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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Two men likely face criminal charges for allegedly breaking into the former Rush nightclub building in Cottage Grove and stealing wiring valued at $68. Police arrested Michael Howlett, 27, of Pepin, Wis., and Aaron Hurlburt, 29, after officers were tipped off to a suspicious vehicle early in the morning on Oct. 8. According to the police report: Police were dispatched shortly after 3 a.m. to the 8400 block of Grospoint Avenue on a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area. Police found the vehicle, but it was parked legally and unoccupied.
The Metropolitan Council is considering legal action against 3M, claiming it could face costly infrastructure upgrades to meet proposed water treatment standards that the agency has suggested were a response to 3M chemical pollution in and around Cottage Grove. Met Council officials have pointed to 3M's perfluorochemical (PFC) groundwater pollution in the eastern Twin Cities area as a cause of contaminated water discharge into the Mississippi River between St. Paul and Hastings.
A St. Paul Park man is accused of being a "peeping Tom" for allegedly peeking into the window of a girl's home after dark. The arrest earlier this month of Michael L. Kramm, 24, came after a friend of the alleged victim's mother set a trap to catch Kramm in the act. Kramm then told differing stories of why he was found with a ladder and ski mask outside a home, but eventually told police he was just playing a prank on the alleged victim, according to the criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court. Kramm is charged with interference with privacy, a gross misdemeanor.
A motorcyclist suffered head injuries when he was struck by another vehicle Sunday in Denmark Township. David Sanderson, 42, of Lakeville, sustained cuts to his head in the crash and was transported to Regina Hospital in Hastings. According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office: A vehicle driven by Jeanine Twisk, 38, of Woodbury, was southbound on St. Croix Trail. Twisk was going to make a right turn onto 90th Street, but changed course at the last moment and attempted to turn left into Whistling Well Orchard.
State officials say recent testing of private wells in Cottage Grove and Woodbury did not detect harmful levels of 3M-manufactured chemicals. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Thursday that test results returned this week showed that the level of perfluorochemicals (or PFCs) in private wells near a former 3M dump site in Woodbury did not exceed state drinking-water standards. However, it remains unclear why increased levels of PFCs were found in groundwater at the former landfill, the agency said. Private wells at roughly 20 Cottage Grove homes near the landfill site were tested l
Two recent routine traffic stops in Cottage Grove led to a number of drug-related arrests. Two people were apprehended on suspicion of drug charges and another was picked up for an outstanding warrant following a Tuesday traffic stop at 80th Street and Hinton Ave. The officer who made the stop allegedly saw a methamphetamine pipe in plain view in the vehicle. Subsequently, Lyndsey Kidd, 24, of Little Canada, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree possession of narcotics, according to the report. Another vehicle occupant, Michael C.
A mixture of alcohol and suspicion led to an unusual incident on a St. Paul Park street last month. A St. Paul Park man who fell while intoxicated and bloodied his face and was thought dead by his drunken acquaintance later showed up riding a stolen bicycle. The recently released police report described the Sept. 10 incident this way: The man, whose age was not listed, fell around 7 p.m. on 14th Avenue and scraped his forehead, causing it to bleed.
Theft James R. Cerney, Grey Cloud Island Township, was arrested Sept. 11 for allegedly stealing five aluminum cabinets ($1,000 total) from Supermom's Bakery, 625 Second St. Officers allegedly found Cerney unloading the cabinets in a property next to his yard, according to the police report. A Cottage Grove man reported Sept. 10 that his pig cooker was stolen from the American Legion Post 98, 328 Broadway Ave. The cooker was later recovered, but the man refused to provide more details to police. A St. Paul Park woman reported Sept.
Minnesota Viking Bernard Berrian didn't like state Rep. John Kriesel's assessment of Sunday's Vikings game. Berrian traded messages with Kriesel on Twitter, and in one tweet told the Cottage Grove lawmaker to "sit down n shut up." Kriesel poked fun at the wide receiver's on-field performance in the 22-17 loss, tweeting: "If you want to follow a hilarious twitter account, try (Berrian) who says that he's open and should get the ball more." Berrian responded: "Anytime u wanna watch the film with me.
A messy rental dispute between local elected officials Derrick and Autumn Lehrke and tenants in a St. Paul Park duplex they own concluded with both sides claiming they came out on top. A judge on Wednesday denied the Lehrkes' request to have tenants in one of their rental units immediately evicted for failing to pay rent and preventing them from securing a renewed rental license. However, Washington County District Court Judge John Hoffman also ordered that the tenants, Jim and Stacie Berreth, pay rent to the Lehrkes until they move out.