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 man who allegedly threatened to return to his former workplace in St. Paul Park and shoot two people faces a felony threats charge. Dushawn Heinken, 47, of Brooklyn Center, Minn., is charged with terroristic threats in connection with alleged statements he made after leaving employment at Able Cold Storage and Able Trucking. According to the criminal complaint: Heinken was allowed use of a truck from his former employer so he could move to Georgia in October 2011. When he did not return the truck, authorities located Heinken in Kentucky and impounded the truck.
The family of a Cottage Grove woman who lit herself on fire after she was scorned on national cable TV is set to receive a financial settlement. An attorney for the family of Toni A. Medrano said Friday a settlement was reached with CNN, the HLN network and the Nancy Grace show. Grace had called Medrano "Vodka Mom" and castigated her during a segment about the woman's arrest in connection with her infant son's death. Days later in July 2012, Medrano lit herself on fire outside her mother's St.
The future of the Cottage View Drive-In's classic roadside sign is unknown, but one thing is certain: it has to come down. The red and white vintage marquee sign with neon lighting along Highway 61 in Cottage Grove needs to be relocated in the coming months to accommodate road construction and construction of a Walmart store on a portion of the now-closed drive-in property. The drive-in closed last fall after 46 years as the property owner, Gerry Herringer, sold 22 acres of land to Walmart. The discount retailer plans construction of a Supercenter on the site beginning later this year.
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