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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Tensia Richard was working out in Anytime Fitness when her estranged husband showed up. She met him outside the fitness club at 7750 Harkness Ave., in the middle of the afternoon.
Tensia Marie Richard had feared for her life. Sixteen months ago police were called after her husband, Chevel Charles Richard, verbally threatened her during a fight over a text message she had received. The June 4, 2011, incident was not physical, but Chevel had a history of violent behavior and Tensia was frightened for her safety, according to police and court records. "She was very afraid he was going to hurt her," said detective Sgt. Randy McAlister of the Cottage Grove Police Department.
Tensia Richard was happy, thoughtful and willing to speak her mind. She had a good smile and was a great friend. Those are among the memories friends and relatives have of Tensia as they grieve the 22-year-old Cottage Grove woman's death last week.
Relatives of Tensia Richard set up a fund to benefit her two young sons. The boys -- 3 years old and 7 months old -- were left without parents when Tensia was shot and killed by her estranged husband, Chevel Richard, the boys' father. Chevel then shot himself and died. The boys are being cared for by Tensia's parents, police have said. People who want to give money to benefit the children can donate to the Chavelo and Ace Martinez Benefit Fund through any branch of the Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. The nearest branches are: Hastings 1731 N.
Dozens of Tensia Richard's relatives and friends gathered for a vigil Saturday in Cottage Grove to remember the 22-year-old mother killed in a murder-suicide two days earlier. More than 50 people gathered in a field across the street from the strip mall where Richard was gunned down by her estranged husband, Chevel Richard, who then shot and killed himself. Clutching purple candles, Tensia's family and former Park High School classmates said she should be remembered for the love she gave to her two boys -- 3-year-old Chavelo and 7-month-old Ace -- and her friendship. "She just loves her kid
Police on Friday identified the woman and man who died in a Thursday afternoon murder-suicide at a Cottage Grove strip mall and said the man had threatened the woman before. Police Chief Craig Woolery said Chevel Charles Richard, 22, of Eagan, shot his estranged wife, Tensia Marie Richard, 22, of Cottage Grove, after a brief conversation outside of the Anytime Fitness club.
South Washington County School Board Chairwoman Leslee Boyd is resigning at the end of the year. Boyd announced at the board's Thursday night meeting she will step down in December after five years on the board. Boyd said she and her family are moving to Oklahoma, where her husband is taking a new job. "It has been a privilege to serve the communities of south Washington County as a member of the school board," she said, noting the honor she felt by serving as board chairwoman the past three years.
A fight broke out at a Cottage Grove wedding reception and one man was sent to the hospital with injuries. Police responded to an assault call at about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Mississippi Dunes Golf Links, 10351 Grey Cloud Trail. People were attending a wedding at the clubhouse, and a fight broke out involving several people. A 26-year-old Brooklyn Park man was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, but his injuries were not believed to be severe, according to police. The case is under investigation. No arrests have been made.
Political newcomer Dan Schoen said his professional work require skills citizens want to see in their legislators: the ability to negotiate and compromise. A Cottage Grove police officer, Schoen's key pitch as he seeks the open District 54A House seat is that there is too much gridlock at the Legislature and not enough willingness to work together. He said his law enforcement work requires collaboration -- and it gives him a unique window into how state decisions affect people's daily lives. "It comes down to working with people from different backgrounds," he said, comparing legislators fr
Derrick Lehrke saw what he thought was a problem so he ran for Cottage Grove City Council.