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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Washington County's top election official said it could take at least another week or longer to turn over all election documents sought by the Minnesota Republican Party and governor candidate Tom Emmer. The Emmer campaign has requested documents related to Election Day polling place activity, absentee ballot information and other public vote data ahead of a likely hand recount in the governor's race. Kevin Corbid, director of Washington County Property Records and Taxpayer Services, said his department has provided some data to the Emmer-Republican Party legal team, but remaining requests w
Got opinions or questions on the proposed City Hall/Public Safety building? The city of Cottage Grove is inviting the public to a community meeting on the building project. The meeting is planned for Dec. 14 in the council chambers at City Hall, 7516 80th St. S. An open house with architect exhibits is planned for 6:30 p.m. An architect presentation will be a 7 p.m. People can tour the current Public Safety Department at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (651) 458-2882.
The Washington County Board voted to continue participating in a transit improvement program funded with a local sales tax. Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously backed a resolution for a $110 million bonding package by the Counties Improvement Transit Board, the regional group that collects sales tax revenue from five counties and allocates it to area transit projects. By supporting the bonding plan, to be voted on later this month by Counties Transit Improvement Board members, commissioners essentially voiced support for continued involvement in the program that once divided them. The CTIB
Both Minnesota Senate District 57 candidates agree that budget cuts are an essential part of solving the state's budget deficit, and that bringing back jobs to the state is a top priority -- they just disagree on how to do it. Karin Housley, the Republican challenger in the race who cites her business acumen as a key qualification, said the state's projected $5.8 billion budget deficit isn't caused by lack of revenue, but overspending. "There's a lot of waste in government spending," Housley said.
A man shot himself early Friday morning when he encountered police outside a Cottage Grove apartment building, said Cottage Grove Deputy Public Safety Director Pete Koerner. Police had been seeking Duane L. Carlson, 39, of Cottage Grove, after receiving a report he was suicidal, and found a man matching his description walking through The Woodlands apartment complex near a building at 7815 Hearthside Ave., according to a Cottage Grove Police Department press release. Woodbury police had broadcasted the description of the man and his vehicle after getting a call around 11 p.m.
Dr. Sheri Hibbett doesn't have to drive by the family business anymore to work for someone else. The optometrist joins her husband, Dr. Jeff Bieter, full time at Bieter Eye Center in Cottage Grove. "I love it," Hibbett said. "It's nice to be building up my own patient base at my own business." Hibbett, who has been an optometrist for 16 years, worked at area Pearle Vision stores as the four-year-old business grew. Hibbett offers eye exams for adults and children, contact fittings, eye disease and infection treatment and dry eye treatment.
Sandwich-lovers will have a new option in Cottage Grove early next year if a Milwaukee-based company's plans come to fruition. Cousins Subs announced this week it plans to open two to three locations in Cottage Grove. "It's a reasonably sized city ... but it's still not Minnetonka or Minneapolis," said Mark Cairns, the company's director of franchise sales. "We can go into a town like that and become a player in town." The company is in the process of identifying specific locations for shops, and seeking out franchisees to run them, Cairns said.
Two more men were charged in connection with an Aug. 1 fight outside of a St. Paul Park gas station that left a man in critical condition with head injuries. Jim Lee, 22, and Tong Xiong, 22, both of St. Paul, were charged recently in Washington County District Court in connection with the alleged beating of Keith A.
More investments in transportation are needed, said local political candidates who spoke at a transportation forum Thursday in Cottage Grove, but increasing spending will be tough to do in the current economic climate, some said. Increasing the gas tax, motor vehicle sales tax or other fees are three options offered by the Transportation Alliance, the organization that sponsored the forum held at the Washington County Government Center in Cottage Grove. "We have to be aware of the public sentiment for raising taxes right now," said Sen.
She may be 71 years old, but Tina Luymes can interact with ease with the "goths," "emos," "metal kids" and anyone else who walked through the doors of her 25-year business In Concert. "Some people come in and they see the kids and they're a little scared," Luymes said. "These kids are harmless ... it's all fad stuff." On Friday -- one of the store's last days in business -- Luymes joked with shopper Andy Rowe that his oversized ear piercings could save him should he ever get shot -- the bullets could pass right through the around-3-inch diameter of the holes.