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 Cottage Grove woman is accused of engaging in repeated sexual activity with a teenage boy she had cared for and babysat. Desiree D. Cruz, 29, is scheduled to appear in Washington County District Court next week on charges of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct, both felonies, for allegedly engaging in sexual activity and penetration with a boy during a two-year period. The alleged incidents began when the victim was 15 and Cruz was 26. Cruz had cared for the boy from when he was age 8 to when he was 10 years old.
College won't be a new experience for many of this year's Math and Science Academy graduates. Most of the 25 graduates from the Woodbury charter school spent part of their senior year attending area universities through a post-secondary enrollment program.
One group of District 833 graduates is planning to leave high school with two diplomas. The 2012 graduating class includes 15 students who were the first to complete the district's International Baccalaureate full-diploma program. The program, which was launched in District 833 in 2010, combines rigorous college preparatory classes with intense writing assignments and a time-consuming community service project.
Authorities are investigating the death of a Cottage Grove man who was found unresponsive in an Illinois jail cell. The Kane County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday is it investigating the death of Keith D. Renfroe, 20, after he was found unresponsive in his cell and later died after being removed from life support at a Chicago-area hospital. Renfroe was booked into the Kane County jail on May 18 for alleged felony criminal trespassing, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. A jail officer saw Renfroe standing by the sink and toilet area of his cell shortly before 2 a.m.
State officials earlier this year fined 3M's Cottage Grove operation for air-quality violations. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced recently that 3M-Cottage Grove's abrasive systems division was issued a $4,000 penalty in January for air-quality violations. The company had reported the violation and it paid the fine in January, according to MPCA records. The violation stemmed from testing conducted in July 2011.
The contract for the incoming District 833 schools chief includes a larger salary and lacks terms that were at the center of controversy surrounding Superintendent Mark Porter's dismissal. Keith Jacobus agreed to the South Washington County School Board's contract offer, which puts his first-year superintendent salary at $178,000 and provides annual raises and other terms that are standard in the field, the board's attorney said. The board unanimously voted to approve the contract offer during a meeting Thursday, May 24.
South Washington County military veterans were honored during a series of short services at area cemeteries on Memorial Day. Members of the St. Paul Park-based American Legion Post 98, Voiture 33 and the Cottage Grove VFW Post 8752 visited eight cemeteries on Monday to honor fallen local veterans with an Honor Guard rifle salute and by reading their names aloud and playing Taps. They stopped at the Mississippi River on Grey Cloud Island to lay a wreath and read the names of former local Legion members who are buried in area cemeteries and elsewhere.
Concerned about new school start times in School District 833? Don't be - for now. Frustrated by the prospect of charging bus fees for choice academic programs? There's no need to be - yet. Worried about kids walking up to two miles to school?
The South Washington County School District is providing Mark Porter a severance payment, cashed-out vacation and sick time and retirement benefits in a deal that averts a threatened lawsuit from the ousted superintendent. Under terms of his contract and an agreement reached last week, Porter will receive a severance of $36,758 in addition to cashed-out vacation and sick-leave hours and nearly $21,000 in his retirement account. Porter and the District 833 School Board's attorney said in separate interviews the agreement represents an amicable separation.
A contract offer for the incoming District 833 schools chief includes a larger salary and lacks terms that were at the center of controversy surrounding Superintendent Mark Porter's dismissal. The South Washington County School Board offerred Keith Jacobus a superintendent salary of $178,000 a year with modest annual raises and other terms that are standard in the field, the board's attorney said. Board members unanimously voted to approve the contract offer during a meeting Thursday, May 23.