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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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.
The final credits rolled on the Cottage View Drive-In's 2011 season Saturday night. The drive-in's 45th year ended with movie fans huddled under blankets and nestled inside their vehicles on a brisk fall night. Screening on the drive-in's last night of the year were "Dolphin Tale" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II." The future of the local landmark along Highway 61 in Cottage Grove was on the mind of some movie-goers Saturday.
Accident Police were called Sept. 2 after a dog was struck by a car in the 8400 block of 80th Street. The dog was unleashed. The owner took it to a veterinary hospital. Police were called Sept. 7 to the 7700 block of Hinton Avenue after a Cottage Grove struck an apartment building while backing up in a vehicle. The vehicle had mechanical problems, according to the report. Counterfeit money Rainbow Foods, 7282 East Point Douglas Road, reported Sept. 4 that the store received a counterfeit $100 bill. The case is under investigation.
A dispute between Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke and a tenant living in one of his rental properties is headed for a courtroom as they trade accusations of poor property management and delayed and missed rent payments. Lehrke and his wife, Autumn, want a Washington County District Court judge to evict tenant Jim Berreth and his family from a St.
Halloween fans have a new local store to find the perfect costume - whether it's spooky, sexy or silly. Spirit Halloween Superstore recently opened its doors in Cottage Grove selling costumes, accessories and home decorations that vary from inexpensive to elaborate. It's the store's first year in town.
Former Park High School Principal Efe Agbamu continues to draw praise for being selected principal of the year even after she left the school. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar met with Agbamu in Washington, D.C. on Friday to congratulate her on being named 2011 Minnesota Secondary Principal of the Year. "There is nothing more critical than providing our children with a competitive, world-class education so they can be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow," Klobuchar said.
Park High School's homecoming activities on Friday will go forward as planned, after administrators addressed concerns that student pranks would disrupt an afternoon pep fest. Park Principal Craig Paul said he met separately Friday morning with the junior and senior classes.
A woman faces criminal charges for allegedly using a cane to hit another woman and damage a vehicle during an altercation in a Cottage Grove parking lot. Lorelei A. Sargent, 58, of West St. Paul, appeared in Washington County District Court last week on first-degree property damage and fifth-degree assault charges stemming from a June 21 incident outside the Kohls store. According to the criminal complaint: A 41-year-old woman was walking to her vehicle in the parking lot when a woman, who was later identified as Sargent, sitting in a van threw trash out the window.
A Cottage Grove man is charged with using small cameras to watch a woman and her teenage daughter in their home. Washington County prosecutors allege that Scott E. Olson, 37, mounted wireless cameras in a bathroom and other areas of a Cottage Grove house without the victims' knowledge. Olson was charged this week with interfering with the privacy of a minor, a felony, and interfering with privacy at a home, a gross misdemeanor.