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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Newport has fired the part-time librarian who launched the city's library and community center but whose at-times rogue approach to the job found him in conflict with city officials. Mike Laughton said Wednesday he was terminated after failing to show up at a meeting with two city officials to discuss a personnel issue, the last in a series of dust-ups between him and his boss, Bruce Hanson.
Property damage Police were investigating complaints made March 30 that juveniles were shooting BB guns and damaging houses in the 8300 block of 79th Street. A privacy fence was reported damaged April 3 at Hemingway Avenue and 79th Street. No damage amount was listed. A Cottage Grove resident reported April 10 that someone hammered two bolts into a brake light lens on a vehicle parked in the 7800 block of 73rd Street. Damage: $300. A St.
A car collided with a District 833 school bus carrying students Wednesday morning, but there were no reported injuries. Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Hillside and Hyde avenues in Cottage Grove around 9 a.m. for the crash. The front driver side of a Nissan sedan was wedged beneath the left side of the school bus and partially under the left rear tires. The cars collided on Hyde just north of Hillside. Bus occupants included the driver and nine students. Nobody was injured, said Wes Halvorsen, deputy Cottage Grove fire chief.
The Stone Soup Thrift Shop wanted to score a strike with its upcoming fundraiser but might be hoping for a spare. Pledges to the St.
A new showroom at Renewal by Andersen gives customers two views. They can look at replacement window models and get a glimpse of the manufacturing process in the background. The window manufacturing facility in Cottage Grove's Business Park recently celebrated the remodeling of a new showroom. The converted lobby area features a number of residential and light-commercial windows. Others are mounted on the showroom walls. The revamped showroom opens as Renewal also is extending its walk-in customer hours.
Hundreds of contract workers are using the former Rush Nightclub parking lot along West Point Douglas Road as overflow parking during a large maintenance project at Northern Tier Energy's St. Paul Park refinery. Contractors have been shuttled from the parking lot to the refinery daily for several weeks as they work on the oil facility's turnaround.
The Cottage Grove Charter Commission this week will decide whether or not to keep working on a proposed new governing document for the city. The charter commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m.
The Cottage Grove Public Safety Department is opening its new facility for public tours. Three upcoming tours are set for: 10 a.m. Monday, April 29; 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30; and 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4. The tours will take approximately 45 minutes. People are asked to RSVP by April 25 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 651-458-6040.
A local foundation is reviving a popular event to benefit area schools. The South Washington County Schools Education Foundation is bringing back its big annual fundraiser, "Taste of South Washington County Extravaganza," on Monday, April 22, in Woodbury. Food vendors from Cottage Grove and the Woodbury area will fill bellies while the foundation tries to fill its coffers. The foundation will distribute the money it raises in grants to District 833 schools for innovative education curriculum or equipment. "I've had people say to me, 'We've enjoyed this.
South Washington County Schools is expanding its list of possible uses for the Crosswinds school building even as its chances of acquiring it might be slimming. A committee exploring how the district could use the Crosswinds Arts and Science School if acquired from the East Metro Integration District has suggested four possible uses.