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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An age-old prank caused $3,200 in damage and will result in felony charges. Cottage Grove police say two juveniles and an 18-year-old Cottage Grove woman will be charged with felony property damage after they allegedly threw eggs at parked vehicles. A Cottage Grove resident reported that vehicles were been struck by eggs three nights in a row. One vehicle was hit while parked in the 7100 block of Imperial Ave., and then that vehicle and two others were hit by eggs the following two nights while parked in the 8100 block of Janero Ave.
Citations issued by Cottage Grove police in the past two weeks: On-street parking - 72 Speeding - 16 No proof of insurance - 8 Driving after suspension - 5 No Minnesota driver's license - 5 Expired registration - 4 Small amount of marijuana - 3 Driving after revocation - 3 Stop sign - 3 Seat belt - 3 Inattentive driving - 2 Fourth-degree DUI - 2 Minor consumption - 1 Harassment restraining order violation - 1 Traffic light - 1 License not in possession -1 Failure to display registration - 1 Wrong way - 1 Driving after cancellation - 1 Handicapped parking - 1 Failure
Fraud A Cottage Grove woman reported Feb. 23 that someone made a charge to her bank account for $241. Three purchases were made over the Internet. Burglary A Cottage Grove woman reported Feb. 18 that someone had entered a residence in the 9400 block of 72nd Street. Nothing was reported stolen, but the woman said alcoholic beverages were consumed by the suspect or suspects in the residence. Forced entry was gained through a window. Police received a report Feb. 27 that someone entered an unoccupied residence in the 7900 block of 76th Street and stole the washing machine.
South Washington County residents have an opportunity this weekend to ask questions of freshman state Rep. John Kriesel. Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, will host his first town hall-style meeting Saturday in Cottage Grove. The event will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at American Motorsports Bar and Grill, 7240 E. Point Douglas Road. It is open to the public. Fellow Republican Rep. Denny McNamara of Hastings will join Kriesel Saturday.
Police are investigating a reported theft of $650 from Grey Cloud Elementary School in Cottage Grove. An employee at the school reported that $650 cash was stolen from the school Feb. 15. Cottage Grove police Sgt. Steve McCarthy said Thursday that the case was still an active investigation, so would not provide details. No arrests have been made as part of the investigation, McCarthy said. District officials declined to comment because of the police investigation.
Former Washington County Commissioner Myra Peterson was passed up for a spot on the Metropolitan Council. Peterson applied for a seat on the regional planning council in Gov. Mark Dayton's administration, but is not among the 16 people Dayton plans to appoint. Dayton's office released the list Wednesday; formal appointments are planned for Monday. Peterson served about 18 years on the Washington County Board, but lost re-election last fall to Autumn Lehrke, like Peterson a Cottage Grove resident.
Disagreements over pageantry and promotion led to the formation of a new Cottage Grove ambassadors program and the dissolution of a long-standing royalty organization. Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest organizers are gearing up for their first-ever Scholarship Ambassador Program this year, just as the Cottage Grove Royalty Scholarship Program is waving farewell. Cottage Grove Royalty organizers said they were making changes to their program to coincide with their 30th year, but decided that their show will not go on.
Rep. John Kriesel has been in the Minnesota Legislature nearly two months, but said he finally feels like a lawmaker. The freshman legislator saw his first bill pass off the Minnesota House floor Thursday. The measure would prohibit the sale or possession of synthetic marijuana, a drug known as "fake pot" that can be purchased in convenience stores but worries law enforcement because of its potency and popularity with youth. Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, earlier this session moved the bill through House committees, where Cottage Grove police officers testified in support of the proposal.
Gov. Mark Dayton said he supports a proposal to use state funds to buy residential properties along the poorly constructed, unsound levee in Newport. The governor said he would back a measure to use state-borrowed dollars to resolve the flood threat in Newport, where roughly one dozen homes sit adjacent to a structurally unsound earthen levee. Sen.
Maurice "Frenchy" Fugere loved riding his Harley Davidson so much that the Cottage Grove man brought the bike with him when he spent winters with his son in Florida. "The bike came before anything in his life," said his wife, Nancy, herself a motorcycle enthusiast. Fugere, 69, was returning to his son's home near Tampa last Friday after a day out with friends when he rounded a curve and hit a cow standing in the roadway. He was thrown from the Harley and killed. "I'm sure it was a split-second thing," Nancy said. "He laid his bike down and died instantly." Fugere was southbound on U.S.