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 clothing store with a long presence in Cottage Grove soon will close its doors. Fashion Bug, 8711 East Point Douglas Road, for several weeks has advertised a going-out-of-business sale. A store employee said Fashion Bug will remain open until the end of January. The store lost its lease in the strip mall next to Target, an employee said. Fashion Bug has been a fixture in Cottage Grove for more than a decade. A store representative could not be reached for comment.
Amber L. Reyes won thousands of dollars gambling, all the while unlawfully cashing in on the welfare system. The Cottage Grove woman had unusual luck at the casino, netting nearly $300,000 in winnings over a three year period. During that time, she also was collecting food support, medical assistance and child care benefits that exceeded $20,000, according to court records. Reyes' luck ended early last year when Washington County Community Services notified authorities of a fraud case.
A Cottage Grove man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to distributing child pornography. Steven M. Borgan Jr., 31, admitted to distributing images and videos of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Drug arrests Police arrested one man and cited a woman for alleged drug-related violations following a Nov. 16 traffic stop. According to the report, an officer stopped a vehicle at Jamaica Avenue and East Point Douglas Road shortly before 2 a.m. for revoked license plates. Subsequently, the driver, Stephen C. McCabe, 59, of Hager City, was arrested on suspicion of fifth-degree controlled substance and driving and vehicle violations. Police found a glass pipe with residue that tested positive for cocaine under the driver's seat, police said.
Authorities were looking for a male suspect who allegedly assaulted a St. Paul Park woman after forcing his way into her home over the weekend. According to St. Paul Park police: A 42-year-old woman was awoken by noise around 12:15 a.m. Saturday at the back of her residence in the 1400 block of Blossom Lane. When she went to investigate the noise, a male intruder wearing a mask forced his way into a door at the back of the home and physically assaulted her. It was not immediately known what injuries the woman sustained, but they were not life-threatening, St.
Helen Petrowske stopped driving just last year, but shows few signs of slowing down. With help from family and friends at Red Rock Manor in Newport, Petrowske celebrated her 100th birthday last Tuesday. "I think it's great," Petrowske said of the Nov. 22 luncheon in her honor, adding that she did not expect such commotion. Petrowske has lived at Red Rock Manor for about six years. She plays bingo on Wednesdays and finds other ways to stay active. "I watch those lousy Vikings," she joked. Petrowske, a West St. Paul native, has been a Newport resident for 60 years.
Eric and Karen Wenzel were surrounded by support of family and friends during a prolonged maedical fight, and are carrying forward that kindness by keeping strangers warm. The Wenzels are in their second year of leading Coats of Kindness, an effort to collect donated winter coats and jackets for customers of Stone Soup Thrift Store and others who need outerwear as the cold winter weather sets in. On a recent day, the Wenzels set up a drop box at Cottage Grove City Hall, one of more than a dozen Coats of Kindness locations in south Washington County and around the Twin Cities. "It grows by t
Three women face felony charges after they allegedly stole more than 80 pairs of jeans and other clothing from the Cottage Grove Kohl's store. The women - two from Minneapolis, one from St. Paul - and two juvenile females stuffed dozens of pairs of jeans into shopping bags and loaded them into a car before being stopped by police, according to criminal complaints filed in Washington County District Court. Washington County prosecutors filed one count of aiding and abetting-theft against each of the three adult suspects: Caswana K. Miles, 23, of St. Paul, and Antenese S.
A 3-week-old infant died Tuesday in Cottage Grove when his sleeping mother suffocated him, according to police and an initial autopsy report. The newborn's death, while initially ruled accidental, is being investigated by police. The case will be reviewed by the Washington County Attorney's Office for possible criminal charges. A parent of the boy called emergency dispatch to report that the infant was not breathing, according to Cottage Grove police. Emergency crews were sent at 10:38 a.m.
A late-afternoon fire destroyed a Cottage Grove garage Tuesday and damaged the adjacent home. There were no injuries reported in the blaze at 6870 84th St. Crews were called to the home at 4:54 p.m. after the homeowners reported smoke from the garage. There were visible flames upon arrival, Cottage Grove firefighter Ben Mair said. The homeowners escaped uninjured as crews spent more than an hour dousing flames. There were approximately five or six small explosions caused by acetylene tanks in the garage.