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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Cottage Grove and Hastings police arrested a Hastings man early Monday for allegedly burglarizing a string of occupied homes in the two cities. Sean M. Ancel, 33, was arrested without incident after allegedly entering two Cottage Grove homes early Monday, police said. He was booked into Washington County Jail on suspicion of first-degree burglary and could face criminal charges tied to incidents in both cities, police said. According to Cottage Grove and Hastings police, Ancel is accused of entering occupied homes through open or unlocked garage doors and stealing wallets and purses.
Police said a St. Paul Park boy likely saved his teenage friend's life when he pulled him from the Mississippi River Thursday after the teen fell off a cliff. Douglas Gjerdahl, 16, and Jacob Seaton, 10, were walking in a wooded area of Riverside Park in St. Paul Park, overlooking the river, when Gjerdahl fell off a 20- to 30-foot cliff, St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said. Gjerdahl landed in the river, hitting his head. He was unresponsive when Seaton pulled the teen from the water, "more than likely saving his life," Monahan said. Emergency crews from St.
Four people applied for an open St. Paul Park City Council seat. Council members will select a candidate at a June 20 meeting to fill the seat vacated by former council member Steve Hunstad, who stepped down last month. Hunstad's replacement will serve until Dec. 31. Here is a brief description of the applicants: -- Jennifer Cheesman. A four-year resident of St. Paul Park, Cheesman has served on the Parks and Recreation Commission and was named volunteer of the year.
After nearly 40 years of volunteering on political campaigns, Alice Robinson was going to take a pass in 2010. But the St. Paul Park woman, sensing her south Washington County DFL candidates needed help, hit the trail, knocking on doors and dropping campaign literature. Robinson approached a home in South St. Paul to leave literature for Sen. Katie Sieben, but before she knew it she was knocked to the ground by a boxer. As in the dog breed. Robinson suffered bruising but no serious injuries. "The dog just came right for me.
Theft A theft was reported May 27 at Cottage Grove Middle School. A make-up bag was stolen from a student's locker. A juvenile female from the school was referred to the Youth Service Bureau for theft. A resident in the 8400 block of 85th Street reported May 27 that an Xbox video game system valued at $583 was stolen from the residence. Police had a possible suspect. BP gas station, 8490 Jamaica Ave., reported a $50 gas drive-off May 29.
East Ridge High School's first senior class will hear from Minnesota's senior U.S. senator. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is scheduled to speak at East Ridge's commencement ceremony Saturday, school officials announced late Friday. East Ridge is in its second year, but this is the school's first graduating class. The commencement ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday in the school gymnasium at 4200 Pioneer Drive. Klobuchar, a Democrat, is in her fifth year in the Senate. She is up for re-election next year.
Kyle Gross and Melissa Crawford knew they were neck and neck in the academic race to the top of Park High School's senior class. But how about a finish separated by one one-thousandth of a point? "It was super close," said Gross, whose 4.3311 grade point average was narrowly edged by Crawford's 4.3322. Their GPAs were so close, in fact, that Park administrators named Crawford and Gross this year's co-valedictorians. The good-natured academic competition was made more interesting by the fact that Crawford and Gross are not just classmates - they have been dating for over a year.
A federal judge ruled that the St. Paul Park Police Department and one of its officers are not at fault in connection with a 2006 double murder. The department and officer Jesse Zilge were dismissed from a case involving a home-security firm and the family of Teri L. Lee, who with her boyfriend Timothy Hawkinson Sr., was murdered by Lee's ex-boyfriend Steven Van Keuren in her West Lakeland Township home. In the civil litigation involving ADT Security Services and Lee's sister, the security firm sought to have St.
Camden Knoff said there were nights this past school year when he would go home and throw his backpack down in frustration at the academic challenges he faced. The 17-year-old is among juniors finishing up a grueling first year as diploma candidates in the International Baccalaureate program at Park High School. Knoff said he signed up for the high-level coursework because he wanted to take the best classes available.
Firefighters called to a house fire early Wednesday in Cottage Grove may have been surprised by the address. Fire broke out in an attic of a home at 8351 Hyde Court, just around the corner from the site of a large fire less than 48 hours earlier. The proximity of the fires appears to be merely coincidence, fire officials said. Crews were called to the Hyde Court address at 12:27 a.m. Wednesday for a fire that was contained to the home's attic.