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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Helen Petrowske stopped driving just last year, but shows few signs of slowing down. With help from family and friends at Red Rock Manor in Newport, Petrowske celebrated her 100th birthday last Tuesday. "I think it's great," Petrowske said of the Nov. 22 luncheon in her honor, adding that she did not expect such commotion. Petrowske has lived at Red Rock Manor for about six years. She plays bingo on Wednesdays and finds other ways to stay active. "I watch those lousy Vikings," she joked. Petrowske, a West St. Paul native, has been a Newport resident for 60 years.
Eric and Karen Wenzel were surrounded by support of family and friends during a prolonged maedical fight, and are carrying forward that kindness by keeping strangers warm. The Wenzels are in their second year of leading Coats of Kindness, an effort to collect donated winter coats and jackets for customers of Stone Soup Thrift Store and others who need outerwear as the cold winter weather sets in. On a recent day, the Wenzels set up a drop box at Cottage Grove City Hall, one of more than a dozen Coats of Kindness locations in south Washington County and around the Twin Cities. "It grows by t
Three women face felony charges after they allegedly stole more than 80 pairs of jeans and other clothing from the Cottage Grove Kohl's store. The women - two from Minneapolis, one from St. Paul - and two juvenile females stuffed dozens of pairs of jeans into shopping bags and loaded them into a car before being stopped by police, according to criminal complaints filed in Washington County District Court. Washington County prosecutors filed one count of aiding and abetting-theft against each of the three adult suspects: Caswana K. Miles, 23, of St. Paul, and Antenese S.
A 3-week-old infant died Tuesday in Cottage Grove when his sleeping mother suffocated him, according to police and an initial autopsy report. The newborn's death, while initially ruled accidental, is being investigated by police. The case will be reviewed by the Washington County Attorney's Office for possible criminal charges. A parent of the boy called emergency dispatch to report that the infant was not breathing, according to Cottage Grove police. Emergency crews were sent at 10:38 a.m.
A late-afternoon fire destroyed a Cottage Grove garage Tuesday and damaged the adjacent home. There were no injuries reported in the blaze at 6870 84th St. Crews were called to the home at 4:54 p.m. after the homeowners reported smoke from the garage. There were visible flames upon arrival, Cottage Grove firefighter Ben Mair said. The homeowners escaped uninjured as crews spent more than an hour dousing flames. There were approximately five or six small explosions caused by acetylene tanks in the garage.
Authorities were investigating the cause of a newborn baby's death Tuesday in Cottage Grove. A parent of the 3-week-old boy called emergency dispatch to report that the infant was not breathing, according to Cottage Grove police. Emergency crews were dispatched at 10:38 a.m. to a townhome in the 8800 block of 90th Street. An officer attempted CPR until medics arrived and transported the infant to Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury.
A St. Paul Park man who volunteered with the city's annual community festival was killed early Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash north of Prescott, police said. Richard "Ricky" Faulkner Jr., 27, was ejected from his car when it left a rural Pierce County road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Faulkner was traveling southbound on County Road F in Clifton Township when he failed to negotiate a curve just north of an intersection with Highway 29. The 2006 Dodge Charger left the road and rolled in an open field, stopping on its roof.
A St. Paul man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and other charges after a SWAT team helped remove him and his alleged victim early Saturday from a Newport motel that was the site of a police standoff and kidnapping incident last month. Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said in a statement that his department was asked by South St. Paul police Friday evening to help locate a kidnapping suspect and victim. They were found at the Sure Lock Motel, 1280 Hastings Ave. Police called the Washington County Special Response Team to assist at 1:15 a.m. Saturday.
Theft Von Hanson's Meats, 9030 Inwood Ave., reported on Oct. 28 the theft of six propane tanks from a locked cage outside the building. Loss: $300. A Cottage Grove woman reported Oct. 29 that her "slow down speed turtle" sign was stolen from the property in the 8500 block of Ivywood Avenue. Value: $30. A Cottage Grove woman reported Oct. 31 that $2,500 cash was stolen from her residence in the 8100 block of East Point Douglas Road. The woman said she had been away from the residence for some time. A Cottage Grove man living in the 11000 block of Kingsborough Trail reported Nov.
Park High School student Tyler Cheslog planned to be awake at 3 a.m. Friday -- and marching outside.