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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Police on Friday identified the woman and man who died in a Thursday afternoon murder-suicide at a Cottage Grove strip mall and said the man had threatened the woman before. Police Chief Craig Woolery said Chevel Charles Richard, 22, of Eagan, shot his estranged wife, Tensia Marie Richard, 22, of Cottage Grove, after a brief conversation outside of the Anytime Fitness club.
South Washington County School Board Chairwoman Leslee Boyd is resigning at the end of the year. Boyd announced at the board's Thursday night meeting she will step down in December after five years on the board. Boyd said she and her family are moving to Oklahoma, where her husband is taking a new job. "It has been a privilege to serve the communities of south Washington County as a member of the school board," she said, noting the honor she felt by serving as board chairwoman the past three years.
A fight broke out at a Cottage Grove wedding reception and one man was sent to the hospital with injuries. Police responded to an assault call at about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Mississippi Dunes Golf Links, 10351 Grey Cloud Trail. People were attending a wedding at the clubhouse, and a fight broke out involving several people. A 26-year-old Brooklyn Park man was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, but his injuries were not believed to be severe, according to police. The case is under investigation. No arrests have been made.
Derrick Lehrke saw what he thought was a problem so he ran for Cottage Grove City Council.
Click on the links to read about the three candidates running for Minnesota House in District 54A, which includes part of Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport, Grey Cloud Island Township and part of South St. Paul.
Ron Lischeid said if elected to the Minnesota House he would be free of political party "keepers." Getting elected so far has eluded Lischeid, a third-party candidate who has been unsuccessful in 11 political campaigns since 1992, including eight legislative runs mostly in Minneapolis. A St. Paul Park resident for 1 1/2 years, Lischeid is running for the open House District 54A seat this fall as an Independence Party candidate.
Political newcomer Dan Schoen said his professional work require skills citizens want to see in their legislators: the ability to negotiate and compromise. A Cottage Grove police officer, Schoen's key pitch as he seeks the open District 54A House seat is that there is too much gridlock at the Legislature and not enough willingness to work together. He said his law enforcement work requires collaboration -- and it gives him a unique window into how state decisions affect people's daily lives. "It comes down to working with people from different backgrounds," he said, comparing legislators fr
Fight A 27-year-old St. Paul man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process after police found two men fighting at 2:20 a.m. Sept. 24 in the 300 block of Broadway Avenue. The suspect, Paul J. Weatherspoon, was transported to Washington County jail, where police learned he had five outstanding Washington County warrants. Police were called after 4 a.m. Oct. 6 to a parking lot in the 300 block of Pullman Avenue on a report of a fight. Two men were fighting but became defensive when police asked questions about what was happening.
Just as predictable as campaign signs popping up in an election season are the subsequent reports of political sign theft. Several Cottage Grove residents and at least one candidate called police in the past week to report campaign sign thefts. The thieves do not seem to be targeting signs of one particular candidate or issue, according to police. Here are some recent reports: -- A Cottage Grove woman in the 8800 block of Hallmark Avenue reported Oct. 12 that three campaign signs were knocked down in her yard. -- Cottage Grove mayoral candidate Chad Rediske reported Oct.
A Farmington school administrator is poised to become Park High School's next principal. South Washington County School officials announced Wednesday that Kerry Timmerman, a Farmington High School assistant principal, is their pick to lead Park in Cottage Grove. District 833 officials said Timmerman has a background in the International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement classes, the College in the Schools program, teacher hiring and evaluating and other experience.