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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A Cottage Grove man faces two felony charges after police say he admitted to repeatedly engaging in sexual activity with an underage girl. Larry A. Andler, 67, was arrested Saturday at his home. He is charged with first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A Cottage Grove man was arrested late Sunday after allegedly pulling a loaded handgun on patrons at a St. Paul Park bar. Police arrested Eric W. Steil, 44, on suspicion of several assault and weapons-related crimes after officers flooded the bar at Hidden Harbor Marina around 10:20 p.m. for a reported assault involving a firearm. According to an initial police report: When police showed up at Vinny's on the River, they found the suspect, identified as Steil, outside and detained him.
District 833 high school students will have a small slate of new classes to choose from next year but also will lose some courses. The district is adding four college preparatory math classes and three other courses. At the same time, it is eliminating a number of elective courses, some of which while available rarely were offered because too few students signed up. The changes, approved by the School Board Oct.
Park High School's fall play posed at least two challenges for the student cast. The actors had to learn characters that were not familiar to them.
Space constraints, an industry transformation and - oddly enough - the struggling economy prompted the Newport Napa Auto Parts store to expand to a new, larger facility. Standing in the new store last week, owner Steve Linn said the auto parts retailer had outgrown its former Hastings Avenue location. At the same time, there is stronger demand for replacement auto parts. With those factors in mind, Linn Companies built and recently opened the new Napa store at 1586 Hastings Ave., across the parking lot from the store's old space.
The District 833 School Board on Thursday approved the expulsion of a Park High School student through winter break of this school year. Board members also approved the expulsion of a Woodbury High School student for the rest of the 2011-12 school year. Citing data privacy laws, Superintendent Mark Porter did not say what led to the expulsions.
School District 833 property taxpayers are expected to chip in less to pay back district-borrowed funds over the next three years. The School Board on Thursday approved the refinancing of bonds totaling $6.46 million that will result in a savings of over $364,000, administrators said. The district cannot spend that money on other programs; state law requires that the savings be used to reduce taxes paid by property owners in the district. Lower interest rates gained through refinancing will reduce the annual levy for 2012 to 2014 by an average of $123,000.
Steve Lagoon said he is ready to use his classroom experience on the South Washington County School Board. Lagoon, one of seven candidates seeking three seats in the Nov. 8 election, is in his fourth year as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional. "I think I know what will work and what won't work," Lagoon said. One area Lagoon said he would focus on is changing how schools handle chronically disruptive students.
The owner of the Sure Lock Motel in Newport was arrested after a more than six-hour standoff with police late Sunday following an alleged felony assault at the Hastings Avenue motel. Police arrested Roger A. Berres, 48, shortly before midnight on suspicion of second-degree criminal sexual conduct -- which, according to jail booking information, involved a female under the age of 13 -- kidnapping, disturbing the peace, domestic assault and obstructing the legal process. Police declined to provide any details of the alleged assault.
Accidents A 44-year-old St. Paul Park man was injured when he lost control of his motorcycle while driving at 2:20 p.m. Oct. 7 at 103rd Street and Grey Cloud Island Trail. The motorcycle slid on its side. The man was transported to Regions Hospital to be treated for injuries. A 38-year-old Oakdale man was cited for inattentive driving after police say he caused a three-vehicle crash around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the intersection of 70th Street and Goodview Avenue.