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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A divided South Washington County School Board on Thursday voted against extending Superintendent Mark Porter's contract. The sudden move came toward the close of a meeting Thursday when board members were expected to take up the approval of a contract renewal for Porter. In a statement Friday morning, Porter called the decision "unfortunate" and confusing. Those who voted to end his tenure when his current term ends in June said little publicly about the move.
A Cottage Grove man likely faces criminal charges after police used DNA to allegedly link him to a string of vehicle break-ins. Cottage Grove police said blood they collected as part of evidence in 13 reports of vehicle damage and theft from vehicles earlier this year matched that of Ryan P. Aasand, 20, the suspect in the cases. Aasand was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree felony damage to property and theft.
A St. Paul Park congregation's building project collapsed but its hopes of hosting worship and community meals in a new church have not been crushed. The pastor of Household of Faith Church said the congregation plans to rebuild after construction framing for its building expansion toppled last week due to improper construction. Church members who were volunteering their time to build an addition spent last Wednesday installing roof trusses on the addition.
Assault A 39-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for disorderly conduct after he allegedly got into a verbal confrontation and slapped another Cottage Grove man following a Nov. 18 road rage incident. The two drivers were traveling near 70th Street and Inwood Avenue when the road rage incident occurred. The victim pulled into a gas station on Pine Arbor Drive and called police. Shoplifting Two Cottage Grove females, both 15, were referred to the Youth Service Bureau after they were caught trying to shoplift Nov.
A small St. Paul Park congregation's hopes to soon host worship and community meals in its new church were crushed, at least for the time being, when construction framing for its building expansion toppled due to improper construction. Household of Faith Church members who were volunteering their time to build the addition had just spent Wednesday using a crane to place trusses on the structure. Walls were erected and the volunteer builders were planning to enclose the two-story building. But it all collapsed overnight, leaving damaged walls, tangled trusses and heaved brickwork.
A Cottage Grove man is accused of trashing a home and torturing a cat that belonged to an Oakdale woman who had provided him a place to stay. Scott A. Eberspacher, 34, faces two felony charges in Washington County District Court in connection with an October incident and the family's subsequent discovery of their dead cat in the garage. According to the criminal complaint: The woman had allowed Eberspacher to move in temporarily because he needed a place to stay. When she returned home in the evening of Oct.
State experts reported a significant decline in perfluorochemical levels found in residents of Cottage Grove and other east-metro communities where the 3M-manufactured chemical had polluted drinking water, but lingering concerns have some officials calling for continued study. The Minnesota Department of Health said last week that a biomonitoring pilot project showed a decline in PFC blood levels in a sampling of Washington County citizens living near areas of documented PFC ground contamination.
A Cottage Grove resident was arrested early Friday for alleged drunken driving and drug possession after he followed home a juvenile driver whom he claimed had cut him off and then caused a scene outside the home. According to a Cottage Grove police report: The father of a juvenile male called police at 12:04 a.m. Friday to report that a vehicle followed his son home and that the driver was parked outside the residence honking the horn and yelling at him. The suspect then fled. Police located the suspect, a 48-year-old man, at his Irish Avenue home.
A clothing store with a long presence in Cottage Grove soon will close its doors. Fashion Bug, 8711 East Point Douglas Road, for several weeks has advertised a going-out-of-business sale. A store employee said Fashion Bug will remain open until the end of January. The store lost its lease in the strip mall next to Target, an employee said. Fashion Bug has been a fixture in Cottage Grove for more than a decade. A store representative could not be reached for comment.
Amber L. Reyes won thousands of dollars gambling, all the while unlawfully cashing in on the welfare system. The Cottage Grove woman had unusual luck at the casino, netting nearly $300,000 in winnings over a three year period. During that time, she also was collecting food support, medical assistance and child care benefits that exceeded $20,000, according to court records. Reyes' luck ended early last year when Washington County Community Services notified authorities of a fraud case.