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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In many ways, the Cottage View Drive-In farewell celebration felt like the theater's early days some four decades ago. Hundreds of people turned out Thursday to say goodbye to the theater that will close its doors for good in the coming weeks after a 46-year run. The 900-space parking lot was roughly three-quarters full as collector cars from the mid-1960s and other eras pulled in alongside sedans, pick-up trucks and vans. Fans of outdoor movies and low-cost family entertainment showed up: Couples who remember the drive-in's early years.
The Bulletin is hosting televised public forums on Monday, Oct. 1, for candidates running for Cottage Grove City Council and mayor and the same positions in Newport. We'll be moderating the forums and are teaming with the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, but we want your help. What would you ask the candidates? We're aware of some topics in each city that are worthy of exploring in a forum, but we're also looking for other, not-so-obvious questions. Are there neighborhood concerns you'd like the candidates to address?
Cottage Grove's location makes it ideal for an affordable housing project. That's the assessment of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, which picked Cottage Grove as one of its targeted suburban development areas. Habitat plans three years of townhome construction in the incomplete Mississippi Dunes housing development west of Highway 61. Habitat's interest in Cottage Grove comes as it wraps up a multi-year development project in neighboring Woodbury. Both communities are appealing to many Habitat home applicants because the cities are close to Minneapolis and St.
They filed, they're campaigning and they'll square off next week. Candidates running for office in Cottage Grove and Newport will participate in a Bulletin-hosted public forum on Monday, Oct. 1. Voters in both cities will elect a mayor and two city council members on Nov. 6. The Bulletin forum will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in the council chambers at Cottage Grove City Hall, 7516 80th St. Cottage Grove candidates will participate in forums from 7-8 p.m. Newport candidates then will answer questions from 8-9 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend the forum.
Many Bulletin readers enjoy getting the print edition mailed to their home every Wednesday, but an increasing number also look to us online at swcbulletin.com throughout the week for daily news and sports updates. One area in which we provide more local information than any other news source is south Washington County high school sports. With a vibrant athletic community--a district with three high schools in addition to private and charter schools fielding sports teams--there are dozens of squads and hundreds of student-athletes to cover throughout the year.
Criminal cases are proceeding against three south Washington County residents charged in connection with the sale of heroin. Court records show that Washington County drug task force officers used a confidential informant earlier this year to buy a bag of heroin in a Cottage Grove parking lot, and two people involved in the deal have pleaded guilty to drug charges while the third awaits court action. The arrests came as east-metro law enforcement officers started drawing attention to what they saw as a dangerous increase in the amount of heroin being dealt in area communities, particularly a
A pair of suspects whose stories didn't add up were arrested in connection with a bungled burglary at a Cottage Grove business. Two men were charged Wednesday with felony counts following the disappearance of a truck, trailer a new all-terrain vehicle and a four-wheeler from 61 Marine and Sports in Cottage Grove.
Doreen Deutsch is a fixture at the Carpenter Nature Center on Saturday mornings. The Cottage Grove woman puts in a few volunteer hours each week, taking care of birds and helping out with other projects and events at the nature center in Denmark Township. "I enjoy it," Deutsch said of her volunteer work. "I enjoy working with critters and learning about the raptors." Deutsch was recently honored for her dedication to Carpenter with a Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the U.S.
Cottage Grove police say a traffic stop near a busy intersection led to two arrests, a suspect throwing a pop at a cop and the recovery of methamphetamine. The incident occurred about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, along Jamaica Avenue. Police Capt. Pete Koerner said an officer stopped behind a vehicle near the Jamaica Avenue roundabout at Highway 61 believing the motorist needed help. Instead, people inside the vehicle were in the middle of a verbal argument. The driver, Nicholas S. Karl, 18, St. Paul, was arrested for an outstanding warrant and on suspicion of driving after suspension.
Candidates in Cottage Grove-area legislative races laid out distinct positions on issues from job growth to education in their first two election forums of the 2012 campaign. Sen. Katie Sieben and her Republican opponent, Janis Quinlan, both said in a televised debate Thursday, Sept. 13, that their top priority if elected would be job creation but the Senate District 54 candidates offered different solutions. Quinlan said too much "red tape" confronts new businesses and that excessive state requirements don't make small business owners feel welcome.