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 "60 Minutes" television news magazine spent time at Woodbury High School this week interviewing staff and students about the novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The informal visit from a "60 Minutes" staffer came amid a literary debate about a publisher's plan to remove offensive language in a new edition of the Mark Twain classic. The Alabama publisher's recent decision - and an ensuing national discussion - prompted Woodbury High School English teacher Karen Morrill to write an opinion piece on the topic.
Federal prosecutors allege that a former St. Paul Park man produced pornographic videos of girls at his former home. Jose A. Soto, of Texas, has been indicted on 17 counts of production of child pornography. Soto, 40, is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Minneapolis, but St. Paul Park police officers helped other law enforcement agencies to bring a case against Soto. The indictment, issued Jan.
A man who used to live in St. Paul Park is accused by prosecutors of producing pornographic videos of girls at his former residence. Jose A. Soto, of Texas, was indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on 17 counts of production of child pornography. Soto allegedly coerced four girls into "engaging in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct," according to the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis. Pornographic videotapes allegedly were made at his St.
Washington County commissioners had a request for local lawmakers: give us some relief. It could take four months to know whether their request is fulfilled. Commissioners and county officials told area legislators Tuesday that the single-most important state issue affecting county government is the burden of program requirements that are not backed by state dollars.
Police were dispatched to Timothy and Wendy LaFrance's Cottage Grove home numerous times in recent years. There were medical calls, welfare checks and requests to help with family disputes, but police said they had no reason to suspect anything unusual when Timothy LaFrance refused assistance after officers were dispatched to the home last Wednesday. Yet, just a short time later, LaFrance called 911 to report that his wife was not breathing.
The Cottage Grove Renewal by Andersen location was among 13 Twin Cities area businesses to receive threatening letters containing a nontoxic white powder substance in recent days, according to the FBI. The agency is investigating the mailings, which occurred between Dec. 31 and last Thursday, Ralph Boelter, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis FBI office, said in a news release. The Cottage Grove Renewal by Andersen received the letter Thursday, said Maureen McDonough, director of corporate communications for Andersen Corp.
It was a daily routine: When I was younger, I would get the newspaper in the morning and turn right to the sports box scores to see how my favorite teams performed the previous night. That was the case for the professional sports that I followed, but also for my local high school teams. I couldn't wait to peruse the sports pages for that basic information. The way that we get that information is changing, but people certainly have a similar interest in getting their local high school sports scores as soon as they can.
The state of Minnesota wants 3M Company to pay for what it claims was environmental damage caused by decades of chemical pollution in Cottage Grove, Woodbury, other areas of Washington County and elsewhere. In a state lawsuit, Attorney General Lori Swanson said the company disposed of perfluorochemical, or PFC, waste and wastewater for over 50 years and it contaminated Minnesota ground water and surface water, harming natural resources and fish.
Cottage Grove resident Leon Moe is critical of federal health care expansion and on Wednesday was given a big platform to express that view. Gov.
Cottage Grove police have identified a woman found dead at a local residence Wednesday. Police said they found the body of 52-year-old Wendy LaFrance of Cottage Grove in a home after they were twice dispatched to the residence. A 52-year-old man who was at the home was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. Police declined to provide details of LaFrance's death, citing ongoing work by a medical examiner. They opened a death investigation Wednesday afternoon. "Nothing appears suspicious at this time," Cottage Grove police Capt.