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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The company that owns SuperMom's bakery reached a labor agreement with its drivers, ending a nearly week-long lockout. Northern Tier Energy settled with Teamsters Local 120 Wednesday on a new, two-year labor contract that put 22 delivery drivers back on the job Thursday, the company and union confirmed. "The labor dispute is over," Christine Carnicelli, a spokeswoman for Connecticut-based Northern Tier Energy, said Thursday. The drivers were escorted off the job and told not to report for work at the SuperMom's St. Paul Park facility Friday, Aug. 24, amid a contract dispute.
St. Paul Park's recent Heritage Days celebration saw less criminal activity than in past years, according to a summary of police activity during the festival. St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said there were no serious incidents during last month's festival, though officers did respond to numerous alcohol-related calls. Here are some of the festival-related incidents police were dealt with: An Inver Grove Heights man and a St. Paul Park woman were cited for drinking alcohol in public Aug.
A recent training session for the District 833 School Board highlighted the challenging situations board members can face when they have to make controversial decisions or address thorny issues related to student and employee privacy. The training also exposed long-held philosophical differences among board members about how they publicly express their differences. The two-hour briefing with the district's attorney involved a discussion of the state's Open Meeting Law, which guides how elected government boards must operate their meetings.
South Washington County School Board members and district administrators hope special training will help them excel following a leadership transition. As he continues to familiarize himself with the district, new Superintendent Keith Jacobus recently brought in a facilitator to lead administrators and the seven board members through personality assessment and communication exercises.
The primary election has passed (there were no local races settled in the Aug. 14 election) and the Nov. 6 general election is just more than two months away. With the number of election-related letters starting to pick up, this seemed a good time to lay out the ground rules we plan to use for the Opinion page during the campaign season. Historically, Bulletin readers have been eager to share their views before heading to the voting booth, resulting in dozens and dozens of election-related Opinion page submissions in late summer and throughout fall. We hope that continues this year.
A Cottage Grove man will spend more than 14 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography. Steven M. Borgan Jr., 31, was sentenced Wednesday to 170 months in federal prison following a hearing in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Borgan, who had pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography in November 2011, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim. According to the U.S.
Chad Rediske says he likes Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey -- he just thinks the city needs to be led in a different direction. Rediske -- who waged an unsuccessful campaign earlier this year to win the local GOP nomination to oppose state Sen. Katie Sieben -- is among three candidates who filed this month to challenge Bailey in the fall mayoral race. "There's still a lot of burn in the community about the city hall/public safety [building]," Rediske said of the $15 million project that drew fire from some when it was approved last year.
Toni A. Medrano's relatives blame a national talk show host in connection with the Cottage Grove woman's decision to burn herself to death. Police reports released recently indicate that Medrano, the mother who was criminally charged in her newborn son's suffocation death last year, made suicidal statements to relatives hours before she lit herself on fire at a St.
Bob La Nasa has owned Carbone's Pizzeria in St. Paul Park since about 1975, and he worked for his father at the restaurant for more than a decade before that. Most of his career has been spent in the pizza business, and La Nasa doesn't have plans to make a change. "I can't quit working; I'd go nuts," he joked. The restaurant's staying power and local popularity were highlighted recently when Carbone's was named Business of the Year for the 2012 Heritage Days festival.
Morgan McGahn's preferred art medium is painting, but it's a drawing that earned her attention. McGahn's luau-themed drawing in color pencil was chosen as the button logo for the 2012 Heritage Days festival. The theme for the 28th-annual St. Paul Park celebration is "Luau on Broadway," so McGahn started brainstorming for ideas by searching for luau photos on Google. "I saw the tikis and the little bonfires and I was like, oh, that's cute," she said. Her logo drawing has a background of palm trees meeting in the middle of the picture.