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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Five candidates are seeking a two-year seat on the South Washington County School Board, while 10 others are vying for four other spots on the board. Fifteen District 833 residents filed to run for the school board this fall, including candidates from each of the four main cities in the school district. The 10 candidates seeking four-year terms in the Nov. 7 general election include the four incumbents: Katy McElwee-Stevens of Newport, Katie Schwartz of St. Paul Park, Sharon Van Leer of Woodbury and Tracy Brunnette of Cottage Grove.
South Washington County Schools mistakenly released data on thousands of students and parents in transportation information emails sent Wednesday.
Former Twin Cities sports radio host Jeffery Dubay is accused of repeatedly punching a woman and knocking out her tooth during an assault in Cottage Grove. Dubay, 49, is charged with felony third-degree assault in Washington County District Court in connection with the Aug. 2 incident. He claimed in a Facebook post he was wrongfully accused. According to the criminal complaint:
South Washington County School District voters will decide three questions on the Nov. 7 referendum. The district has settled on seeking renewal of an existing general education levy; asking for a funding increase that's part two of a multi-year levy measure; and requesting additional funds for technology. The District 833 School Board signed off on the three-question plan earlier this month and is expected to approve the ballot language at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 17, at the District Service Center in Cottage Grove.
Cynthia Maldonado has accepted the position of Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion principal in South Washington County Schools.
Recently reported criminal activity.
Theft SuperAmerica, 545 Summit Ave., reported a $37 gas drive-off June 13. Police received a report June 16 that the coin laundry was broken into in the 1200 block of Sixth Street and $120 was stolen. A St. Paul Park man reported June 16 that a laptop computer was stolen from a vehicle in the 1500 block of Pullman Avenue. Loss: $1,100. A St. Paul Park man reported June 17 that money was stolen from a washer and dryer machine in the 1100 block of Fifth Street.
The 2017 Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Ambassadors were selected at a June 19 coronation. They include (front, from left) Little Miss Princess Trinity Pieper and Little Miss Queen Mio Tubman and (back, from left) Miss Princess Emily Woodworth, Miss Queen Julia Merrell, Miss Princess Dakota Kelsey, Junior Miss Queen Elizabeth Niezgocki and Junior Miss Brynne Mickelson.
Thursday, June 15 Strawberries for sale, Information Booth—Sponsored by Afton Apple 4-8 p.m. Strawberry Fest Information Booth—Sponsored by Walmart 4-8 p.m. Bungee Trampoline, $7 per person—Sponsored by Arcade Highway 4-9 p.m.
Matt Koskie and Steven Sanftner waited until the third clue was released to start their search in the 2017 Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Medallion Hunt. They only needed one additional clue before they found the prize. Koskie and Sanftner — with the help of Sanftner’s 3-year-old son Skylar — found the medallion Thursday, June 15, at Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area. Having purchased Strawberry Fest buttons, they won $300.