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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ST. PAUL -- A controversial first step to solve Minnesota's $6.2 billion budget problem is in negotiators' hands. Minnesota senators voted to trim $830 million out of the next state budget and $125 million from the current one Thursday, a bill similar to what House members already passed. In the next step of the budget process, Republican leaders say they will invite Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's administration to negotiations with lawmakers.
The State Patrol has released the name of the St. Paul Park man who was killed in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday in St. Paul. The victim was Josphe Y. Thao, 19, the State Patrol said. According to the accident report: Thao was driving a 1996 Acura Integra southbound on Highway 61 near Lower Afton Road when he lost control, entered the right ditch and struck a tree. The vehicle rolled and Thao, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car. The crash happened at 6:18 a.m. There were no passengers. Alcohol was not detected in Thao's system, the report said.
Katelyn Zamora enjoys using her new iPad to dig into classic novels and to read other titles she purchases online. Zamora, 22, said the iPad makes it easy to take a book on the go, rather than lugging around a 600-page hard copy. "The convenience is nice," Zamora, of St.
Park High School Principal Dr. Efe Agbamu has been named Minnesota's secondary principal of the year. Agbamu was recognized by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals at a convention this week in Minneapolis. The award means Agbamu will represent Minnesota at a national principal of the year competition. Agbamu has been at Park four years. Check back for more on Agbamu's recognition.
Class sizes in District 833 schools likely will remain unchanged next year, but the district will consider budget reductions that still could affect staffing. Superintendent Mark Porter said he expects that the School Board will approve some spending cuts for 2011-12 if state aid remains flat or is reduced. The district has $17 million in reserves but will not rely solely on those funds as a way to avoid spending cuts, Porter said.
South Washington County Schools officials say they are worried that state lawmakers will penalize District 833 for being financially prudent as they look to balance the state budget. School Board members and district officials told legislators representing south Washington County that the district's "healthy" reserve fund of $17 million is the product of fiscal responsibility.
The "60 Minutes" television news magazine spent time at Woodbury High School this week interviewing staff and students about the novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The informal visit from a "60 Minutes" staffer came amid a literary debate about a publisher's plan to remove offensive language in a new edition of the Mark Twain classic. The Alabama publisher's recent decision - and an ensuing national discussion - prompted Woodbury High School English teacher Karen Morrill to write an opinion piece on the topic.
Federal prosecutors allege that a former St. Paul Park man produced pornographic videos of girls at his former home. Jose A. Soto, of Texas, has been indicted on 17 counts of production of child pornography. Soto, 40, is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Minneapolis, but St. Paul Park police officers helped other law enforcement agencies to bring a case against Soto. The indictment, issued Jan.
A man who used to live in St. Paul Park is accused by prosecutors of producing pornographic videos of girls at his former residence. Jose A. Soto, of Texas, was indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on 17 counts of production of child pornography. Soto allegedly coerced four girls into "engaging in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct," according to the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis. Pornographic videotapes allegedly were made at his St.
Washington County commissioners had a request for local lawmakers: give us some relief. It could take four months to know whether their request is fulfilled. Commissioners and county officials told area legislators Tuesday that the single-most important state issue affecting county government is the burden of program requirements that are not backed by state dollars.