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.
- Member for
- 2 years 9 months
A mother and daughter escaped a Cottage Grove house fire without injuries Saturday. The homeowner at 8120 66th St. Ct. detected a fire shortly before 9 a.m. She got her daughter safely out of the house and then went back in to try to use the phone to call 911. When it didn't work, she went to a neighbor's house and called for help, said Cottage Grove Fire Marshall PJ McMahon. The fire was limited to the attic, but caused structural damage. "There'll be significant damage to the house," McMahon said. Nobody was injured in the fire.
Michelle Rageth rattled off what sounded like an entire grocery list: Beef stew, fresh oranges and tomatoes, apple juice, canned carrots and green beans, spaghetti sauce, fresh pears and potatoes, pasta, pistachios -- and the list went on. Those and other items were all healthy foods that were supplied recently to the Friends in Need Food Shelf through a federal food program. Rageth and other area food shelf advocates hope that federal program -- The Emergency Food Assistance Program, or TEFAP -- and another food supply program will see continued funding. "It's been a real help for us," Ra
A new device will mean a similar drill for suspected drunken drivers but speedier results and smoother processing for cops and prosecutors. The Cottage Grove Police Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies are using a new machine to measure the blood-alcohol concentration of people picked up for drunken driving or for underage drinking. Cottage Grove last week started using the new machine, called the DataMaster.
The tea leaves suggest a good future for the Dollar Tree store in Cottage Grove. That essentially was the message conveyed by Dollar Tree district manager Dean Possehl as he and others celebrated the store's opening on Wednesday. The discount-merchandise retailer had been looking to open in Cottage Grove for some time, Possehl said.
A Cottage Grove woman faces criminal charges after she was found wandering a park late at night after leaving her young children unattended in a messy and unlocked apartment. Washington County prosecutors charged Rose A. Salkowicz, 23, with two counts of child neglect or endangerment, a gross misdemeanor, in connection with an incident earlier this month when she allegedly left her 3-year-old and 1-year-old child alone in an apartment and went to the nearby Oakwood Park.
Hundreds of bargain hunters sifted through piles and piles of children's clothing, perused boxes of books and discovered deals on toys and baby supplies Saturday at District 833's ECFE/School Readiness annual garage sale. The sale is a fundraiser for the Early Childhood and Family Education and School Readiness programs. All of the proceeds go toward the programs' advisory council. -Scott Wente
Mike and Patti Sobolewski want to savor their slice of Americana. The Sobolewskis, of Prescott, were second in line when the gates of the Cottage View Drive-In opened Friday for the first time this year, which the owner says will be the theater's final season. "It's just a slice of Americana," Mike said before he and wife Patti joined a couple hundred people parked below the big screen for opening night.
Could this be the beginning of the end for the Cottage View Drive-In? The outdoor theater in Cottage Grove begins its 2012 season tonight. On the big screen: "The Hunger Games," followed by "Wrath of the Titans." "The Hunger Games" begins at dusk. "Wrath of the Titans" will start around 10:45 p.m. This 47th season for the drive-in likely could be its last.
A Cottage Grove man is accused of stealing from motorhomes and vehicles parked at an outdoor storage site and then setting the motorhomes on fire. Washington County prosecutors charged 46-year-old Gerald E. Holmes with arson, property damage and theft in connection with an April 6 blaze at Acorn Mini Storage in Cottage Grove. Four motorhomes and two camper trailers were destroyed in the early morning fire. Investigators later that day tracked down Holmes in a Woodbury motel, where he was found sleeping and unresponsive, with a steak knife and cap gun.