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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State Rep. John Kriesel cited family reasons as he announced Thursday he won't seek re-election to the Minnesota House, abruptly stepping away from a rising political career and shaking up a south Washington County legislative race. Kriesel, a Cottage Grove Republican, announced on a Twin Cities sports radio station that he'll step down at the end of his first term. Kriesel gained attention as he ran for election in 2010 because of his background as a National Guard soldier who lost his legs to a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq in 2006.
Cottage Grove's post office is on the market. The U.S. Postal Service is trying to sell its main post office at 7130 East Point Douglas Road as it plans to move retail services and post office boxes to an annex facility on the west side of Highway 61. The property is being marketed by Minneapolis-based real estate firm CBRE, which has posted a For Sale sign outside the building.
Cottage Grove lawmakers want the state to help jumpstart local small businesses by funding a headquarters for fledging start-ups. A bill by GOP Rep. John Kriesel and Sen.
A Cold Spring, Minn., man was sentenced to prison in connection with an alleged burglary of the former Rush nightclub building in Cottage Grove. Aaron J. Hurlburt, 29, was sentenced last month to 17 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to possessing burglary tools, a felony. Two other felony charges - receiving stolen property and third-degree burglary - were dismissed as part of a Feb. 23 plea deal. A criminal complaint alleged that Hurlburt and another man had gone to the vacant West Point Douglas Road nightclub in the middle of the night Oct.
Washington County prosecutors and school leaders hope tough talk about truancy will send some students back to class. The Washington County Attorney's Office and local school districts are trying to keep kids in the classroom -- and out of court -- by holding candid conversations with habitual truants and their parents. The new program is focused on the South Washington County School District for the remainder of this school year. The first meeting was held Feb.
Lonnie Rogowski spent 30 years fixing cars for someone else. Now he's working for himself. Rogowski and his wife, Sue, recently opened AJacks Automotive Service, a car and truck repair shop on East Point Douglas Road. Rogowski spent three decades as an auto technician for shops such as Goodyear and Car-X, working in a number of stores around the southeast metro. He said customers were loyal to him and followed him when he changed locations. "Wherever I would go, they would follow," he said. He's hoping they do the same again.
An unrelated assault case led to the discovery that a Cottage Grove man allegedly raped a pre-teenage girl over 100 times during her life, according to police and court records. Johnathan R. Beying, 30, was charged in Washington County District Court with four felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A Cottage Grove man was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to defrauding investors in a $5 million real estate scheme. Robert W. Dufresne, 47, was ordered Tuesday in federal court to spend 97 months in prison for committing one count of mail fraud and one count of money laundering. The sentencing came after Dufresne last year admitted that over a three-year period beginning in October 2005 he defrauded investors whom he had sought to fund a house-flipping business, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
The next South Washington County Schools superintendent must be honest, trustworthy and well-schooled in education curriculum. That superintendent also should make it a priority to maintain small class sizes and build trust with the community, while being aware that the greatest challenge facing the district is teachers and the public's lack of trust in the administration and concerns about class sizes. That snapshot of the district and its superintendent needs was captured in a recent survey of district employees, residents and students, and in focus groups convened as the District 833 Scho
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said the prospect of jail time alone is not enough curb the growth of prescription drug abuse. "I can lock these guys up all day long, but it's a public health issue," Orput said. Orput and fellow east-metro prosecutors are pledging to work together with law enforcement and other service agencies to fight criminal activity. They formed the East Metro Crime Prevention Coalition and plan to improve their communication, share educational resources and crime prevention tactics and coordinate their response to emerging criminal activity.