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 small St. Paul Park congregation's hopes to soon host worship and community meals in its new church were crushed, at least for the time being, when construction framing for its building expansion toppled due to improper construction. Household of Faith Church members who were volunteering their time to build the addition had just spent Wednesday using a crane to place trusses on the structure. Walls were erected and the volunteer builders were planning to enclose the two-story building. But it all collapsed overnight, leaving damaged walls, tangled trusses and heaved brickwork.
A Cottage Grove man is accused of trashing a home and torturing a cat that belonged to an Oakdale woman who had provided him a place to stay. Scott A. Eberspacher, 34, faces two felony charges in Washington County District Court in connection with an October incident and the family's subsequent discovery of their dead cat in the garage. According to the criminal complaint: The woman had allowed Eberspacher to move in temporarily because he needed a place to stay. When she returned home in the evening of Oct.
State experts reported a significant decline in perfluorochemical levels found in residents of Cottage Grove and other east-metro communities where the 3M-manufactured chemical had polluted drinking water, but lingering concerns have some officials calling for continued study. The Minnesota Department of Health said last week that a biomonitoring pilot project showed a decline in PFC blood levels in a sampling of Washington County citizens living near areas of documented PFC ground contamination.
A Cottage Grove resident was arrested early Friday for alleged drunken driving and drug possession after he followed home a juvenile driver whom he claimed had cut him off and then caused a scene outside the home. According to a Cottage Grove police report: The father of a juvenile male called police at 12:04 a.m. Friday to report that a vehicle followed his son home and that the driver was parked outside the residence honking the horn and yelling at him. The suspect then fled. Police located the suspect, a 48-year-old man, at his Irish Avenue home.
A clothing store with a long presence in Cottage Grove soon will close its doors. Fashion Bug, 8711 East Point Douglas Road, for several weeks has advertised a going-out-of-business sale. A store employee said Fashion Bug will remain open until the end of January. The store lost its lease in the strip mall next to Target, an employee said. Fashion Bug has been a fixture in Cottage Grove for more than a decade. A store representative could not be reached for comment.
Amber L. Reyes won thousands of dollars gambling, all the while unlawfully cashing in on the welfare system. The Cottage Grove woman had unusual luck at the casino, netting nearly $300,000 in winnings over a three year period. During that time, she also was collecting food support, medical assistance and child care benefits that exceeded $20,000, according to court records. Reyes' luck ended early last year when Washington County Community Services notified authorities of a fraud case.
A Cottage Grove man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to distributing child pornography. Steven M. Borgan Jr., 31, admitted to distributing images and videos of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Drug arrests Police arrested one man and cited a woman for alleged drug-related violations following a Nov. 16 traffic stop. According to the report, an officer stopped a vehicle at Jamaica Avenue and East Point Douglas Road shortly before 2 a.m. for revoked license plates. Subsequently, the driver, Stephen C. McCabe, 59, of Hager City, was arrested on suspicion of fifth-degree controlled substance and driving and vehicle violations. Police found a glass pipe with residue that tested positive for cocaine under the driver's seat, police said.
Authorities were looking for a male suspect who allegedly assaulted a St. Paul Park woman after forcing his way into her home over the weekend. According to St. Paul Park police: A 42-year-old woman was awoken by noise around 12:15 a.m. Saturday at the back of her residence in the 1400 block of Blossom Lane. When she went to investigate the noise, a male intruder wearing a mask forced his way into a door at the back of the home and physically assaulted her. It was not immediately known what injuries the woman sustained, but they were not life-threatening, St.
Helen Petrowske stopped driving just last year, but shows few signs of slowing down. With help from family and friends at Red Rock Manor in Newport, Petrowske celebrated her 100th birthday last Tuesday. "I think it's great," Petrowske said of the Nov. 22 luncheon in her honor, adding that she did not expect such commotion. Petrowske has lived at Red Rock Manor for about six years. She plays bingo on Wednesdays and finds other ways to stay active. "I watch those lousy Vikings," she joked. Petrowske, a West St. Paul native, has been a Newport resident for 60 years.