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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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
An armed man takes hostages in a city meeting. Another man ambushes and shoots a police officer. The suspects retreat to a rural hideout. Those scenarios played out Wednesday as the Washington County Special Response Team conducted their semiannual training at three south Washington County sites, including the former Cottage Grove City Hall building. In an attempt to make the Dec.
A South Washington County School Board committee will interview at least five people representing three different cities for an open seat. The board's three-member Personnel Committee selected the following to be interviewed by the board: Rick Goecke and William Thurmes, of Cottage Grove; Jonathan Hunt and Daryl Parks, of Woodbury; and Newport resident Katy McElwee-Stevens, who previously served on the School Board. A six applicant may be interviewed by the board, according to the district. The board is appointing someone to replace Leslee Boyd, who stepped down this month because she is mo
A vigil for missing Cottage Grove native Danielle Jelinek drew hundreds to an area church Monday evening. An estimated 450 people turned out for a prayer service at Five Oaks Community Church. Following the private service, many joined on the church's front steps for a candlelight vigil. They sang "Silent Night" and encircled Jelinek's relatives and close friends. Five Oaks pastor Henry Williams, who helped to lead the service, said he believed there were about 450 people in attendance.
It wasn't like Danielle Jelinek to just disappear. The Cottage Grove native and Park High School graduate was living with her sister Cory in Oakdale and would talk frequently with family, relatives said. Then Jelinek went missing early Sunday, Dec. 9, from the home of an acquaintance in rural Chisago County.
Local school principals and administrators attempted to comfort concerned District 833 parents and students as they returned to class Monday after last Friday's Connecticut mass school shooting. In phone calls, conversations and emails, South Washington County Schools staff tried to reassure parents and schoolchildren that student safety is a priority, offered help to students struggling with news of the East Coast grade school shooting and suggested to parents ways to talk to children about the tragedy. Administrators reiterated the district has security plans in place, but deferred to prin
In 2002 Emily White and her husband Tom drove from their Newport home to Tinucci's Restaurant for a view of the passing Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. It was the first year the Holiday Train, adorned with Christmas lights, traveled through the U.S. but there wasn't yet a south Washington County stop on the route. So that year they just watched as the train passed through town. "That was the last thing we did together," White recalled.
District 833 staff reiterated that safety is a priority after south Washington County schools received calls from concerned parents Friday following the mass shooting at a Connecticut grade school. District 833 Communications Director Barb Brown said a number of local schools heard from parents regarding the East Coast school shooting that reportedly left 26 dead, including 20 children. The gunman and another victim also were dead. South Washington County Schools has existing school building and office security policies in place.
Volunteers showed up for a second day to search for a missing 27-year-old woman following her parents' plea to the public for help finding her. Family, friends and area residents returned Thursday afternoon to Chisago Lake Township where Danielle Jelinek went missing on Sunday.