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 St. Paul man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and other charges after a SWAT team helped remove him and his alleged victim early Saturday from a Newport motel that was the site of a police standoff and kidnapping incident last month. Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said in a statement that his department was asked by South St. Paul police Friday evening to help locate a kidnapping suspect and victim. They were found at the Sure Lock Motel, 1280 Hastings Ave. Police called the Washington County Special Response Team to assist at 1:15 a.m. Saturday.
Theft Von Hanson's Meats, 9030 Inwood Ave., reported on Oct. 28 the theft of six propane tanks from a locked cage outside the building. Loss: $300. A Cottage Grove woman reported Oct. 29 that her "slow down speed turtle" sign was stolen from the property in the 8500 block of Ivywood Avenue. Value: $30. A Cottage Grove woman reported Oct. 31 that $2,500 cash was stolen from her residence in the 8100 block of East Point Douglas Road. The woman said she had been away from the residence for some time. A Cottage Grove man living in the 11000 block of Kingsborough Trail reported Nov.
Park High School student Tyler Cheslog planned to be awake at 3 a.m. Friday -- and marching outside.
A Hastings man was killed and his passenger was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Manning Avenue in rural Washington County. Emergency crews were called at 3:08 p.m. on a report of a single-car accident along Manning Avenue/Highway 95 north of 70th Street, Cottage Grove police and the State Patrol said.
Park High School student Tyler Cheslog will be awake at 3 a.m. Friday -- and marching outside.
The Park High School senior took the ACT test this fall for a second time. He believes he got one question wrong out of 215 multiple-choice questions, and that was good enough for a perfect ACT score of 36. "Apparently they rounded up -- which I'm happy for," the 17-year-old said with a smile. The perfect score put Alverson in esteemed company. Only 28 Minnesota high school students scored a 36 on the ACT last year. Alverson is not the only District 833 student to earn the top score this year. Woodbury High School senior Erika Storvick also posted a 36 on her ACT.
A small number of office jobs at the Renewal by Andersen facility in Cottage Grove may be eliminated as part of Andersen Corp.'s plan to cut 250 positions. A majority of the company's planned layoffs will occur at its Bayport production facility, but nearly all Andersen facilities across the country will be impacted, company spokeswoman Laurie Bauer said Wednesday. "It isn't impacting production in Cottage Grove," Bauer said. However, she added that there "may have been some impact" to a couple of office positions at the facility.
A small fraction of registered voters in south Washington County settled the District 833 School Board election Tuesday. Voter turnout in the race for three board seats was 7.4 percent, Kevin Corbid, Washington County's top election official, said on Wednesday. There were 4,009 voters at the polls, out of 54,540 who were registered. Election Day registrations totaled 136 people. Turnout was higher in the St. Paul Park mayor's race and the election of two City Council members. A total of 569 people voted out of 2,940 who were registered to vote in St. Paul Park, Corbid said.
Ousted St. Paul Park Mayor John Hunziker said his election loss Tuesday suggests a Michele Bachmann presidency is possible. Hunziker lost his bid for a fifth mayoral term to Keith Franke, a local bar and restaurant owner and first-time candidate. Reached by the Bulletin after the election results were in, Hunziker said: "I only have one statement to make, and that is with the results of the mayoral election in St. Paul Park it only goes to prove that Michele Bachmann can be elected president of the United States." When asked to clarify his comment, Hunziker hung up the telephone.
Voters favored incumbents Ron Kath, Jim Gelbmann and Leslee Boyd against four challengers in Tuesday's District 833 School Board race. Kath, of Cottage Grove, led all candidates with with 20.1 percent of the vote; Gelbmann had 19.3 percent, Boyd 18.6 percent. Gelbmann and Boyd are from Woodbury. All three will serve four-year terms. "Voters seem satisfied with the leadership team that's in place and the way the board has managed their money," Gelbmann said after the results were in.