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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When Jim Kosmo set out to write the story of John Kriesel -- the Cottage Grove national guardsman who lost his legs in a roadside bombing in Iraq -- he wanted to share Kriesel's formula for staying extraordinarily positive in spite of trying circumstances. Kosmo, the author of a soon-to-be-released book about Kriesel's experience, didn't necessarily get a formula, but he learned that Kriesel had always been one to look at the bright side, he said. "I've learned that it's worth the extra work to look at the positive things," Kriesel said.
A 14-year-old Cottage Grove girl is missing, and police think she might have left the state with a registered sex offender who has a rap sheet that includes violent crimes. Police are seeking information on the whereabouts of Angela Margaret Tschida, who they believe is with Alexius J. McMullin, 36. Police believe she left with McMullin, a friend of her family, voluntarily. She has been missing since July 2. Since then, police have been talking to friends, doing forensics on the family's computer and following other leads, said Cottage Grove Police Department Detective Tom Ueland.
The challenging thing about the gift shop business is that nobody needs what you sell, said the new owner of the Cottage Grove Hallmark Gold Crown store. "It's not like the grocery store where you have to go every week, and so we work hard to make it more exciting and more fun to keep people coming back regularly," said Brad Boogren, who now runs the store at 7282 E.
Cottage Grove residents Alfred and Jackie Tamba wed 18 years ago, but it feels like they celebrated their nuptials only yesterday ... probably because the wedding of their dreams was just last month. On June 12, the couple had the wedding they couldn't have when they were married in war-torn Monrovia, Liberia, in 1992. "It was horrible," Alfred said.
Cottage Grove resident Jeff Krumrie doesn't consider himself an environmentalist, and he hates the term "green." "I'm so sick of it because it's like a religion now," he said. Yet, he uses an environmentally safe lawn service, has a water-saving, dual-flush toilet attachment and last month he was in the process of having a geothermal heating and cooling system installed at his Indian Boulevard home. "I try to conserve wherever I can because ultimately we're the ones who are going to fix these things," he said. He's one of a growing number of people installing geothermal systems to save ene
Thieves stole the rock monument sign that marks the entrance to The Preserve, a housing development at 67th Street and Jamaica Avenue in Cottage Grove where only a model home has been built so far. The sign -- reportedly worth $10,000 -- was reported stolen Tuesday, July 6. The theft is one of many that have occurred on the site, said Matthew Reiland, a former employee of the site's original developer, Johnson-Reiland Construction, Inc. When no one was living in the model home there, people spray-painted its windows, he said.
In a season when most Minnesotan's minds are on barbecues and beaches, Ryan Paul is thinking of snow. At this time last year, freshly graduated from Park High school, Paul was at Mount Hood in Oregon living out of his car all summer on the little bit of graduation money he had left after paying for a $900 season snowboarding pass. His work on the snow is paying off though.
Fourteen-thousand pounds of sweet corn are free for the taking at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Cottage Grove Tuesday afternoon. Cottage Grove resident Dan Zwakman said he'd be out at the church parking lot -- located at Keats Avenue and 80th Street -- until about 6 p.m. Tuesday handing out the free ears, which were part of a large donation to the St. Paul Evangelical Food Shelf. The organization wants to give away the corn fast so that it doesn't go bad and go to waste.
A Cottage Grove man was charged for allegedly burglarizing a Cottage Grove home. Eric L. Eberspacher, 20, is charged with second-degree burglary, theft and receiving stolen property for the alleged burglary and a theft from the back of a pickup truck parked in Cottage Grove. According to the Washington County District Court Complaint, officers responded to a residence in the 8800 block of Inwood Avenue around 6 p.m. Friday, June 11, on a call of a burglary.
The community of Cottage Grove-based hip hop musicians is larger than most people know, a group of local artists says, and they plan to prove it with a day-long event Saturday, June 5, at the VFW Red Barn. "It's been a thing that's been going on in our community for a long time, but it's something that's continued to stay in the underground culture," said organizer Jared Muennich of Cottage Grove.