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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Hundreds of Newport area residents celebrated the city's annual Pioneer Day Sunday at Pioneer Memorial Park. Families snacked on fresh corn on the cob and other festival food, kids bounced around in a large inflatable jumper and other festival-goers enjoyed a car show, craft sales and other entertainment that followed the Pioneer Day parade.
Erik Bendl has the world on a string, his dog Nice on a leash and many miles to go. Bendl is using an unconventional approach to raise awareness and money for diabetes research. The 49-year-old from Louisville, Ky., is walking cross-country, pushing his 6-foot inflatable globe as motorists and passerby crane their necks at the unusual sight. "It is an effective way to raise awareness," Bendl said as he walked through Cottage Grove Thursday toward St. Paul Park and points farther north. Bendl, a carpenter by trade, is on his fifth multi-state walk.
Tracy Caponigri wants to start a Cottage Grove community theater but wonders if it could fill a cast and draw an audience. Caponigri, a Park High School theater director and Hastings resident, is seeking feedback from Cottage Grove-area residents to her plan of launching a volunteer, local theater program. She has set up an online survey to get local residents' input on her idea and plans to reach out to prospective members of a board of directors.
A 22-year-old man faces attempted murder and other felony charges in connection with an armed standoff Tuesday at a house in St. Paul Park. Washington County prosecutors allege that Nathan A. Kluessendorf threatened to kill police and fired up to 40 rounds at officers while he was inside his home and they were outside.
A nearly five-hour standoff early Tuesday in St. Paul Park ended when a 22-year-old man who repeatedly shot at law enforcement was hit by police sniper fire, state investigators said. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the suspect as Nathan A.
Police shot a 22-year-old man early Tuesday after he fired "multiple, multiple" gunshots at law enforcement during a four-hour standoff at a St. Paul Park home, Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton said. The man was injured, arrested and transported to Regions Hospital where he was in surgery Tuesday morning, Hutton said.
Washington County Fair organizers want to show that their annual event is not just for the young and old. The fair board is trying to attract more middle-aged adults to the five-day event at the fairgrounds in Lake Elmo. The strategy for drawing that crowd to this year's fair - which begins Wednesday, Aug. 3 and concludes Sunday, Aug.
The U.S. Postal Service's consolidation of its two Cottage Grove facilities is on hold. The postal service earlier this year announced it would close the main post office at 7130 East Point Douglas Road and move operations to a remodeled annex building at 7523 95th St., across Highway 61. That consolidation still is planned, but the post office is short on money so is delaying construction projects at facilities around the country.
An elderly St. Paul Park man's death was called "a tragic accident" after the car his wife was driving hit him while he was working near the couple's driveway. Edward Howard, 83, was doing yard work Thursday evening near the back door of the home, which shares an area with the driveway. Howard's wife, Margaret, 80, was leaving the home in a full-size car and struck her husband while backing out of the driveway, St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said. Police were called to the home in the 1300 block of Marshall Avenue at 6:17 p.m. on a report that a man was hit by a car and run over.
South Washington County residents are too generous. Well, at least their generosity is too much for Stone Soup Thrift Shop to accommodate in its current space. The St. Paul Park thrift store is expanding as it sees continued growth in donations and shoppers and no extra space to store donated clothing and household items before they are sold.