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.
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Cottage Grove's former city hall building is proving valuable while vacant for at least one group: law enforcement. A few weeks after a SWAT team practiced in the building, police canine officers from surrounding cities and counties searched for hiding suspects and stashed narcotics in a recent training exercise. Cottage Grove police canine handler Mike Vandervort, who helped to organize the training, said the building works well for their drills because it's mostly empty and has an unusual floor plan with many small rooms and storage areas.
Kathy Rustin-Westphal wanted the name Kate. Rustin-Westphal, of St. Paul Park, vied Wednesday for the title of Klondike Kate of 2013, the vivacious dance-hall-style singer in the St. Paul Winter Carnival celebration. A Cottage Grove native and Park High School graduate, Rustin-Westphal was one of three finalists in the Klondike Kate contest at the Prom Center in Oakdale, but came up short of receiving the title and sash. She competed in 2012 as well. "It's so much fun," she said.
A proposed wild turkey hunt in Newport has been shot down. Acting on complaints about a growing turkey population, city staff proposed expanding the archery ordinance that allows a city deer hunt to include the birds. But a split City Council pierced the bow hunt plan on Thursday, Jan. 3. "I don't see a need for us to have a turkey hunt in Newport," council member Steven Gallagher said. Newport executive analyst Renee Helm said the city had received complaints about the growth in the number of turkeys in Newport.
A St. Paul Park woman who was found with a heroin needle in her sock during a shoplifting arrest faces a felony drug charge. Shelby J. Cook, 27, was charged with fifth-degree drug possession following a Nov. 24 shoplifting incident at Walmart in Woodbury. The criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court describes the incident this way: Police were called to Walmart after store security allegedly saw Cook and a male who was with her conceal $19 worth of merchandise in her purse and then leave the store. Cook admitted to stealing the merchandise.
firstname.lastname@example.org If you name it, will they claim it? The city of Cottage Grove hopes that's the case as it markets an area around the former Cottage View Drive-In for commercial development. The Cottage Grove City Council on Jan.
A man who allegedly threatened to return to his former workplace in St. Paul Park and shoot two people faces a felony threats charge. Dushawn Heinken, 47, of Brooklyn Center, Minn., is charged with terroristic threats in connection with alleged statements he made after leaving employment at Able Cold Storage and Able Trucking. According to the criminal complaint: Heinken was allowed use of a truck from his former employer so he could move to Georgia in October 2011. When he did not return the truck, authorities located Heinken in Kentucky and impounded the truck.
The family of a Cottage Grove woman who lit herself on fire after she was scorned on national cable TV is set to receive a financial settlement. An attorney for the family of Toni A. Medrano said Friday a settlement was reached with CNN, the HLN network and the Nancy Grace show. Grace had called Medrano "Vodka Mom" and castigated her during a segment about the woman's arrest in connection with her infant son's death. Days later in July 2012, Medrano lit herself on fire outside her mother's St.
The future of the Cottage View Drive-In's classic roadside sign is unknown, but one thing is certain: it has to come down. The red and white vintage marquee sign with neon lighting along Highway 61 in Cottage Grove needs to be relocated in the coming months to accommodate road construction and construction of a Walmart store on a portion of the now-closed drive-in property. The drive-in closed last fall after 46 years as the property owner, Gerry Herringer, sold 22 acres of land to Walmart. The discount retailer plans construction of a Supercenter on the site beginning later this year.
Cottage Grove City Council members snuffed out a proposed smoking ban in city parks. Council members unanimously opposed a policy that would have prohibited smoking in city parks with some exceptions allowed, including for private events and at the city-owned River Oaks Golf Course. Council concerns included how to enforce a policy, which unlike an ordinance would have no legal penalty.
The top five candidates for a spot on the District 833 School Board all have had some involvement with South Washington County Schools but would bring widely varying backgrounds to the position. The applicants being interviewed later this week include a professional at 3M-Cottage Grove; a security and building property official involved in Cottage Grove youth sports and Park High School athletics; a former School Board member with school staffing and volunteer experience; a college English instructor who has conducted staff training in District 833 schools; and a teacher who directs education