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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Support for Superintendent Mark Porter among District 833 School Board members was quietly eroding long before they surprised many school staff and district residents by not renewing his contract. While no board members had publicly suggested they wanted a new superintendent, they privately acknowledged to one another a lack of support for Porter in the weeks leading up to the Dec. 15 vote.
A former St. Paul Park man already imprisoned on a child pornography conviction was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison for producing child porn. Jose A. Soto, 41, received a 360-month prison sentence after he admitted to investigators that he used or coerced a minor female into engaging in sexually explicit conduct which he videotaped, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. U.S.
Park High School athletic staff see leaving the Suburban East Conference as a way to bolster the school's sports programs, but first want to hear from the community. The school's activities department is inviting students, parents, teachers and local residents to a "community input night" on Park athletics and activities Wednesday, Jan. 11. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Park lecture hall. The meeting, to be led by Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel, comes as coaches and staff are looking at ways to improve the school's competition and bolster participation.
Bill Bryan concluded that simple business economics doomed his Blink Bonnie restaurant in Cottage Grove. "The biggest thing is lack of sales; they were just going down," Bryan said of his decision to close the sandwich shop early this month. He cited poor sales, a rough economy and a disappointing location. Sluggish sales during the recent holiday season finally convinced him he couldn't continue. "I didn't think they were going to take a drop as much as they did," Bryan said.
South Washington County School Board members are set to begin the search for a new superintendent. The District 833 School Board is scheduled to discuss the search process at its workshop meeting Thursday, Jan. 12. It will be the board's first public discussion of the schools chief position since it voted 5-2 in December to not extend Superintendent Mark Porter's contract. Porter's three-year contract expires June 30. Board Chairwoman Leslee Boyd said she hopes board members settle on whether they will use a search firm.
Three south Washington County men are accused of stealing power carts from a Cottage Grove golf course that were later sold on Craigslist. Washington County prosecutors recently charged Brett M. Wetterling and Nickolas C. Lauber, both of Newport, and Cottage Grove resident Travis R. Holm each with one count of felony theft in connection with the alleged thefts from Mississippi Dunes Golf Links. A third Newport man, 22-year-old John E.
Assault A 25-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for fifth-degree domestic assault following a Dec. 13 altercation at a home in the 8500 block of Ideal Avenue. According to police, the man allegedly struck an 18-year-old woman in the back with a crescent wrench. Police sought formal criminal complaint for a more serious assault charge, but prosecutors declined because the alleged crime did not meet the requirements for substantial bodily harm, police said.
Park High School is seeking public input as it looks at ways to improve its activities and athletics, including possibly by switching high school league conferences. The school's activities department is inviting students, parents, teachers and local residents to a "community input night" on Park athletics and activities Wednesday, Jan. 11. All three District 833 high schools are in the Suburban East Conference, but Park athletic teams generally have struggled to compete against the larger schools in the conference.
A Cottage Grove resident and former Woodbury police officer working as a cop in Savage is in critical condition following a squad car crash. Savage police officer Frank Mackall suffered head injuries in a one-vehicle accident early Monday, according to the State Patrol. Mackall was responding to a call shortly after 1 a.m. when he lost control on an icy road in Scott County, in the southwest metro. His squad left the road and struck a tree. Mackall, 39, lives in Cottage Grove with his wife, Lisa, and three children, according to Savage police.
Eric Flaa grew up near Washington County's Newport branch library and in grade school enjoyed walking three blocks to check out books. Flaa, now 30 and living in Denver, was visiting relatives in Newport Friday when he made the same short walk to the library, this time to see it for the last time. "I just came in to say goodbye," Flaa told librarian Ginny Ogura. Flaa wasn't alone. Ogura said many local residents stopped by the library in the days leading up to its closure on Friday.