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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I started the week wondering when I would go free. The jury summons had arrived in my mailbox several months earlier. I postponed the inevitable inconvenience twice, realizing all along I eventually would have to show up. Oh, sure, "it's your civic duty," but who wants a jury duty invite? Day 1 of jury duty came on a recent Monday morning. At 8:30 a.m., there we were, 101 of us who had been summoned for the week, sitting in every available chair in the courthouse jury room. It looked like the airport gate area for an overbooked red-eye flight after a holiday weekend.
A plan for the future of transit in south Washington County is expected to arrive later this year. The Red Rock Corridor Commission has begun a nine-month updated study of transit options for the southeast metro corridor that runs from St. Paul, through south Washington County and on to Hastings. The study will take into account new demographic and census data for the region, a revised cost estimate for commuter rail service along U.S.
One woman endured abuse for many years, leaving her husband only after he put a loaded gun to her head and cocked the hammer. Another women fell in love fast with a man who later became violently abusive and would try to make up for hitting her by buying her flowers. "I won," the Cottage Grove woman said. "I left him." The women were among panelists at a domestic violence conversation Monday in Cottage Grove. They urged people in abusive relationships to seek help and for friends and relatives who suspect domestic violence to speak up. Cottage Grove Police Sgt.
The Cottage Grove Charter Commission is dedicating its full meeting this month to hearing from residents. The commission is seeking public comment on whether it should proceed toward drafting a new governing document for Cottage Grove. The commission meets at 7 p.m.
District 833's attempt to acquire the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building suffered a setback after a problematic deadline was lifted on the preferred plan for the school building. State lawmakers considering whether to turn over the Crosswinds building in Woodbury to the Perpich Center for Arts Education last week removed an April 1 deadline for approval of the bill. District 833 is in line for the building if the Perpich plan falls through. Perpich officials said the removal of the deadline helps their effort because it gives lawmakers more time to work.
Drivers in Cottage Grove soon could see their speed clocked on a roadside trailer. The Cottage Grove Police Department is buying a digital display speed trailer, following the City Council's approval of the nearly $20,000 purchase March 6. The Cottage Grove Crime Prevention Board is contributing $6,000 toward the trailer's cost. The remaining portion of the purchase is covered by funds the department otherwise would have used toward a new squad car.
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.