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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A late-afternoon fire destroyed a Cottage Grove garage Tuesday and damaged the adjacent home. There were no injuries reported in the blaze at 6870 84th St. Crews were called to the home at 4:54 p.m. after the homeowners reported smoke from the garage. There were visible flames upon arrival, Cottage Grove firefighter Ben Mair said. The homeowners escaped uninjured as crews spent more than an hour dousing flames. There were approximately five or six small explosions caused by acetylene tanks in the garage.
Authorities were investigating the cause of a newborn baby's death Tuesday in Cottage Grove. A parent of the 3-week-old boy called emergency dispatch to report that the infant was not breathing, according to Cottage Grove police. Emergency crews were dispatched at 10:38 a.m. to a townhome in the 8800 block of 90th Street. An officer attempted CPR until medics arrived and transported the infant to Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury.
A St. Paul Park man who volunteered with the city's annual community festival was killed early Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash north of Prescott, police said. Richard "Ricky" Faulkner Jr., 27, was ejected from his car when it left a rural Pierce County road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Faulkner was traveling southbound on County Road F in Clifton Township when he failed to negotiate a curve just north of an intersection with Highway 29. The 2006 Dodge Charger left the road and rolled in an open field, stopping on its roof.
A St. Paul man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and other charges after a SWAT team helped remove him and his alleged victim early Saturday from a Newport motel that was the site of a police standoff and kidnapping incident last month. Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said in a statement that his department was asked by South St. Paul police Friday evening to help locate a kidnapping suspect and victim. They were found at the Sure Lock Motel, 1280 Hastings Ave. Police called the Washington County Special Response Team to assist at 1:15 a.m. Saturday.
Theft Von Hanson's Meats, 9030 Inwood Ave., reported on Oct. 28 the theft of six propane tanks from a locked cage outside the building. Loss: $300. A Cottage Grove woman reported Oct. 29 that her "slow down speed turtle" sign was stolen from the property in the 8500 block of Ivywood Avenue. Value: $30. A Cottage Grove woman reported Oct. 31 that $2,500 cash was stolen from her residence in the 8100 block of East Point Douglas Road. The woman said she had been away from the residence for some time. A Cottage Grove man living in the 11000 block of Kingsborough Trail reported Nov.
Park High School student Tyler Cheslog planned to be awake at 3 a.m. Friday -- and marching outside.
A Hastings man was killed and his passenger was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Manning Avenue in rural Washington County. Emergency crews were called at 3:08 p.m. on a report of a single-car accident along Manning Avenue/Highway 95 north of 70th Street, Cottage Grove police and the State Patrol said.
Park High School student Tyler Cheslog will be awake at 3 a.m. Friday -- and marching outside.
The Park High School senior took the ACT test this fall for a second time. He believes he got one question wrong out of 215 multiple-choice questions, and that was good enough for a perfect ACT score of 36. "Apparently they rounded up -- which I'm happy for," the 17-year-old said with a smile. The perfect score put Alverson in esteemed company. Only 28 Minnesota high school students scored a 36 on the ACT last year. Alverson is not the only District 833 student to earn the top score this year. Woodbury High School senior Erika Storvick also posted a 36 on her ACT.
A small number of office jobs at the Renewal by Andersen facility in Cottage Grove may be eliminated as part of Andersen Corp.'s plan to cut 250 positions. A majority of the company's planned layoffs will occur at its Bayport production facility, but nearly all Andersen facilities across the country will be impacted, company spokeswoman Laurie Bauer said Wednesday. "It isn't impacting production in Cottage Grove," Bauer said. However, she added that there "may have been some impact" to a couple of office positions at the facility.