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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School District 833 families may want to rethink any Easter weekend travel plans they’ve made. South Washington County Schools is tentatively planning to use Friday, April 18, as a make-up day after having to cancel classes last week. April 18 is Good Friday and had been designated as a spring holiday. Schools were closed Friday, Feb. 21, due to a winter storm. It was the sixth weather-related closure this school year. Administrators will ask the School Board on March 6 to approve scheduling classes on April 18.
Authorities are warning area citizens of a telephone scam. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said residents have been receiving phone calls from “Police Protection -727-754-7969.” It’s a scam involving someone asking for donations to the “Police Protective Fund” and seeking credit card numbers and money. In at least one instance, a resident received a letter with the same premise. The sheriff’s office and other local law enforcement agencies do not cold-call residents seeking donations.
The winter storm that brought freezing rain, snow and then blowing snow to the area temporarily knocked out power to over 2,000 south Washington County homes, closed schools Friday, reduced visibility and left roadways slick.
Two people were issued alcohol-related citations following a traffic stop Feb. 8 in Cottage Grove. A police officer on routine patrol shortly before 9 p.m. saw a passenger from a vehicle parked outside G-Will Liquors go inside the store and return with a 24-pack of beer, which was placed in the trunk. The officer recognized the driver as someone who is not of legal drinking age. The officer made a traffic stop near Jamaica Avenue and 90th Street.
Recent reported criminal activity: Theft G-Will Liquors, 6990 80th St., reported a theft of liquor on Feb. 6. The store was going to provide suspect information to police. A St. Paul Park woman reported Feb. 8 that she was at a Hearthside Avenue home when her keys went missing. A Cottage Grove man reported Feb. 9 that someone stole a car diagnostic tool, a guitar amplifier and tools from a vehicle in the 11000 block of Lofton Avenue. Loss: $500. A Cottage Grove man reported Feb.
South Washington County Schools students would get a full two-week break over Christmas and New Year’s next school year, according to the proposed academic calendar.
Steve Dennis built a small business in Cottage Grove and now wants to help promote the city to other prospective businesses.
Fire damaged a Cottage Grove home last week but was contained to a bedroom and did not injure the homeowner, authorities said. Cottage Grove firefighters were called shortly after 1 p.m. Feb.
Park High School borrowed an Olympic theme for its Snow Week celebration last week, which wrapped up with a pep fest and royalty coronation on Friday and the Sadie Hawkins dance Saturday.
Recent reports of criminal activity: Assault A 20-year-old Newport man was arrested Jan. 27 on suspicion of fifth-degree domestic assault and underage consumption following a domestic incident at a home in the 1600 block of 10th Avenue. Police were called to the residence on a report that Mohammed hit his mother in the wrist and then left, according to the report. He was booked into the Washington County jail. Police were called Jan. 29 to a home in Newport on a report of a domestic incident involving a 13-year-old boy.