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.
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A man was arrested after trying to run from police investigating apparent marijuana use at a Cottage Grove hotel. A police officer was conducting a walk-through of Wakota Inn and Suites, 7125 East Point Douglas Road, shortly before 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8. The officer smelled marijuana from a room and made contact with the room’s occupants, according to a police report. The male suspect, later identified as a 20-year-old Hastings man, ran from the scene. A St. Paul Park police officer found the suspect a short time later at 80th Street and Hardwood Avenue.
A Cottage Grove man was arrested in connection with a reported burglary last month at Zywiec’s Garden Center. A Washington County sheriff’s deputy on patrol about 4:30 a.m. Oct. 24 saw a suspicious vehicle at Zywiec’s, 10900 East Point Douglas Road. A car door was open but nobody was around. Several items in the trunk appeared to have been taken from the garden center. The vehicle’s owner told police who had permission to drive the car. Police later found the 22-year-old suspect in the 9200 block of Hamlet Avenue.
A St. Paul Park man allegedly fired a shotgun through the window of a neighbor’s home in a residential area.
Aaron Harper agreed to dismiss a pending compensation grievance against School District 833 when he abruptly resigned as East Ridge High School principal.
The Woodbury Police Department opened an investigation into Harper for allegedly misusing School District 833 money and resources, police Cmdr. Steve Wills said Friday.
Recent criminal activity reported in Cottage Grove: Assault A 14-year-old Hastings girl was issued a juvenile citation for fifth-degree assault after reportedly hitting a 14-year-old Cottage Grove girl Oct. 9 at Park High School. Theft A 17-year-old Cottage Grove girl was issued a juvenile citation for shoplifting and an 18-year-old South St. Paul woman was ticketed for shoplifting Oct. 9 at Walmart, 9300 East Point Douglas Road. A Cottage Grove resident reported Oct.
The South Washington County School Board might ask voters next fall for more than $170 million to fund a multi-year facilities construction plan.
Aaron Harper resigned as East Ridge High School principal Thursday, following an investigation conducted after School District 833 received a complaint against him, according to district officials.
All three District 833 high schools would be expanded, a new middle school would be built, the growing Nuevas Fronteras elementary Spanish immersion program would get its own facility and the district would move to buy Valley Crossing Community School as part of a modified facilities plan. South Washington County Schools administrators and the district’s Long Range Facilities Task Force plan to present the $179.8 million hybrid facilities proposal to the School Board Thursday, Nov.
Karla Bigham passed laws affecting counties when she served in the Minnesota Legislature, and she dealt with Washington County while on the Cottage Grove City Council. But Bigham said joining the Washington County Board after her election as the next District 4 commissioner will be a learning experience. “You always have stuff to learn,” Bigham said following the Nov. 4 vote. “I am keeping an open mind and fresh set of eyes on things to learn.”