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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The vendor spaces are set, the live music is cued and the organizers are ready. Now if the weather will cooperate and spark a bountiful summer growing season. The weekly farmers' market at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ opened for the season Thursday, June 13, offering residents fresh produce, breads, jams, honey, candles, flowers and other items. In its seventh year, the market at Lamar Avenue and 70th Street in Old Cottage Grove is expecting more than 20 vendors each week this summer.
Wedding bells might one day toll at Wayne and Angi Butt's Cottage Grove property, but first came the wrecking ball. The couple last week unofficially kicked off the start of a multi-year construction project with the goal of turning their Old Cottage Grove farm into a wedding venue. The initial step was deconstruction, however, as they hired a crew to knock down two dilapidated concrete feed silos that sat perilously close to the 130-foot barn they envision one day playing host to receptions and reunions. Standing a safe distance from the roughly 60-foot silos, Wayne and Angi watched as an
Theresa Constantine's education plans changed when she became pregnant at 16 and enrolled in a school program for expectant mothers. She eventually went on to hold jobs and raise her children, assuming all along she had fulfilled her high school requirements. Nearly 20 years later, after spending the 2011-12 school year working as a lunchroom and recess staffer at Crestview Elementary School in District 833, Constantine applied for a summer job with a temp agency.
With a few word changes and the deletion of an oath referring to a man and a woman, Washington County has prepared its same-sex marriage license. The county will make available same-sex marriage license applications beginning Thursday, June 6, ahead of the state's Aug. 1 gay marriage legalization. The marriage license application was modified in preparation for the change. The former application referred to a bride and a groom, said Jennifer Wagenius, director of the county's Property Records and Taxpayer Services Department.
Carlyn Lindstrom and Lisa Linn have known for a couple of years they were at the top of their class at Park High School. But it was never a competition between the two close friends for the No. 1 spot - or was it? "There is a hardcore competition," Linn admitted with a laugh. That surprised Lindstrom. "Really? I don't feel like there is a competition," she said. The two can joke about their rankings - Lindstrom is Park's top senior, Linn is No.
Police say a man was robbed at knifepoint early Thursday after he went to a secluded area of Newport to meet another male for sex. Police were called at about 3:15 a.m. Thursday to the 2200 block of Larry Lane, where a man told officers he had been robbed at knifepoint. The man said he had been talking to another male over the computer and they agreed to meet in the area to have sex, according to police. That area is near the Bailey School Forest. When the man arrived, two white males got into his car and threatened him with a knife.
Suspicious male A South St. Paul man was told to leave Hidden Harbor Marina April 21 after he was reported as suspicious. The man told police he was bored and was "looking for snakes" around the marina. He left without incident. A 41-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited April 30 for scavenging after police found him in the 1400 block of Lincoln Avenue with a bike and child trailer full of objects such as hose reels and used toys.
Local lawmakers assigned mixed grades to the recently completed legislative session. Sen. Katie Sieben and Rep. Dan Schoen, Democrats whose party controls the Legislature, gave the budget and other work high marks.
Fire Police were called to the ball fields at Crestview Elementary School about 1:40 p.m. May 12 for a fire to a portable toilet.
Military veterans and area residents turned out Monday to observe Memorial Day in south Washington County parks and cemeteries. Members of the American Legion Post 98 and Voiture 33 (40/8) in St. Paul Park and the Cottage Grove VFW Post 8752 visited the Grey Cloud Cemetery, the Mississippi River, Atkinson Cemetery, St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery, Newport Cemetery, Red Rock Cemetery, Old Cottage Grove Cemetery, Basswood Cemetery in Denmark Township and Levitt Cemetery, along with St.