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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St. Paul Park police fielded nearly 30 emergency calls and arrested or cited at least seven people for various violations during the recent Heritage Days festival. Calls ranged from fights to intoxicated revelers acting in defiance of police officers during the peak of the weekend festival. Most calls were between the night of Aug. 19 and the morning of Aug. 21. "I think things were pretty much average," said St.
Many Bulletin readers have stories to share about where you were when the terrorist attacks occurred Sept. 11, 2001, or how you learned of the tragedy. For some, including those who lost loved ones in the attacks or played a role in the emergency response, the memories are painfully clear. For others, details of that day may have faded, but the tragedy has shaped your views a decade later. Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the attacks next month, we would like to hear from you. We are asking readers to share their memories of Sept. 11, but also to explore how that event changed you.
Cottage Grove police community service officer Matthew Dahlquist often fields animal calls, retrieving loose dogs and cats and removing critters such as raccoons from a homeowner's yard. The work typically does not involve large, prehistoric-looking reptiles. Washington County park workers called police Thursday morning after they found an unusual reptile along the shore of a body of water at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. It is an iguana - OK, a big iguana - but police initially were told it was a komodo dragon, a larger and far more dangerous creature. Dahlquist said he didn't know
Hundreds of Newport area residents celebrated the city's annual Pioneer Day Sunday at Pioneer Memorial Park. Families snacked on fresh corn on the cob and other festival food, kids bounced around in a large inflatable jumper and other festival-goers enjoyed a car show, craft sales and other entertainment that followed the Pioneer Day parade.
Erik Bendl has the world on a string, his dog Nice on a leash and many miles to go. Bendl is using an unconventional approach to raise awareness and money for diabetes research. The 49-year-old from Louisville, Ky., is walking cross-country, pushing his 6-foot inflatable globe as motorists and passerby crane their necks at the unusual sight. "It is an effective way to raise awareness," Bendl said as he walked through Cottage Grove Thursday toward St. Paul Park and points farther north. Bendl, a carpenter by trade, is on his fifth multi-state walk.
Tracy Caponigri wants to start a Cottage Grove community theater but wonders if it could fill a cast and draw an audience. Caponigri, a Park High School theater director and Hastings resident, is seeking feedback from Cottage Grove-area residents to her plan of launching a volunteer, local theater program. She has set up an online survey to get local residents' input on her idea and plans to reach out to prospective members of a board of directors.
A 22-year-old man faces attempted murder and other felony charges in connection with an armed standoff Tuesday at a house in St. Paul Park. Washington County prosecutors allege that Nathan A. Kluessendorf threatened to kill police and fired up to 40 rounds at officers while he was inside his home and they were outside.
A nearly five-hour standoff early Tuesday in St. Paul Park ended when a 22-year-old man who repeatedly shot at law enforcement was hit by police sniper fire, state investigators said. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the suspect as Nathan A.
Police shot a 22-year-old man early Tuesday after he fired "multiple, multiple" gunshots at law enforcement during a four-hour standoff at a St. Paul Park home, Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton said. The man was injured, arrested and transported to Regions Hospital where he was in surgery Tuesday morning, Hutton said.
Washington County Fair organizers want to show that their annual event is not just for the young and old. The fair board is trying to attract more middle-aged adults to the five-day event at the fairgrounds in Lake Elmo. The strategy for drawing that crowd to this year's fair - which begins Wednesday, Aug. 3 and concludes Sunday, Aug.