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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The primary election has passed (there were no local races settled in the Aug. 14 election) and the Nov. 6 general election is just more than two months away. With the number of election-related letters starting to pick up, this seemed a good time to lay out the ground rules we plan to use for the Opinion page during the campaign season. Historically, Bulletin readers have been eager to share their views before heading to the voting booth, resulting in dozens and dozens of election-related Opinion page submissions in late summer and throughout fall. We hope that continues this year.
A Cottage Grove man will spend more than 14 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography. Steven M. Borgan Jr., 31, was sentenced Wednesday to 170 months in federal prison following a hearing in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Borgan, who had pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography in November 2011, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim. According to the U.S.
Chad Rediske says he likes Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey -- he just thinks the city needs to be led in a different direction. Rediske -- who waged an unsuccessful campaign earlier this year to win the local GOP nomination to oppose state Sen. Katie Sieben -- is among three candidates who filed this month to challenge Bailey in the fall mayoral race. "There's still a lot of burn in the community about the city hall/public safety [building]," Rediske said of the $15 million project that drew fire from some when it was approved last year.
Toni A. Medrano's relatives blame a national talk show host in connection with the Cottage Grove woman's decision to burn herself to death. Police reports released recently indicate that Medrano, the mother who was criminally charged in her newborn son's suffocation death last year, made suicidal statements to relatives hours before she lit herself on fire at a St.
Bob La Nasa has owned Carbone's Pizzeria in St. Paul Park since about 1975, and he worked for his father at the restaurant for more than a decade before that. Most of his career has been spent in the pizza business, and La Nasa doesn't have plans to make a change. "I can't quit working; I'd go nuts," he joked. The restaurant's staying power and local popularity were highlighted recently when Carbone's was named Business of the Year for the 2012 Heritage Days festival.
Morgan McGahn's preferred art medium is painting, but it's a drawing that earned her attention. McGahn's luau-themed drawing in color pencil was chosen as the button logo for the 2012 Heritage Days festival. The theme for the 28th-annual St. Paul Park celebration is "Luau on Broadway," so McGahn started brainstorming for ideas by searching for luau photos on Google. "I saw the tikis and the little bonfires and I was like, oh, that's cute," she said. Her logo drawing has a background of palm trees meeting in the middle of the picture.
Charlene Wilcox of Cottage Grove said Minnesota has done a lot to honor her son, Carlos, and two of his fellow National Guard specialists since they were killed while serving in Iraq three years ago. The latest remembrance came last month when the Guard dedicated a memorial in Stillwater to Wilcox, Daniel Drevnick of Woodbury and James Wertish of Olivia. The memorial is located at the National Guard Armory, which was home to the men's 34th Military Police Co.
Construction workers interrupted an apparent early morning burglary at a Cottage Grove school. Police were called to Armstrong Elementary School, 8855 Inwood Ave., at 5:30 a.m. July 21, after construction crew members got to the job site and heard noises in the building. The workers checked the building and caught a glimpse of two pairs of legs exiting to the building roof. Two males were then seen running across the school roof.
Terry Knop was a young professional when he was recruited from teaching to become an insurance agent. He made the move, got started in the business and went on to spend the next 21 years in management. Twenty-five years after that first insurance job, Knop is back doing what he knows. The Cottage Grove man recently bought an Allstate insurance agency and opened in St. Paul Park. "I just like it," Knop said of the insurance industry. "It's not like work to me." After Knop bought the agency from an agent who was retiring, he considered where to locate his office.
Not knowing how much longer they have together, Betty Joyce and William Smith Sr. ensured they will be by each other's side for eternity. As relatives and emotionally touched onlookers surrounded them, the Cottage Grove couple exchanged vows Saturday in a bittersweet wedding ceremony at the Washington County Fair. Together for years but just not as husband and wife, Joyce and Smith hurriedly chose to wed outdoors at the fairgrounds because Smith has conceded a three-year fight against colon cancer. "They're out of treatments," Joyce said after their ceremony.