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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Bill Bryan concluded that simple business economics doomed his Blink Bonnie restaurant in Cottage Grove. "The biggest thing is lack of sales; they were just going down," Bryan said of his decision to close the sandwich shop early this month. He cited poor sales, a rough economy and a disappointing location. Sluggish sales during the recent holiday season finally convinced him he couldn't continue. "I didn't think they were going to take a drop as much as they did," Bryan said.
South Washington County School Board members are set to begin the search for a new superintendent. The District 833 School Board is scheduled to discuss the search process at its workshop meeting Thursday, Jan. 12. It will be the board's first public discussion of the schools chief position since it voted 5-2 in December to not extend Superintendent Mark Porter's contract. Porter's three-year contract expires June 30. Board Chairwoman Leslee Boyd said she hopes board members settle on whether they will use a search firm.
Three south Washington County men are accused of stealing power carts from a Cottage Grove golf course that were later sold on Craigslist. Washington County prosecutors recently charged Brett M. Wetterling and Nickolas C. Lauber, both of Newport, and Cottage Grove resident Travis R. Holm each with one count of felony theft in connection with the alleged thefts from Mississippi Dunes Golf Links. A third Newport man, 22-year-old John E.
Assault A 25-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for fifth-degree domestic assault following a Dec. 13 altercation at a home in the 8500 block of Ideal Avenue. According to police, the man allegedly struck an 18-year-old woman in the back with a crescent wrench. Police sought formal criminal complaint for a more serious assault charge, but prosecutors declined because the alleged crime did not meet the requirements for substantial bodily harm, police said.
Park High School is seeking public input as it looks at ways to improve its activities and athletics, including possibly by switching high school league conferences. The school's activities department is inviting students, parents, teachers and local residents to a "community input night" on Park athletics and activities Wednesday, Jan. 11. All three District 833 high schools are in the Suburban East Conference, but Park athletic teams generally have struggled to compete against the larger schools in the conference.
A Cottage Grove resident and former Woodbury police officer working as a cop in Savage is in critical condition following a squad car crash. Savage police officer Frank Mackall suffered head injuries in a one-vehicle accident early Monday, according to the State Patrol. Mackall was responding to a call shortly after 1 a.m. when he lost control on an icy road in Scott County, in the southwest metro. His squad left the road and struck a tree. Mackall, 39, lives in Cottage Grove with his wife, Lisa, and three children, according to Savage police.
Eric Flaa grew up near Washington County's Newport branch library and in grade school enjoyed walking three blocks to check out books. Flaa, now 30 and living in Denver, was visiting relatives in Newport Friday when he made the same short walk to the library, this time to see it for the last time. "I just came in to say goodbye," Flaa told librarian Ginny Ogura. Flaa wasn't alone. Ogura said many local residents stopped by the library in the days leading up to its closure on Friday.
The closing credits are rolling on Blockbuster Video in Cottage Grove as the store has stopped renting movies and video games and is expected to be closed within a month. Store employees said Wednesday that Blockbuster, which has been in Cottage Grove for at least 15 years, will close by Jan. 22. The store started selling all of its merchandise at a discount on Tuesday.
District 833 School Board members have a big assignment ahead of them as they search for a new superintendent early next year, a task some think will be complicated by divisions on the board and other factors. The details of that search process are unclear and were not discussed by board members when they voted earlier this month to not renew South Washington County Schools Superintendent Mark Porter's contract, which expires June 30.
Local organizers were about to close the books on this year's Canadian Pacific Holiday Train event, enthused they had collected some $88,000 for the Friends in Need Food Shelf. Then Michelle Rageth, the food shelf's executive director, opened a late-arriving check Thursday for $12,000 from Northern Tier Energy. She was thrilled. "We weren't expecting anything more," Rageth said, "and it's just such a gift because it's going to push us over the $100,000 mark." Organizers had set a goal of raising $64,000 in connection with the festively illuminated train's Dec.