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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Criminal cases are proceeding against three south Washington County residents charged in connection with the sale of heroin. Court records show that Washington County drug task force officers used a confidential informant earlier this year to buy a bag of heroin in a Cottage Grove parking lot, and two people involved in the deal have pleaded guilty to drug charges while the third awaits court action. The arrests came as east-metro law enforcement officers started drawing attention to what they saw as a dangerous increase in the amount of heroin being dealt in area communities, particularly a
A pair of suspects whose stories didn't add up were arrested in connection with a bungled burglary at a Cottage Grove business. Two men were charged Wednesday with felony counts following the disappearance of a truck, trailer a new all-terrain vehicle and a four-wheeler from 61 Marine and Sports in Cottage Grove.
Doreen Deutsch is a fixture at the Carpenter Nature Center on Saturday mornings. The Cottage Grove woman puts in a few volunteer hours each week, taking care of birds and helping out with other projects and events at the nature center in Denmark Township. "I enjoy it," Deutsch said of her volunteer work. "I enjoy working with critters and learning about the raptors." Deutsch was recently honored for her dedication to Carpenter with a Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the U.S.
Cottage Grove police say a traffic stop near a busy intersection led to two arrests, a suspect throwing a pop at a cop and the recovery of methamphetamine. The incident occurred about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, along Jamaica Avenue. Police Capt. Pete Koerner said an officer stopped behind a vehicle near the Jamaica Avenue roundabout at Highway 61 believing the motorist needed help. Instead, people inside the vehicle were in the middle of a verbal argument. The driver, Nicholas S. Karl, 18, St. Paul, was arrested for an outstanding warrant and on suspicion of driving after suspension.
Candidates in Cottage Grove-area legislative races laid out distinct positions on issues from job growth to education in their first two election forums of the 2012 campaign. Sen. Katie Sieben and her Republican opponent, Janis Quinlan, both said in a televised debate Thursday, Sept. 13, that their top priority if elected would be job creation but the Senate District 54 candidates offered different solutions. Quinlan said too much "red tape" confronts new businesses and that excessive state requirements don't make small business owners feel welcome.
Candidates in two Cottage Grove-area legislative races laid out distinct positions on issues from the economy to education in their first televised forum of the 2012 campaign. Sen. Katie Sieben and her Republican opponent, Janis Quinlan, both said their top priority if elected would be job creation but the Senate District 54 candidates offered different ideas for how to do that. Quinlan said too much "red tape" confronts new businesses and that excessive state requirements don't make small business owners feel welcome. She did not specify state business regulations she opposes.
As Lisa Kaufenberg tells it, God and Google helped her go from board game enthusiast to inventor. Kaufenberg, a Cottage Grove married mother of two, looked to a higher power -- and the wealth of information on the Internet -- to create and market a children's board game. "I think it's just a fun story and I still can't believe it happened," Kaufenberg said recently, holding a copy of her "Cupcake Race" board game sold at game stores and through online retailers. Two years ago, Kaufenberg said, she was praying for ways to pay off typical household debt like credit card balances so that she c
A woman allegedly hit her ex-boyfriend with her car twice outside a Cottage Grove home. Deanna D. Wiggs, 35, of Eagan, was charged in Washington County District Court with two counts of felony second-degree assault in connection with the Sept. 7 incident. According to the criminal complaint: Cottage Grove police were called to 7320 Jewel Ave., on a report that a male was hit by a vehicle. Officers found a woman later identified as Wiggs sitting next to a man who was lying on his stomach.
A St. Paul Park man who was suicidal and heavily intoxicated as he sprayed gunfire at police during an hours-long standoff last summer will receive a 10-year prison sentence. Nathan A. Kluessendorf, 23, reached a plea deal with prosecutors and will be sentenced in November for three felony charges stemming from his shootout with local police and SWAT team members last year at his family's St. Paul Park home. Kluessendorf entered a Norgaard plea Aug. 30 to three charges of using deadly force against a peace officer.
After 40 years at his Newport Pet Clinic, Dr. Chuck Kratt is hitting the road. Kratt is transitioning from running a veterinary clinic along Hastings Avenue in Newport to offering similar veterinary care through a mobile service. Within a few weeks Kratt will close the doors of his veterinary office at 1750 Hastings Avenue and start meeting clients -- and their small animals -- at their home.