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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Washington County's traffic crash stats remained static last year, reflecting a statewide trend. Eleven people were killed in crashes in Washington County in 2010, according to preliminary data released this week by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Statewide, there were at least 410 people killed on Minnesota roads last year. The statistics will increase after all 2010 crash reports are submitted.
Paul Augustine, a co-founder of the Afton Alps ski area, died Saturday. He was 79. Augustine had been living at the Afton Care Center for about eight years. He suffered from Parkinson's disease and dementia, said Joe Yasis, Afton Alps manager. Augustine founded Afton Alps Recreation Area in 1963 with his brother, Bob, and Tom Furlong. He was the principal owner and developer of Afton Alps, Mount Kato and Titus Mountain ski areas. Augustine was born and raised in the town of Hastings.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Thursday sued 3M Company over past chemical contamination of ground water in the eastern Twin Cities. Swanson's office wants the company to pay for environmental damage caused by decades of pollution in the Washington County area. "3M polluted and damaged our waters with these chemicals," Swanson said in a statement.
Diane Johnson's creativity and interest in sweepstakes proved a winning combination. A neat old photograph helped, too. Johnson recently won a Hallmark contest with a light-hearted birthday card she created using a priceless childhood snapshot of her husband Fred in a vintage cowboy costume. The Cottage Grove woman's card can be purchased online and, if her luck continues, it might appear on store displays.
Two men apprehended in Cottage Grove last week face charges in connection with an axe assault and robbery. Cottage Grove police on Dec. 21 located two men in a truck that had been reported stolen following a home invasion in Inver Grove Heights. According to a Dakota County criminal complaint filed Monday, the men -- Jacob R. Anhalt, 22, and Randy A. Knight, 31, both of Inver Grove Heights -- allegedly were among three men who made their way into a home and stole tools, valuables and a truck. A man who was at home during the robbery said he was assaulted with a battle axe during the Dec.
Assault A 16-year-old Cottage Grove boy was cited for fifth-degree assault for allegedly punching a 17-year-old Cottage Grove boy during a fight Dec. 20 at Oakwood Park in the 7800 block of Harkness Avenue. Police were called to the scene. The victim did not require an ambulance. Suspects located Cottage Grove police on Dec. 21 located suspects believed to be involved in a home invasion in Inver Grove Heights. The two Inver Grove Heights men were found in a vehicle at the SuperAmerica gas station, 7162 E. Point Douglas Road.
Myra Peterson wants to take her Washington County transportation and planning experience to the Twin Cities region. Peterson, who lost re-election to the County Board last month, said she is seeking a spot on the Metropolitan Council in Gov.-elect Mark Dayton's administration. The 17-member Metropolitan Council oversees regional planning and transportation and environmental issues for the Twin Cities.
A Cottage Grove woman had charges of $1,105 at a Bed, Bath & Beyond store in Nebraska. There was one problem: She didn't shop in Nebraska. The incident was one of nearly two-dozen fraud and identity theft reports received by Cottage Grove police in the past seven weeks. Police say there may be more of those cases recently because of holiday shopping. Often a victim's first call is to a bank or credit company. Those institutions require that a customer complete paperwork at the police department in order to be reimbursed for the loss, said Cottage Grove police Sgt. Steve McCarthy.
A man living in a Cottage Grove group home for people with memory loss allegedly forced a fellow resident with advanced dementia to have sex with him. Washington County prosecutors last week charged 68-year-old Alfred R. Knight with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the alleged Dec. 13 incident.
The Wolfpack lost to the Royals 56-45 Friday, Dec. 17, in a Suburban East Conference match-up at Woodbury. Woodbury (4-1; 3-0 SEC) built a first-half lead, going up by 12 at one point before Park narrowed the Royals' lead to 26-21 at the half. The Wolfpack (3-4; 1-2 SEC) opened the second half strong and pulled to within three at 36-33, but the Royals held on for the conference victory. Freshman forward Sydney Lamberty led the way for Park in the loss with a game-high 22 points. Sophomore guard Larissa Lurken added 11 points.