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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A Minnesota Senate Republican staffer was fired Friday, hours after he used profanity on Twitter to publicly criticize Cottage Grove Republican John Kriesel's opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Senate GOP legislative assistant Bob Koss took to Twitter Thursday night to sharply criticize Kriesel after he said he saw an anti-amendment television ad featuring the retiring House member. "Just saw the (Kriesel) marriage ad. Really glad the RINO will be leaving the Legislature," Koss tweeted.
An early DFL fundraising advantage in a closely watched south Washington County legislative race has narrowed as the election nears. Meanwhile, in two other area races the incumbents have far exceeded their challengers in campaign spending and even have donated thousands to help their parties in other races around the state. In House District 54A, DFL candidate Dan Schoen raised over $20,233 and had spent just over $15,034 by Oct.
Larry Putnam believes there is a bloc of Minnesotans eager to vote for the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage -- even if they're not vocal. As Putnam is out campaigning for conservative political candidates in the east metro area, he said he has encountered many people who quietly support the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Oby Ballinger just wants to talk. Ballinger and others working to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage have framed their campaign as one conversation at a time.
Ryan and Tami Bertram don't get many trick-or-treaters at their Hadley Avenue home, but they've still got plenty of people stopping by the house for Halloween. The Bertrams - Ryan, Tami and Ryan's siblings Cole and Tara and other family members -- spent the better part of three days carving 59 pumpkins. Ryan displayed them in his front yard at 8897 Hadley Avenue just in time for Halloween on Wednesday.
Tensia Richard was working out in Anytime Fitness when her estranged husband showed up. She met him outside the fitness club at 7750 Harkness Ave., in the middle of the afternoon.
Tensia Marie Richard had feared for her life. Sixteen months ago police were called after her husband, Chevel Charles Richard, verbally threatened her during a fight over a text message she had received. The June 4, 2011, incident was not physical, but Chevel had a history of violent behavior and Tensia was frightened for her safety, according to police and court records. "She was very afraid he was going to hurt her," said detective Sgt. Randy McAlister of the Cottage Grove Police Department.
Tensia Richard was happy, thoughtful and willing to speak her mind. She had a good smile and was a great friend. Those are among the memories friends and relatives have of Tensia as they grieve the 22-year-old Cottage Grove woman's death last week.
Relatives of Tensia Richard set up a fund to benefit her two young sons. The boys -- 3 years old and 7 months old -- were left without parents when Tensia was shot and killed by her estranged husband, Chevel Richard, the boys' father. Chevel then shot himself and died. The boys are being cared for by Tensia's parents, police have said. People who want to give money to benefit the children can donate to the Chavelo and Ace Martinez Benefit Fund through any branch of the Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. The nearest branches are: Hastings 1731 N.
Dozens of Tensia Richard's relatives and friends gathered for a vigil Saturday in Cottage Grove to remember the 22-year-old mother killed in a murder-suicide two days earlier. More than 50 people gathered in a field across the street from the strip mall where Richard was gunned down by her estranged husband, Chevel Richard, who then shot and killed himself. Clutching purple candles, Tensia's family and former Park High School classmates said she should be remembered for the love she gave to her two boys -- 3-year-old Chavelo and 7-month-old Ace -- and her friendship. "She just loves her kid