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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The final credits rolled on the Cottage View Drive-In's 2011 season Saturday night. The drive-in's 45th year ended with movie fans huddled under blankets and nestled inside their vehicles on a brisk fall night. Screening on the drive-in's last night of the year were "Dolphin Tale" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II." The future of the local landmark along Highway 61 in Cottage Grove was on the mind of some movie-goers Saturday.
Accident Police were called Sept. 2 after a dog was struck by a car in the 8400 block of 80th Street. The dog was unleashed. The owner took it to a veterinary hospital. Police were called Sept. 7 to the 7700 block of Hinton Avenue after a Cottage Grove struck an apartment building while backing up in a vehicle. The vehicle had mechanical problems, according to the report. Counterfeit money Rainbow Foods, 7282 East Point Douglas Road, reported Sept. 4 that the store received a counterfeit $100 bill. The case is under investigation.
A dispute between Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke and a tenant living in one of his rental properties is headed for a courtroom as they trade accusations of poor property management and delayed and missed rent payments. Lehrke and his wife, Autumn, want a Washington County District Court judge to evict tenant Jim Berreth and his family from a St.
Halloween fans have a new local store to find the perfect costume - whether it's spooky, sexy or silly. Spirit Halloween Superstore recently opened its doors in Cottage Grove selling costumes, accessories and home decorations that vary from inexpensive to elaborate. It's the store's first year in town.
Former Park High School Principal Efe Agbamu continues to draw praise for being selected principal of the year even after she left the school. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar met with Agbamu in Washington, D.C. on Friday to congratulate her on being named 2011 Minnesota Secondary Principal of the Year. "There is nothing more critical than providing our children with a competitive, world-class education so they can be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow," Klobuchar said.
Park High School's homecoming activities on Friday will go forward as planned, after administrators addressed concerns that student pranks would disrupt an afternoon pep fest. Park Principal Craig Paul said he met separately Friday morning with the junior and senior classes.
A woman faces criminal charges for allegedly using a cane to hit another woman and damage a vehicle during an altercation in a Cottage Grove parking lot. Lorelei A. Sargent, 58, of West St. Paul, appeared in Washington County District Court last week on first-degree property damage and fifth-degree assault charges stemming from a June 21 incident outside the Kohls store. According to the criminal complaint: A 41-year-old woman was walking to her vehicle in the parking lot when a woman, who was later identified as Sargent, sitting in a van threw trash out the window.
A Cottage Grove man is charged with using small cameras to watch a woman and her teenage daughter in their home. Washington County prosecutors allege that Scott E. Olson, 37, mounted wireless cameras in a bathroom and other areas of a Cottage Grove house without the victims' knowledge. Olson was charged this week with interfering with the privacy of a minor, a felony, and interfering with privacy at a home, a gross misdemeanor.
Michelle Roberts experimented with an apple butter recipe for a few years, finally settling on a blend of ingredients that landed her fruit spread a blue ribbon at this year's Minnesota State Fair. Fresh off that win, Roberts now is exploring how to turn that prize-winning treat into a small business success. Roberts, a Cottage Grove resident, took first place out of 17 statewide entries in the apple butter category last month. It was her first time entering something in the canning competition, and she nearly did not compete.
A Woodbury man who allegedly punched another man at a Cottage Grove party, causing traumatic brain injuries, faces a jury trial next month for felony assault charges. Andrew J. Hagen, 21, faces charges of first-degree assault and third-degree assault in connection with the alleged incident last November. A jury trial is set to begin Oct. 17 in Washington County District Court in Stillwater. Hagen turned himself in Friday on a warrant related to the case.