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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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.
This is one relationship that may be off to a rocky start. A Minneapolis woman was arrested last week for allegedly stealing her new boyfriend's car in Cottage Grove. The Cottage Grove man called police Feb. 20 to report that his girlfriend of one month took his car without permission from his home in the 8100 block of East Point Douglas Road. Police later found the vehicle unoccupied near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Radio Drive in Woodbury. Then police found the woman at a nearby gas station, and she had the car keys to the stolen vehicle, according to the report. Samantha L.
State health officials plan to idle a study of perfluorochemical (PFC) levels in Cottage Grove and other east-metro residents, but a legislative effort could reverse that decision. The Minnesota Department of Health plans to wind down its monitoring of 3M-produced chemicals in a group of local citizens and divert funds to other public health research deemed "more pressing." The study changes are part of Gov.
A Sunday morning fire forced the relocation of up to 20 residents of the Norris Square senior living facility in Cottage Grove. After a small apartment fire broke out, Norris Square staff and emergency responders worked quickly to move residents who live in apartments near the fire to another part of the building, Cottage Grove Fire Chief Rick Redenius said. Fire crews were called at 8:28 a.m. to the building at 8200 Hadley Ave., near the intersection of 80th Street and Highway 61. The fire occurred in a second-floor apartment on the back side of the building, Redenius said.
The Cottage Grove City Council paved the way for a large residential street project despite some residents' hopes for a dead end to the construction plan. More than 100 homeowners packed the council chambers for a nearly two-hour hearing Wednesday as council members supported a project first proposed more than a decade ago but shelved, and then postponed again last year amid previous citizen complaints. The council's 4-1 vote allows planning to proceed on the $7.6 million pavement rehabilitation project this summer on streets in an area bound by 70th Street to the north, 80th Street to the s
A South Washington County Schools employee faces possible disciplinary action. The District 833 School Board is set to approve a letter outlining discipline for a male employee and the basis for the discipline at its meeting tonight. The district did not release any information about the employee to be disciplined ahead of the board action, citing employee privacy laws. The School Board is not often asked to approve disciplinary action involving an employee. The board meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the District Service Center in Cottage Grove.
The Cottage Grove Charter Commission will hear from key city staff when it meets later this month. Commission members want a presentation on the city budget and its taxing and spending. Top city administrative and finance staff are expected to attend and answer questions from commission members about the potential impact of a charter. The meeting comes as the commission is nearing a decision on whether to draft a proposed charter for the city.