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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Wind gusts Wednesday morning toppled scaffolding at the new G-Will Liquors construction site in Cottage Grove -- for the second time in a week. One worker sustained cuts in the collapse that happened about 10 a.m., according to police. The worker had been taken to Woodwinds Hospital by coworkers before police and fire units arrived. An ambulance was cancelled en route. The construction site is on Grange Boulevard just west of Hadley Avenue, across the street from the current G-Will LIquors store.
Recent criminal ativity reported in St. Paul Park: Theft SuperAmerica, 545 Summit Ave., reported Jan. 1 that two propane tanks were stolen from the store. Loss: $110. The store also reported a $10 gas drive-off on Jan. 12. A St. Paul Park woman reported Jan. 5 that a speaker was stolen from her son’s car in the 700 block of Second Street. Fire Firefighters were called about 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7 to 1155 First St. for a vehicle fire. Two vehicles were damaged.
Theft Kohl’s, 7990 Hardwood Ave., reported a theft Jan. 10. Police said the case is being wrapped in with others from the metro area because the suspect, a 31-year-old Inver Grove Heights woman, is accused of stealing from multiple Kohl’s stores. She allegedly stole $424 worth of merchandise from the Cottage Grove location. Criminal charges are pending. A Cottage Grove man reported Jan. 11 that his cellphone was stolen while he was on a party bus that had originated at Hamlet Park. It was not clear where the phone was stolen.
A St. Paul man was sentenced to probation for damaging a Newport motel in a burst of rage that frightened someone who was with him in the room. Donald W. Connett, 29, was sentenced for third-degree criminal damage to property, a gross misdemeanor, during a Dec. 20 hearing in Washington County District Court. He pleaded guilty last fall. According to the criminal complaint: Connett was staying at the Red Rock Lodge with a woman on Jan. 11, 2013. She told police that they were laying on the bed when Connett became angry, jumped up and began destroying property in the room.
It’s tough to beat a mild, sunny afternoon on the sledding hill. Well over 100 people took to the hill for St. Paul Park’s fifth-annual sledding day event on Sunday, Jan. 19. Kids and adults equipped with sleds, tubes and toboggans lined the hill along Seventh Avenue behind City Hall. Others made a snowman or tossed snowballs at one another. “This is the most people we’ve ever had,” said Jennifer Cheesman, a St. Paul Park City Council member. The mild weather drew so many people that organizers ran out of cookies and hot cocoa. Weather dictates turnout, Cheesman said.
District 833 wants more local control in state education law, from when the school year can start to how tests are administered. But South Washington County Schools also want lawmakers to step in and help growing districts like itself by requiring that developers set aside land for schools. It also wants the Legislature to scale back government data that can be requested by the public.
Reported criminal activity in Newport: Domestic Police were called to a Sixth Street home on Dec. 10 for a reported domestic. A juvenile male was accused of stealing marijuana from his mother and oxycodone from his father. The son denied stealing the drugs because he said he was on house arrest and probation. An Oakdale woman reported Dec. 12 that she was assaulted by a man known to her during an incident two days earlier at a home in the 1000 block of Ford Road.
Reported criminal activity in Cottage Grove: Vandalism A Cottage Grove resident reported Dec. 22 that a house in the 9400 block of Hamlet Avenue was hit by blue paintballs. There was no permanent damage. A Cottage Grove resident reported Dec. 23 that a vehicle was egged in the 7600 block of Inskip Trail. A Cottage Grove resident reported Dec. 29 that a house in the 7200 block of Red Pine Road was vandalized with broken eggs. Food condiments were squirted on the house.
An ammonia leak discovered Wednesday has temporarily closed a rink at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena.
A Cottage Grove man was put on probation for 30 years, and he faces other conditions, after a conviction for methamphetamine possession.