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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South Washington County voters on Tuesday are weighing in on races for District 833 School Board and St. Paul Park City Council and mayor. Seven candidates are running for three seats on the South Washington County School Board. The candidates are: Leslee Boyd, Jim Gelbmann, Ron Kath, Joe Ryan, Lezlie Schriver and Katie Schwartz. The winners will serve a four-year term on the seven-member board. In St. Paul Park, voters are choosing between incumbent Mayor John Hunziker and challenger Keith Franke.
Cottage Grove police are investigating after a driver led officers on an early morning, high-speed chase, crashing into a fence and a motor home while speeding through residential neighborhoods before abandoning the vehicle. An officer on patrol at 1 a.m. Wednesday observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed blow through a stop sign at 70th Street and Hinton Avenue, according to the police report.
Prosecutors charged a Cottage Grove man with two felonies after he allegedly pulled a loaded handgun on a patron at a St. Paul Park bar late Sunday. The Washington County Attorney's Office this week charged Eric W. Steil, 44, with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, terroristic threats and carrying a pistol in public without a permit.
Three candidates running for the South Washington County School Board and a St. Paul Park mayoral hopeful are getting the backing of the local Republican Party as the Nov. 8 election approaches. The Senate District 57 GOP mailed an election newsletter to south Washington County homes encouraging voters to support School Board candidates Leslee Boyd, Ron Kath and Joe Ryan. The local party also backed challenger Keith Franke over incumbent John Hunziker in the St.
Restaurateur Dave Anderson of the "Famous Dave's" barbecue chain told a Cottage Grove crowd Thursday that faith changed his life. Anderson was the keynote speaker at the sixth-annual Cottage Grove Area Prayer Breakfast.
A Cottage Grove man faces two felony charges after police say he admitted to repeatedly engaging in sexual activity with an underage girl. Larry A. Andler, 67, was arrested Saturday at his home. He is charged with first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A Cottage Grove man was arrested late Sunday after allegedly pulling a loaded handgun on patrons at a St. Paul Park bar. Police arrested Eric W. Steil, 44, on suspicion of several assault and weapons-related crimes after officers flooded the bar at Hidden Harbor Marina around 10:20 p.m. for a reported assault involving a firearm. According to an initial police report: When police showed up at Vinny's on the River, they found the suspect, identified as Steil, outside and detained him.
District 833 high school students will have a small slate of new classes to choose from next year but also will lose some courses. The district is adding four college preparatory math classes and three other courses. At the same time, it is eliminating a number of elective courses, some of which while available rarely were offered because too few students signed up. The changes, approved by the School Board Oct.
Park High School's fall play posed at least two challenges for the student cast. The actors had to learn characters that were not familiar to them.
Space constraints, an industry transformation and - oddly enough - the struggling economy prompted the Newport Napa Auto Parts store to expand to a new, larger facility. Standing in the new store last week, owner Steve Linn said the auto parts retailer had outgrown its former Hastings Avenue location. At the same time, there is stronger demand for replacement auto parts. With those factors in mind, Linn Companies built and recently opened the new Napa store at 1586 Hastings Ave., across the parking lot from the store's old space.