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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The icy, snowy mess that hit south Washington County late Tuesday and into Wednesday wreaked havoc for drivers on local highways and on side streets in and around Cottage Grove. Cottage Grove police and emergency workers responded to nearly 30 reports of minor-damage crashes, vehicle spinouts and stuck vehicles between 9 p.m. Tuesday and early Wednesday afternoon. Slick roadways, accumulating snow and strong wind gusts made driving a challenge for more of Wednesday morning. The snow tapered off in the afternoon.
Park High School temporarily suspended use of two indoor batting cages after three student athletes suffered minor injuries Tuesday when one of the cages collapsed. Three members of the Park boys golf team were in one of the cages in the school gymnasium Tuesday afternoon when it collapsed, said Kay Pavel, District 833 communications specialist. "They weren't seriously injured," she said. "They just had some cuts." An ambulance was called at about 3:30 p.m., but none of the students required assistance.
A local church is looking for volunteers to help fill sandbags beginning this week in a Cottage Grove neighborhood threatened by flooding. All Saints Lutheran Church is coordinating a sandbagging effort to protect homes in the River Acres neighborhood along the Mississippi River. Two families who belong to the church live on River Acres Road and could see flooding, but the sandbagging operation will help other flood-threatened homeowners in need of assistance, said the Rev.
Civil War re-enactor Ken Martens was in full uniform Saturday for his discussion of what life was like as a soldier in the Civil War. Martens' discussion, which drew around two dozen people to the Park Grove Library, was a program of the Washington County Library system to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry that served in the Civil War. The program is funded with grant money from a state arts fund backed by sales tax revenue.
The road trip days may be over for two local women after one admitted to police that she stole money from the other during a trip they took together. Cottage Grove police took a theft report earlier this week from a Cottage Grove woman who said $500 cash was taken from the glove box in her vehicle. She had returned from a road trip with a friend and found the money missing. A 25-year-old St. Paul Park woman admitted to police that she took the cash from her friend. The woman was cited for misdemeanor theft March 13.
Washington County remains the state's fifth-largest county, but it led the growth of first-tier suburban counties over the past decade, according to new 2010 census data released Wednesday. Washington County grew from a population of 201,130 in 2000 to 238,136 last year.
Knife assault Police were investigating a knife assault that reportedly occurred Feb. 17 at the Park Grove Bowl, 1020 Hastings Ave. An 18-year-old male had been assaulted with a knife. The victim was cut on his hand in a fight. Police did not release further details. No-contact violation A 31-year-old man was arrested and cited Feb. 17 for violating a domestic abuse no-contact order. The man was arrested at a residence in the 700 block of Summit Avenue. The suspect did not have a permanent address. Theft A St. Paul Park woman reported Feb.
The East Ridge boys basketball team's season ended Friday in a 91-81 loss to the Roseville Raiders in a Section 4AAAA quarterfinal at Roseville. The three-seed Raiders opened strong offensively and led by 13 at one point in the first half while employing a tight defense that forced turnovers and rattled the Raptors.
Property damage A Newport woman reported Feb. 13 that someone damaged a vehicle parked in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue. A window was broken. Damage estimated at $150. Boyd's Motel, 1700 Hastings Ave., reported damage to property in one of the motel rooms Feb. 2. A door was kicked in and a window was broken. Damage: $500. Theft Super America gas station, 1624 Hastings Ave., reported Feb. 7 that someone passed two bad checks. Burglary Police were called Feb. 4 to an apartment in the 600 block of 7th Avenue on a reported burglary.
Sheka Mansaray is not one man out to save the world. He just wants improve one country 50 students at a time. Mansaray, a 2007 Park High School graduate, said education has created many opportunities for him, and now he hopes to do the same for young people in his native Sierra Leone. The 21-year-old Minnesota State University-Mankato student started a foundation this year to raise money to fund a new education venture for youths in the west African country. The initiative is called "50strong 50wise" and Mansaray's goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of 2011.