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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What was once a young emergency response model in Cottage Grove is beginning to show end-of-life signs. For four decades the first person to respond to a Cottage Grove resident's 911 emergency call often has been a police officer who is cross-trained as a paramedic.
Theft Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a shoplifting incident Jan. 25. A 41-year-old Hastings man was cited for shoplifting after he stole $55 worth of merchandise. Two men in their 70s were cited for theft at Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, on Jan. 27. The men -- a 71-year-old from St. Paul and a 78-year-old from Minneapolis -- tried to steal two rolls of copper wire valued at $153, according to police. They were ticketed for shoplifting. Cub Foods, 8690 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft on Feb. 2.
More than $1,000 worth of tools and other items was stolen from garages at a Cottage Grove apartment complex. Police were called Feb. 11 to apartments at 8120 East Point Douglas Road for a break-in report. Thieves broke into three garage units and stole tools and a trolling motor. The stolen items were valued at more than $1,100 total. Another 11 garages were damaged but not entered. Total damage was estimated at $383.
A revived movement to keep Minnesota children safe from toxic chemicals is beginning in the Legislature. Three bills are aimed at removing chemicals such as formaldehyde and bisphenol A from products children use. "As a mother, I know parents are concerned about the chemicals their kids are exposed to," Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, said Thursday, Feb. 14. "The last thing a parent should have to worry about is harmful chemicals in their kids' food." "There is nothing we need to do more ... than protect our children," added Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji.
Police have identified the Cottage Grove man killed late Thursday when his car struck the concrete base of a railroad bridge near Mississippi Dunes Golf Links. Jonathon R. Cox, 35, was traveling westbound on 103rd Street when his Dodge Charger left the road, careened off a railroad bridge pier and crashed beneath the bridge deck, police said. Cox was pronounced dead at the scene. The exact cause of the crash was not immediately known but the preliminary investigation pointed to excessive speed as the main factor, Cottage Grove Police Capt. Pete Koerner said Friday morning.
Thieves made away with cash and computer parts in an early morning burglary at the Bulletin License Center in Cottage Grove. Police were called to the license center, 8599 West Point Douglas Road, after a security alarm was triggered about 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, according to police.
Washington County Board member Autumn Lehrke is the new chair of the Red Rock Corridor Commission. Lehrke, of Cottage Grove, will head the regional transit commission for 2013. The commission plans and advocates for improved commuter transit projects from St. Paul to Hastings, passing through south Washington County. Commission members selected Lehrke over Cottage Grove City Council member Jen Peterson, who also was nominated for commission chair during a Jan. 31 meeting.
A chance traffic stop in one city and perked-ear police in another helped connect alleged thieves to a Cottage Grove home burglary. A woman called police at noon Feb. 8 after returning to her home in the 10000 block of 70th Street and finding that the service door to her attached garage had been broken.
Puffin, Lucky and Caramel can stay in their Jeffrey Avenue home for at least a little longer. The three chickens, kept as pets by Cottage Grove residents Brian and Rykna Olson, got a reprieve after the City Council agreed to consider allowing poultry and fowl on urban residential lots. That decision last week allowed the Olsons to keep their three birds for at least another month, just as it also gave Cottage Grove resident Bob Burtman and his family several more weeks with their four ducks. "Our ducks are members of our family," Burtman told the council Feb.
Rep. Dan Schoen has entered the gun debate at the Minnesota Capitol as he proposes using law enforcement information to possibly limit gun permits to people with untreated severe mental illness. "This is not about trying to prevent them from getting it," Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, said of someone with a severe mental illness who seeks a gun permit.