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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As Pastor Oby Ballinger greeted the Community United Church of Christ congregation on a recent Sunday morning, a video crew recorded footage of the service from the front corner of the sanctuary. As the conspicuous camera rolled, Ballinger reminded church-goers why they were being filmed and said even though the service was a bit unusual given the camera crew's presence, he intended for their worship to be as normal as possible. The camera crew took in the recent service at the St.
An Oltman Middle School student has died. The 12-year-old Cottage Grove boy died early Monday morning, May 6, authorities said. A preliminary report found the death was by suicide, according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. District 833 Communications Director Barb Brown said a brief statement was read to Oltman students Tuesday explaining that a student had died and that there was help available to them. Parents also were to receive basic information about the death. Oltman Principal Becky Schroeder said extra counselors were at the St.
Suspicious video A Cottage Grove woman told police on March 22 that someone had posted an inappropriate video to her Facebook timeline. The content of the video was not clear in the police report. The video was removed before police could investigate it. Assault A 23-year-old St. Paul man was cited for fifth-degree assault following an altercation involving multiple people on March 23 at a residence in the 8800 block of 90th Street.
Newport has fired the part-time librarian who launched the city's library and community center but whose at-times rogue approach to the job found him in conflict with city officials. Mike Laughton said Wednesday he was terminated after failing to show up at a meeting with two city officials to discuss a personnel issue, the last in a series of dust-ups between him and his boss, Bruce Hanson.
Property damage Police were investigating complaints made March 30 that juveniles were shooting BB guns and damaging houses in the 8300 block of 79th Street. A privacy fence was reported damaged April 3 at Hemingway Avenue and 79th Street. No damage amount was listed. A Cottage Grove resident reported April 10 that someone hammered two bolts into a brake light lens on a vehicle parked in the 7800 block of 73rd Street. Damage: $300. A St.
A car collided with a District 833 school bus carrying students Wednesday morning, but there were no reported injuries. Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Hillside and Hyde avenues in Cottage Grove around 9 a.m. for the crash. The front driver side of a Nissan sedan was wedged beneath the left side of the school bus and partially under the left rear tires. The cars collided on Hyde just north of Hillside. Bus occupants included the driver and nine students. Nobody was injured, said Wes Halvorsen, deputy Cottage Grove fire chief.
The Stone Soup Thrift Shop wanted to score a strike with its upcoming fundraiser but might be hoping for a spare. Pledges to the St.
A new showroom at Renewal by Andersen gives customers two views. They can look at replacement window models and get a glimpse of the manufacturing process in the background. The window manufacturing facility in Cottage Grove's Business Park recently celebrated the remodeling of a new showroom. The converted lobby area features a number of residential and light-commercial windows. Others are mounted on the showroom walls. The revamped showroom opens as Renewal also is extending its walk-in customer hours.
Hundreds of contract workers are using the former Rush Nightclub parking lot along West Point Douglas Road as overflow parking during a large maintenance project at Northern Tier Energy's St. Paul Park refinery. Contractors have been shuttled from the parking lot to the refinery daily for several weeks as they work on the oil facility's turnaround.
The Cottage Grove Charter Commission this week will decide whether or not to keep working on a proposed new governing document for the city. The charter commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m.