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 City Hall project roughly 10 years in the making soon will be open to the public. Construction is winding down on the new city government building on Keats Avenue ahead of an Oct. 20 public open house. The bulk of construction has been completed, City Administrator Ryan Schroeder said last week. Much of the remaining work in the 67,000-square-foot building is cosmetic, such as touching up paint. New furniture was delivered last week, including cubicles that will be used in both the general government and public safety areas.
Theft A Cottage Grove resident reported Sept. 28 that someone stole two bags of clothing left outside for a veterans group. The items were stolen from a property in the 8800 block of 80th Street, but most items were found nearby. A Maplewood resident reported Sept. 29 that a backpack containing video game equipment was stolen from Belden Park in the 8100 block of Belden Boulevard. A construction worker in the 9300 block of 71st Street reported Sept. 30 that seven tubes of caulking valued at $35. Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft on Oct. 1.
This is it, drive-in fans. The Cottage View Drive-In will play its final movies this weekend. The drive-in will show films on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13, to end its 46-year run. Mann Theatres will screen the youth-oriented "Hotel Transylvania" and "The Amazing Spiderman" both nights. The first film begins after dusk. Last month a community farewell celebration was held at the drive-in, drawing hundreds of families for pre-movie entertainment and a screening of "Grease." The Cottage View is one of only two drive-in theaters remaining in the Twin Cities.
Property damage Police were called Sept. 12 to a home in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue by a man reporting that his roommate had cut the cord on his vacuum cleaner. The other man admitted to police that he cut the cord and would repair it or buy a new one. Police previously were called to the home when the men were fighting over a disputed cable bill. A Newport woman living in the 500 block of Fifth Street reported Sept. 13 that the vehicle identification number plate was removed from her car. Police were called Sept.
Police are asking for help in finding suspects linked to a string of stolen vehicles and other crimes that took place over three nights early last week in three different Cottage Grove neighborhoods. The incidents were among more than 30 vehicle theft or tampering calls police responded to in a five-day period. Six vehicles were stolen from garages overnight Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 25-26. Five vehicles had been recovered by later in the week. Police distributed a photo of a suspect captured on a surveillance video set up at a victim's home.
Fight Two Cottage Grove females, both age 14, were referred to the Youth Service Bureau for disorderly conduct on Sept. 13 after they were involved in a fight in the Park High School lunchroom. Property damage A Cottage Grove resident reported Sept. 13 that a window was damaged on a van parked in the 8400 block of Jody Lane. A Cottage Grove resident reported Sept. 14 that a political campaign sign had been bent in the yard in the 8100 block of Hemingway Ave. Police received a report Sept.
South Washington County-area legislative candidates used their final televised election forum to tout their ability to compromise but showed little agreement on some major issues. For the first time in the 2012 campaign, all seven candidates running for Senate District 54 and the House District 54A and 54B seats participated in a forum, gathering Tuesday in Cottage Grove to take questions from the League of Women Voters. The candidates stressed the need for a less-partisan Legislature but did not find much common ground on key issues.
Sure, the Ravine Bridge allows for cars to travel over a walking path beneath Ravine Parkway in Cottage Grove. But local officials say the newly opened span also is symbolic of a strong connection between Washington County and the city of Cottage Grove, and a desire to make government services more accessible for residents. City and county leaders formally opened the Ravine Bridge during a brief ceremony Saturday.
A 17-year-old Park High School student and his mother were arrested Tuesday after school employees and Cottage Grove police investigated rumors a student was going to bring a handgun to a fight. No weapon was found when the student was questioned on Tuesday, but he was arrested for disorderly and disruptive behavior and after police allegedly recovered prescription drugs from his backpack.
In many ways, the Cottage View Drive-In farewell celebration felt like the theater's early days some four decades ago. Hundreds of people turned out Thursday to say goodbye to the theater that will close its doors for good in the coming weeks after a 46-year run. The 900-space parking lot was roughly three-quarters full as collector cars from the mid-1960s and other eras pulled in alongside sedans, pick-up trucks and vans. Fans of outdoor movies and low-cost family entertainment showed up: Couples who remember the drive-in's early years.