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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Cottage Grove's Community Center Task force has intensified its work, making preliminary decisions about amenities and locations, Community Development Director Howard Blin told the Cottage Grove City Council Wednesday, May 5. The task force's preliminary top sites for a community center are Fire Station No. 2, located at 8641 80th St.
Legislation that would stop 3M from burning outside waste in its Cottage Grove incinerator was approved by the Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee Monday, and will next be considered on the House floor. The provision -- which would delay for 10 months a 3M permit application to burn hazardous waste from other companies in its incinerator -- was incorporated into the omnibus environment finance bill. Rep.
A Newport man stopped by police for texting while driving was also charged with drug possession, driving after suspension and having an uninsured vehicle. Aaron T. Zuniga, 23, was stopped on Aug. 1, 2009, in the 7100 block of East Point Douglas Road after an officer saw him driving slowly, with his head down looking at his cell phone and wearing no seatbelt, according to the Washington County District Court Complaint. Zuniga said he knew it was illegal not to wear a seatbelt and to text while driving, but h said he needed to contact someone urgently, the complaint says.
In the course of four years building rockets for competition, a group of four local teenagers has learned many lessons the hard way. In the past, sometimes their fins broke on launches, but now they've made the fins removable so that they're easily replaced. At the national competition in 2007 one of their flights was disqualified because the rocket's motor was pushed out along with the parachute, but this year's rocket has a motor retention system. And on the way to the 2007 competition, their logs, scales and other equipment were stolen from their vehicle overnight while they were sleepin
A business that bills itself as the only eco-friendly auto repair chain in America has plans to open a shop in Cottage Grove during the first week in July, the chain's area representative said. Honest-1 Auto Care will open a Cottage Grove store at 80th Street Crossing (formerly the G-Will Center) following about seven weeks of improvements to the building, said area representative James Henkel. Building improvements will be geared toward conservation and pollution prevention, including the installation of a boiler system fueled by used motor oils to heat the building, he said.
Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton announced Wednesday he'll run for a second term this fall. "In the last four years I think we've accomplished quite a bit, and there's more to accomplish," Hutton said. "I think this is working out pretty well." Hutton cited a smooth switch countywide to the 800 megahertz radio frequency for public safety communications as an accomplishment during his term. He attributed a lot of the success on that project to the work of Steve Pott, who he beat out narrowly for the top job in 2006. Hutton's term has not been without its challenges.
A man picked up in Cottage Grove March 20 for driving without a license was charged with a drug crime after officers searched his vehicle and found a spoon with methamphetamine residue on it, according to the Washington County District Court Complaint. An officer started following Lenert L. Johanson, 34, of White Bear Lake, after someone reported suspicious vehicles around the 7300 block of 99th Street in Cottage Grove at about 3 a.m. The caller reported seeing a full-sized conversion van and a car parked together with their lights on in the area, according to the complaint.
A Newport man allegedly stole a pickup truck from the Newport SuperAmerica store parking lot and later crashed it while fleeing from police on Interstate 94. Damien A. Anderson, 31, was charged recently in Washington County District Court with vehicle theft and fleeing a police officer following an alleged March 17 incident. According to the court complaint, around 2 a.m. on March 17, a Wisconsin State Patrol officer notified Washington County Sheriff's deputies that she was chasing a stolen vehicle west on Interstate 94, across the Minnesota border.
A Blaine man has been charged with smashing the windows and slashing a tire of a car in St. Paul Park after becoming upset that his girlfriend wouldn't give him a ride to a friend's home. Christopher R. Peterson, 26, faces first-degree property damage and domestic assault charges for an alleged March 16 incident. According to the Washington County District Court complaint, Briana Germain, who told police she was Peterson's girlfriend, said she had driven him to a home in the 1200 block of Second Street in St. Paul Park.