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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Law enforcement officers are using a tougher tactic to fight online bullying among teenagers: they're seeking criminal charges of defamation and harassment. Police who work in local schools said they are seeing students increasingly turning to Facebook, text-messaging and other social media to harass peers. With Facebook, the so-called cyberbullying allows other students to pile on and exacerbate the harassment or ridicule. One recent case at Park High School prompted police to take an unusual step and recommend a male student be charged with criminal defamation.
The food and furniture was hustled out the door behind the last patrons to leave Applebee's last Sunday night. Over the ensuing 66 hours, restaurant staff and construction workers worked feverishly to give the restaurant a makeover inside and out. They installed new seating throughout the dining and bar areas and added features in an attempt to strengthen the restaurant's connection to the Cottage Grove community. "It's just a fresh update; it needed it," general manager Mandy Gillstrom said of the restaurant that's been open about 10 years.
Brian Waldo's Optimal Health and Performance is all about options. Waldo, owner of a new personal training studio in Cottage Grove, is trying to cater to a broad array of people who are looking to improve their health, lose weight, get into shape or recover physically from an injury or surgery. "There's kind of something for every price point," said Waldo, a personal trainer for over 20 years.
South Washington County lawmakers agreed Minnesota needed a new Vikings stadium but were in separate partisan huddles on other issues in the recently completed legislative session. Approval of a new Vikings stadium, the most-watched issue of the session, was sealed Monday as Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill into law, just days after all three local legislators voted for the $975 million project. Sen. Katie Sieben, a Cottage Grove Democrat, and Republican Reps. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove and Denny McNamara of Hastings all backed the bill.
A Woodbury man could face criminal charges after he allegedly admitted to smoking incense prior to driving a car that careened off a Cottage Grove road, crashed through fencing and burst into flames. The 18-year-old driver suffered minor injuries and could be charged pending the outcome of the crash investigation, police said. The crash happened at 12:05 p.m.
From an abundance of natural light to a much larger criminal evidence storage area, design details of the new Cottage Grove government building that once were only on paper are taking shape. Construction of the new city hall and public safety building on Keats Avenue reached a new stage last week as structural work -- foundation, exterior walls, the roof -- was wrapping up and crews were starting interior wall framing and other work. Also last week, dozens of city employees got their first up-close look at the job site as Graham Construction, the project contractor, led tours through the two
The city of Cottage Grove plans to commit nearly $2 million in special property tax revenue to help redevelop the vacant Home Depot building. Facing a tight deadline, the city is pushing a plan to pool $1.9 million in property tax revenue collected from three existing TIF redevelopment areas and put it toward construction of an LA Fitness and a couple of smaller retail businesses at the former Home Depot site, located at East Point Douglas Road and 80th Street. Typically, property tax revenue from separate TIF districts cannot be pooled to support one redevelopment project, but the city want
Friends and former teammates of Nicholas Bibeau said the Park High School graduate and former swim team captain was an outgoing role model and hard worker who had a special ability to click with people. "He was just a very good person and a very good friend and I always admired him," fellow 2011 Park graduate Chris Isely said. "I'm going to miss him a lot." Friends and former classmates were recalling their good times with Bibeau after learning that he was killed in a car crash Thursday near the Cottage Grove-Woodbury border.
The South Washington County School Board violated state law in its handling of Superintendent Mark Porter's final performance evaluation, according to a state opinion. The nonbinding opinion sought by the South Washington County Bulletin concluded that the District 833 School Board broke the state's Open Meeting Law when it did not publicly summarize its evaluation of Porter at a meeting immediately following the closed-door workshop used to conduct that evaluation.