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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State health officials plan to idle a study of perfluorochemical (PFC) levels in Cottage Grove and other east-metro residents, but a legislative effort could reverse that decision. The Minnesota Department of Health plans to wind down its monitoring of 3M-produced chemicals in a group of local citizens and divert funds to other public health research deemed "more pressing." The study changes are part of Gov.
A Sunday morning fire forced the relocation of up to 20 residents of the Norris Square senior living facility in Cottage Grove. After a small apartment fire broke out, Norris Square staff and emergency responders worked quickly to move residents who live in apartments near the fire to another part of the building, Cottage Grove Fire Chief Rick Redenius said. Fire crews were called at 8:28 a.m. to the building at 8200 Hadley Ave., near the intersection of 80th Street and Highway 61. The fire occurred in a second-floor apartment on the back side of the building, Redenius said.
The Cottage Grove City Council paved the way for a large residential street project despite some residents' hopes for a dead end to the construction plan. More than 100 homeowners packed the council chambers for a nearly two-hour hearing Wednesday as council members supported a project first proposed more than a decade ago but shelved, and then postponed again last year amid previous citizen complaints. The council's 4-1 vote allows planning to proceed on the $7.6 million pavement rehabilitation project this summer on streets in an area bound by 70th Street to the north, 80th Street to the s
A South Washington County Schools employee faces possible disciplinary action. The District 833 School Board is set to approve a letter outlining discipline for a male employee and the basis for the discipline at its meeting tonight. The district did not release any information about the employee to be disciplined ahead of the board action, citing employee privacy laws. The School Board is not often asked to approve disciplinary action involving an employee. The board meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the District Service Center in Cottage Grove.
The Cottage Grove Charter Commission will hear from key city staff when it meets later this month. Commission members want a presentation on the city budget and its taxing and spending. Top city administrative and finance staff are expected to attend and answer questions from commission members about the potential impact of a charter. The meeting comes as the commission is nearing a decision on whether to draft a proposed charter for the city.
Trespassing Police were called by 3M to Kingsborough Court on Feb. 5 on a report of suspicious activity. A man was trespassing on 3M property. The man told police he was looking for deer antlers. He was told not to trespass. Fire Cottage Grove firefighters extinguished a small fire found near White Pine Assisted Senior Living on East Point Douglas Road at about 2:45 p.m. Feb. 7. Assault A 12-year-old Cottage Grove male was referred to the Youth Service Bureau for fifth-degree assault after he punched another boy during a Feb.
District 833's tentative acquisition plan for the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building includes shuffling students at two other grade schools and building an addition to connect the Woodbury elementary and middle school buildings. South Washington County Schools officials on Wednesday released an overview of their proposed use of the Crosswinds building in Woodbury, which they hope to acquire this spring. The proposal was posted on the district's website to "counteract misinformation that has been distributed to the community," according to the statement. The plan says that if Distri
Theft A woman called police Jan. 29 to report that house keys were stolen from inside a home in the 1800 block of Third Avenue. She suspected an appliance delivery man who had been in the home. A police officer there to take the report found the keys under a microwave on a kitchen counter. A Newport man reported Jan. 31 that someone stole a Honda generator valued at $2,000 from a business in the 100 block of Seventh Avenue. Police have a suspect and criminal charges are pending. SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., reported a $30 gas drive-off on Feb. 7.
What was once a young emergency response model in Cottage Grove is beginning to show end-of-life signs. For four decades the first person to respond to a Cottage Grove resident's 911 emergency call often has been a police officer who is cross-trained as a paramedic.
Theft Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a shoplifting incident Jan. 25. A 41-year-old Hastings man was cited for shoplifting after he stole $55 worth of merchandise. Two men in their 70s were cited for theft at Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, on Jan. 27. The men -- a 71-year-old from St. Paul and a 78-year-old from Minneapolis -- tried to steal two rolls of copper wire valued at $153, according to police. They were ticketed for shoplifting. Cub Foods, 8690 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft on Feb. 2.