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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When Danielle Jelinek disappeared last December, family and friends held out hope they would find her alive. As the five-month search for the Cottage Grove native dragged on, for some that hope turned to an aching wish to just find her. The search for Jelinek, 27, ended Friday when local and state law enforcement found her body in a swamp just a few hundred yards from where she was last seen, the home of her ex-boyfriend Aaron Schnagl in rural Chisago Lakes Township. "At least we get closure for the family," Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan said of the May 10 discovery, which came after a
Gay marriage split south Washington County's legislators just as it divided area residents. In historic votes to make Minnesota the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage, Cottage Grove area lawmakers split -- and both sides cited constituents' support for their decision. Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, was among 75 House members last Thursday to approve changing state law to allow gay marriage beginning Aug. 1. Republican Rep. Denny McNamara sided with most GOP colleagues and two Democrats in opposing the change. Sen.
Authorities on Friday found the body of Danielle Jelinek, ending a six-month search for the Cottage Grove native. Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan said Friday evening that local and state law enforcement located a female body in a swamp a few hundred yards from the home of Jelinek's ex-boyfriend, Aaron Schnagl. Authorities believe he was the last to see her before she disappeared Dec.
Indecent exposure Cottage Grove police cited a man after finding him having sex with a girl in a car parked in the vacant Home Depot parking lot. An officer on routine patrol about 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, found a vehicle in the parking lot in the 7100 block of East Point Douglas Road. Two people were in the backseat having sex, according to the report. An 18-year-old man was cited for indecent exposure. The 16-year-old girl was referred to the Youth Service Bureau.
As Pastor Oby Ballinger greeted the Community United Church of Christ congregation on a recent Sunday morning, a video crew recorded footage of the service from the front corner of the sanctuary. As the conspicuous camera rolled, Ballinger reminded church-goers why they were being filmed and said even though the service was a bit unusual given the camera crew's presence, he intended for their worship to be as normal as possible. The camera crew took in the recent service at the St.
An Oltman Middle School student has died. The 12-year-old Cottage Grove boy died early Monday morning, May 6, authorities said. A preliminary report found the death was by suicide, according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. District 833 Communications Director Barb Brown said a brief statement was read to Oltman students Tuesday explaining that a student had died and that there was help available to them. Parents also were to receive basic information about the death. Oltman Principal Becky Schroeder said extra counselors were at the St.
Suspicious video A Cottage Grove woman told police on March 22 that someone had posted an inappropriate video to her Facebook timeline. The content of the video was not clear in the police report. The video was removed before police could investigate it. Assault A 23-year-old St. Paul man was cited for fifth-degree assault following an altercation involving multiple people on March 23 at a residence in the 8800 block of 90th Street.
Newport has fired the part-time librarian who launched the city's library and community center but whose at-times rogue approach to the job found him in conflict with city officials. Mike Laughton said Wednesday he was terminated after failing to show up at a meeting with two city officials to discuss a personnel issue, the last in a series of dust-ups between him and his boss, Bruce Hanson.
Property damage Police were investigating complaints made March 30 that juveniles were shooting BB guns and damaging houses in the 8300 block of 79th Street. A privacy fence was reported damaged April 3 at Hemingway Avenue and 79th Street. No damage amount was listed. A Cottage Grove resident reported April 10 that someone hammered two bolts into a brake light lens on a vehicle parked in the 7800 block of 73rd Street. Damage: $300. A St.
A car collided with a District 833 school bus carrying students Wednesday morning, but there were no reported injuries. Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Hillside and Hyde avenues in Cottage Grove around 9 a.m. for the crash. The front driver side of a Nissan sedan was wedged beneath the left side of the school bus and partially under the left rear tires. The cars collided on Hyde just north of Hillside. Bus occupants included the driver and nine students. Nobody was injured, said Wes Halvorsen, deputy Cottage Grove fire chief.