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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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.
Park High School paraprofessional staffer Rita Ruiz has died, Principal Kerry Timmerman announced Monday morning. Ruiz "passed away unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon," Timmerman wrote in an email to the Park community. Ruiz was a familiar face in the Cottage Grove school, where she served as hall monitor and greeter for 13 years. She's been with District 833 since 1997. Ruiz would begin her day at Park with the students at 8:15 a.m. and was present throughout the halls during the school day, Timmerman said.
A St. Paul Park woman allegedly kicked and spit at cops while being removed from a bathtub and arrested for trespassing. Prosecutors charged Amanda R.
Police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect involved in a recent attempted child abduction near Newport Elementary School. A fourth-grade girl who attends Newport Elementary told police she was walking home from school about 4 p.m. Friday, April 5, near Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street when a man drove by her and then parked and got out of his vehicle.
Theft A Newport man reported Feb. 11 that someone stole $500 worth of copper from the basement of an occupied home in the 1600 block of Third Avenue. The homeowner said it would cost $18,000 to replace the stolen copper in the home. A juvenile male was apprehended Feb. 21 after he tried to steal a bottle of cake-flavored vodka from Newport Liquors, 1638 Hastings Ave. The juvenile male was apprehended by a store employee and a witness until police arrived. The juvenile appeared to be under the influence of a drug and was transported to United Hospital in St.
When Mike Laughton was hired to launch the Newport Library and Community Center, what he lacked in experience as a librarian he made up for in enthusiasm. Laughton aggressively sought donations to help stack the shelves left mostly empty after Washington County closed its Newport library branch in late 2011. Thousands of books and other materials were dropped off by groups and people in the community. Laughton recruited volunteers to help staff the library. He organized holiday-themed events, such as a Halloween story contest and Easter egg hunt.
Drugs A 50-year-old Cottage Grove man was ticketed after he was caught on camera giving marijuana to a clerk at SuperAmerica, 7162 East Point Douglas Road. The clerk called police March 17 after a man entered the convenience store, gave the clerk marijuana and left. It was captured on video. Police were given the man's license plate and located him.
A man told Cottage Grove police he was robbed at gunpoint during a late-night Craigslist sale gone bad. An 18-year-old man called police about 11 p.m. Saturday night to report he was robbed in the parking lot of Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road. The man said he was attempting to sell an iPhone he had advertised on the Craigslist online classified website. During the transaction, one of the two suspects pulled out a handgun. The suspects took the iPhone and ran around the building.
A Cottage Grove family was displaced after a fire damaged their home. The family home at the time of a fire Friday evening at 8193 Ideal Ave., escaped without injury, but were displaced after the blaze caused extensive damage. Crews were called to the home at 9:15 p.m. A fire in the rear of the home was visible from outside when the first officer arrived, Fire Chief Rick Redenius said. The homeowners, who called 911, said they remembered smelling smoke and then their smoke detectors sounded.
Police say a 17-year-old Cottage Grove male broke into a home armed with a knife, burglarized another home and tried to break into 100 vehicles during a three-day crime spree that ended with his arrest. The teen was arrested Friday, April 5, after a reported burglary about 9 p.m. at a home in the 7800 block of Hemingway Avenue. The homeowner reported an intruder armed with a knife in her home. Police were in the area already looking for the suspect due to previous reported crimes and saw the suspect running from the home, according to Cottage Grove Police Captain Pete Koerner.