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 South Washington County Schools employee faces possible disciplinary action. The District 833 School Board is set to approve a letter outlining discipline for a male employee and the basis for the discipline at its meeting tonight. The district did not release any information about the employee to be disciplined ahead of the board action, citing employee privacy laws. The School Board is not often asked to approve disciplinary action involving an employee. The board meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the District Service Center in Cottage Grove.
The Cottage Grove Charter Commission will hear from key city staff when it meets later this month. Commission members want a presentation on the city budget and its taxing and spending. Top city administrative and finance staff are expected to attend and answer questions from commission members about the potential impact of a charter. The meeting comes as the commission is nearing a decision on whether to draft a proposed charter for the city.
Trespassing Police were called by 3M to Kingsborough Court on Feb. 5 on a report of suspicious activity. A man was trespassing on 3M property. The man told police he was looking for deer antlers. He was told not to trespass. Fire Cottage Grove firefighters extinguished a small fire found near White Pine Assisted Senior Living on East Point Douglas Road at about 2:45 p.m. Feb. 7. Assault A 12-year-old Cottage Grove male was referred to the Youth Service Bureau for fifth-degree assault after he punched another boy during a Feb.
District 833's tentative acquisition plan for the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building includes shuffling students at two other grade schools and building an addition to connect the Woodbury elementary and middle school buildings. South Washington County Schools officials on Wednesday released an overview of their proposed use of the Crosswinds building in Woodbury, which they hope to acquire this spring. The proposal was posted on the district's website to "counteract misinformation that has been distributed to the community," according to the statement. The plan says that if Distri
Theft A woman called police Jan. 29 to report that house keys were stolen from inside a home in the 1800 block of Third Avenue. She suspected an appliance delivery man who had been in the home. A police officer there to take the report found the keys under a microwave on a kitchen counter. A Newport man reported Jan. 31 that someone stole a Honda generator valued at $2,000 from a business in the 100 block of Seventh Avenue. Police have a suspect and criminal charges are pending. SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., reported a $30 gas drive-off on Feb. 7.
What was once a young emergency response model in Cottage Grove is beginning to show end-of-life signs. For four decades the first person to respond to a Cottage Grove resident's 911 emergency call often has been a police officer who is cross-trained as a paramedic.
Theft Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a shoplifting incident Jan. 25. A 41-year-old Hastings man was cited for shoplifting after he stole $55 worth of merchandise. Two men in their 70s were cited for theft at Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, on Jan. 27. The men -- a 71-year-old from St. Paul and a 78-year-old from Minneapolis -- tried to steal two rolls of copper wire valued at $153, according to police. They were ticketed for shoplifting. Cub Foods, 8690 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft on Feb. 2.
More than $1,000 worth of tools and other items was stolen from garages at a Cottage Grove apartment complex. Police were called Feb. 11 to apartments at 8120 East Point Douglas Road for a break-in report. Thieves broke into three garage units and stole tools and a trolling motor. The stolen items were valued at more than $1,100 total. Another 11 garages were damaged but not entered. Total damage was estimated at $383.
A revived movement to keep Minnesota children safe from toxic chemicals is beginning in the Legislature. Three bills are aimed at removing chemicals such as formaldehyde and bisphenol A from products children use. "As a mother, I know parents are concerned about the chemicals their kids are exposed to," Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, said Thursday, Feb. 14. "The last thing a parent should have to worry about is harmful chemicals in their kids' food." "There is nothing we need to do more ... than protect our children," added Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji.
Police have identified the Cottage Grove man killed late Thursday when his car struck the concrete base of a railroad bridge near Mississippi Dunes Golf Links. Jonathon R. Cox, 35, was traveling westbound on 103rd Street when his Dodge Charger left the road, careened off a railroad bridge pier and crashed beneath the bridge deck, police said. Cox was pronounced dead at the scene. The exact cause of the crash was not immediately known but the preliminary investigation pointed to excessive speed as the main factor, Cottage Grove Police Capt. Pete Koerner said Friday morning.