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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District 833's attempt to acquire the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building in Woodbury got a bit more difficult after a House committee approved an alternative plan for the facility. The House Education Finance Committee on Tuesday advanced a proposal to put the Crosswinds school under the governing umbrella of the Perpich Center for Arts Education. The committee overwhelmingly approved the measure on a voice vote, sending it to a House government operations committee.
Freshman state Rep. Dan Schoen is serving on a panel assigned with hammering out a compromise plan for a new health insurance exchange for Minnesota. Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, is one of 10 members of a House-Senate conference committee that is trying to reconcile the two chambers' competing plans for the online health insurance marketplace. Legislative leaders gave the conference committee until Thursday to reach an agreement so that final votes could be taken as early as Friday.
Drugs An 18-year-old Cottage Grove male student at the District 833 Alternative Learning Center was cited Feb. 26 for possession of a small amount of marijuana. Burglary Police were called Feb. 28 to a home in the 9800 block of Miller Road. A caretaker said someone broke into the home and stole eight guns and a BB gun. The guns were worth a total of $2,500. A Cottage Grove woman reported Feb. 28 that someone went into her garage in the 8900 block of Greystone Avenue and stole a radio and car battery. There was no sign of forced entry into the garage.
Three men and a woman were taken to a hospital after a car crashed into a tree Friday in a residential neighborhood in Cottage Grove. Emergency crews were called shortly after noon to a report that a car struck a tree at 8676 Indian Blvd. One passenger was reported to have been ejected from the small sedan, which was lodged against the tree. Crews transported the female passenger on a stretcher, while the three men were interviewed by police. They too were then taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Cottage Grove Police Capt.
ST. PAUL - Those on opposite sides of the same-sex marriage debate use the same argument: It is about families. Both camps made their case Wednesday, Feb. 27, as Minnesota lawmakers released a proposal that would allow gay couples to wed. "We are affirming that thing that we all prize: Love that is the center of everything," bill author Sen.
Property damage Police were called to an apartment complex at 8130 East Point Douglas Road on Feb. 16 on a report that a garage door handle was damaged. A Cottage Grove resident reported Feb. 18 that a window was shot out of a vehicle parked in the 8100 block of Jergen Avenue. No damage estimate listed. The owner thought it was hit with a BB. Theft A Cottage Grove man reported Feb.
A Cottage Grove woman stopped at home while running errands, but then was stopped in her tracks as she went to leave several minutes later. Her car had started on fire in her garage. The woman called 911 when she saw smoke coming from under the vehicle shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. The fire spread from the vehicle to the garage but did not extend to the attached home, Cottage Grove Fire Chief Rick Redenius said. Thick black smoke billowed from the garage at 6941 Homestead Ave. as firefighters arrived.
Anita Conrade was in marketing but wanted to make a change and do something completely different. Her volunteer efforts with the Wags and Whiskers dog rescue organization unknowingly put her on that path. While caring for other dogs Conrade realized Cottage Grove lacked a dog boarding facility. Now, Conrade and longtime partner Rick Perry are about to fill that gap by opening Hound Around Resort, the only dog daycare and boarding business in Cottage Grove. Conrade said they conducted market research to decide whether Cottage Grove would be a lucrative location for their business.
Sides are being chosen at the state Capitol over the future of a local school building. Lawmakers got their first look last week at a bill that would fold Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School into the purview of a west-metro arts-based school that enrolls students from around the state and preserve Crosswinds' unique integration offerings. On the other side of the battle is District 833, which is poised to take over the Crosswinds building in Woodbury if the bill isn't passed by April 1.
A south Washington County man was arrested for alleged theft and for carrying a rock in a sock that he claimed was a weapon. Jabari A. Lafayette, 23, of St. Paul Park, was arrested Feb. 15 and booked into Washington County jail for alleged shoplifting and a weapons violation. Police had been called to Kohls, 7990 Hardwood Ave., for a shoplifting incident. Lafayette allegedly took clothing valued at $64. He also had a orange sock containing a large concrete rock, which he said he uses as a weapon for protection, according to the report.