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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Candidates in two Cottage Grove-area legislative races laid out distinct positions on issues from the economy to education in their first televised forum of the 2012 campaign. Sen. Katie Sieben and her Republican opponent, Janis Quinlan, both said their top priority if elected would be job creation but the Senate District 54 candidates offered different ideas for how to do that. Quinlan said too much "red tape" confronts new businesses and that excessive state requirements don't make small business owners feel welcome. She did not specify state business regulations she opposes.
As Lisa Kaufenberg tells it, God and Google helped her go from board game enthusiast to inventor. Kaufenberg, a Cottage Grove married mother of two, looked to a higher power -- and the wealth of information on the Internet -- to create and market a children's board game. "I think it's just a fun story and I still can't believe it happened," Kaufenberg said recently, holding a copy of her "Cupcake Race" board game sold at game stores and through online retailers. Two years ago, Kaufenberg said, she was praying for ways to pay off typical household debt like credit card balances so that she c
A woman allegedly hit her ex-boyfriend with her car twice outside a Cottage Grove home. Deanna D. Wiggs, 35, of Eagan, was charged in Washington County District Court with two counts of felony second-degree assault in connection with the Sept. 7 incident. According to the criminal complaint: Cottage Grove police were called to 7320 Jewel Ave., on a report that a male was hit by a vehicle. Officers found a woman later identified as Wiggs sitting next to a man who was lying on his stomach.
A St. Paul Park man who was suicidal and heavily intoxicated as he sprayed gunfire at police during an hours-long standoff last summer will receive a 10-year prison sentence. Nathan A. Kluessendorf, 23, reached a plea deal with prosecutors and will be sentenced in November for three felony charges stemming from his shootout with local police and SWAT team members last year at his family's St. Paul Park home. Kluessendorf entered a Norgaard plea Aug. 30 to three charges of using deadly force against a peace officer.
After 40 years at his Newport Pet Clinic, Dr. Chuck Kratt is hitting the road. Kratt is transitioning from running a veterinary clinic along Hastings Avenue in Newport to offering similar veterinary care through a mobile service. Within a few weeks Kratt will close the doors of his veterinary office at 1750 Hastings Avenue and start meeting clients -- and their small animals -- at their home.
Property damage Police were called Aug. 21 to the 900 block of First Street for damage to a vehicle. A passerby noticed that a window was broken on a parked vehicle and a large rock was found inside. The vehicle's owner was not known. Police were called to Pioneer Park on Aug. 20 for a complaint about juveniles who were swearing and knocking over park benches. Police did not locate the juveniles, but found a knocked over bench. A homeowner in the 1900 block of 10th Avenue reported Aug. 19 that someone splattered paint on the wall of the residence. A Newport resident reported Aug.
A Woodbury man was ordered to spend five years on probation for sucker-punching and injuring a man who was lured to a Cottage Grove party after his ex-girlfriend sought revenge for their breakup. Jacy C. Dow, 19, recently was sentenced in Washington County District Court after pleading guilty to felony third-degree assault in connection with an incident Nov. 5, 2011, at a home on Hinton Avenue in Cottage Grove. According to court records, a woman brought her son to the Cottage Grove Police Department that day to report that he was assaulted.
Park High School Principal Craig Paul's meeting with staff on the first day of the school year included this surprise news: he is stepping down as principal. Paul submitted his resignation from the Cottage Grove high school as the 2012-13 school year got under way on Tuesday. "It's a bittersweet day for me," Paul said in an interview Wednesday. "I'm going to end my full-time career at Park and it's ending on a high note.
Organizers are beginning to plan for the 10th-annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop in Cottage Grove this December. But they have even more planning to do after it was announced that the festive train and accompanying holiday entertainment will roll through at 5:30 p.m. on a Tuesday, not a weekend evening like in recent years. The lead organizer for the Cottage Grove stop said the Holiday Train Committee is appreciative the train is returning on Dec.
Tom Dippel went to Tampa to support his presidential candidate and grassroots Republican activism but left frustrated by his party's leadership and unsure whether he will even vote for GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Dippel, a Cottage Grove Republican activist, was among Minnesota delegates to the Republican National Convention last week in Florida who were supporting Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the libertarian-aligned presidential hopeful whose fiery but failed candidacy divided party activists. Dippel, 30, who for years has been involved in south Washington County GOP efforts, said after the conv