation. OfficeMax, 9010 Jamaica Ave., reported a theft Jan. 28. A male suspect entered the store, took three printers and left in a vehicle.
Snarky quips. Subtle political barbs. Big issues sometimes reduced to back-and-forth squabbles. You won’t hear much of that at a Cottage Grove City Council meeting, where cordiality usually reigns. It’s a different story on Facebook and Twitter, where council members and other politicos sometimes trade shots at one another and replace benign chatter with blunt opinion.
3M-Cottage Grove was tagged for what state officials said was a minor environmental violation late last year.
District 833 will not add days this school year to make up for weather-related closures last month. But South Washington County Schools is eyeing an April date as a possible make-up day should the district have to cancel classes a sixth time due to snow or severe cold.
Evan Bonneson is headed back to state and will bring a couple of District 833 teammates with him this time. Bonneson, a senior at Park, finished fifth in the Section 1 Nordic skiing championship last week to qualify for a return trip to the state meet Thursday, Feb. 13. East Ridge’s Sam Boardman and Megan Schiferl also qualified for state after finishing third and eighth in their respective races at the Section 4 championship last week.