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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Outgoing Washington County Commissioner Myra Peterson already has found a way to stay involved in rail issues, albeit on a smaller scale. A "garden scale," actually. After losing her re-election bid last month, Peterson gave an estimated 400 campaign signs to local model railroad enthusiasts. The corrugated plastic signs will be cut up and used to construct small buildings featured on garden railroad displays. Model railroad buff Rich Mullen of Cottage Grove said many hobbyists like to build their own scale buildings.
District 833 School Board members apologized for a problematic Spanish Immersion task force process that they created and signaled that they will not vote on controversial expansion proposals later this month. The process has "clearly not gone the way we expected," board member Laurie Johnson said Thursday. Following several weeks of contentious public meetings and dialogue among parents in District 833, board members said they want to take a step back and continue work on a long-term plan for the Spanish Immersion program, known as Nuevas Fronteras. Board Chair Leslee Boyd said she will wo
Washington County election officials on Wednesday wrapped up their work in the statewide governor's race recount. Election workers around noon completed the hand recount of the votes for governor on 103,725 ballots, said Kevin Corbid, the county's director of property records and taxpayer services. In the recount, which started Monday, Republican Tom Emmer gained an additional four votes in Washington County when compared to the election night totals, Corbid said.
The man called the "the referee in the sandbox" during the intense 2008 U.S.
The Crotteau family of Cottage Grove was ready Wednesday for the good deals that went on sale early Friday morning at Best Buy near Woodbury. Their camper, parked outside the store, was proof. Chris Crotteau and his family, including 11-year-old daughter Allison, were the first group in line for the store's "door buster" deals when Best Buy opened at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. They arrived Wednesday evening with a pop-up camper, which kept them warm over 36 hours. Around 3:45 a.m.
The work took just a matter of minutes, but the results will feed more than 150 families this Thanksgiving. Dozens of volunteers turned out Saturday at the St. Paul Park fire hall to package Thanksgiving food baskets to be distributed to south Washington County families in need. Each basket -- a large box, really -- was filled with a turkey, bag of potatoes, stuffing mix and other fixings. Volunteers, who bought the items at Cub Foods, later drove the baskets to 155 homes, mainly in Newport, Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park.
You may notice a new name on these pages this week. It's mine. Last week I started as managing editor of the Bulletin. I am new to the position, but not entirely new to the newspaper. More on that shortly. A bit about my background: I have lived most of my life in the east metro area. I'm a graduate of Stillwater schools - I can remember junior high basketball games against cross-county opponent Oltman - and of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. My wife is a Montessori school director and teacher.
Washington County election officials say they are ready for another statewide election recount. If a recount in the governor's race is called later this month, the county will hand count its ballots beginning Nov. 29, said Kevin Corbid, director of Property Records and Taxpayer Services and the county's top election official. The State Canvassing Board is scheduled to meet Nov. 23 to certify results from the Nov. 2 election.
State Rep. Denny McNamara will control a committee in the new Republican-controlled Minnesota House. McNamara was named chairman of the State Government Finance Committee. The panel oversees and controls spending in state agencies. The Hastings Republican was elected earlier this month to his fifth two-year term in the House. He represents District 57B. The GOP, which took control of the Minnesota House and Senate in the Nov. 2 election, announced committee chair assignments Wednesday. A chairmanship gives a legislator greater influence at the Capitol. Check back for more on this story.
Washington County's top election official said it could take at least another week or longer to turn over all election documents sought by the Minnesota Republican Party and governor candidate Tom Emmer. The Emmer campaign has requested documents related to Election Day polling place activity, absentee ballot information and other public vote data ahead of a likely hand recount in the governor's race. Kevin Corbid, director of Washington County Property Records and Taxpayer Services, said his department has provided some data to the Emmer-Republican Party legal team, but remaining requests w