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 is home to a number of food programs and one of them is marking a year helping local residents. Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park has served as a distribution site for a free food program for low-income elderly residents and young families since early 2011. "It's gone really well," Community UCC Pastor Oby Ballinger said. "From our initial list we've built up to anywhere between 20 and 25 people a month." About a half-dozen regular volunteers show up each month to help with the distribution, Ballinger said.
Advanced Sportswear owner Terry Thompson said there were a number of factors that led to his business's move, but one stood out. "It's just a way better location," he said. After more than 25 years in Cottage Grove, Thompson recently relocated his custom embroidery and screenprinting operation to the Newport Center shopping mall.
State Rep. John Kriesel announced Wednesday he won't challenge Sen. Katie Sieben this fall, after he said he had been encouraged to run against the fellow Cottage Grove legislator. Kriesel, a Republican, used Twitter to suggest he instead will run for a second House term in November. "Thanks for the nice texts and emails, but I am not considering a MN Senate run at this time," Kriesel tweeted Wednesday morning. "The MN House is more rowdy.
A judicial redistricting decision left much of south Washington County untouched, but drew one line that alters at least the local Senate race this fall. New legislative district boundaries released Tuesday keep most south Washington County communities together but exclude St. Mary's Point. St. Mary's Point resident Karin Housley, who nearly beat Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, two years ago, had planned to run against Sieben again in 2012.
It's a long journey from photographing hungry goats in south Washington County to writing about the business of media for the New York Times. Such a path -- from a quality community newspaper to print journalism's flagship publication -- is unusual in this profession, but it is the route David Carr's career took, albeit with more life detours than you could chart on a map. Carr is a columnist and reporter for the Times, but the Minnesota native's early journalism experience included an internship some 30 years ago at -- of all places -- the Bulletin, then called the Washington County Bulleti
Superintendent Mark Porter nearly was a semifinalist for the top job in the Orange County Public Schools in Florida. Porter was among applicants for the superintendent job in Orlando, and was recommended by a citizen committee to be interviewed as a semifinalist. However, Porter missed the school board's cut last week, according to a district spokeswoman. Five other candidates advanced and were being interviewed this week. Porter is looking for a new job after the District 833 School Board did not renew his contract, which ends in June.
Some Bulletin readers may be perusing our website looking for a copy of the Cottage Grove city charter petition, which we promoted on 1A of our Feb. 8 print edition. It's not on the website and here's why: We believed it was important to make that much-discussed document more accessible for review by the public, so we posted it online earlier this week.
Joe Murphy dedicated more than 40 years to the St. Paul Park-Newport Lions Club, and the organization found a way to help him out in return. Murphy, 88 years old and suffering from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, lives in old Cottage Grove and has difficulty getting around. There was no way for him to get in and out of his home in a wheelchair, said his daughter, Kelly Murphy. "The front steps didn't even have a railing on it," she said. Kelly reached out to Lion's Club president Dean Dahlke.
Local street repairs, state politics and a city charter -- all have been the subject of recent letters to the editor and viewpoints on this opinion page. We've noticed a steady stream of letters submitted lately and look forward to that continuing in the weeks and months ahead, especially considering that the 2012 elections are creeping ever closer. We consider that robust letter-writing activity a good sign. It suggests readers are taking interest in issues that affect them and the community. Not only that, they're taking the time to share their opinion with fellow Bulletin readers.
Cottage Grove-area Democrats say their small caucus turnout doesn't represent party enthusiasm entering a major election year. Only about 55 to 60 people turned out to caucus Tuesday in Cottage Grove precincts of Senate District 57, only a fraction of the turnout in the last presidential election year - 2008 - but also noticeably lower than attendance two years ago. House District 57A DFL Chairwoman Diana Tunheim attributed this year's turnout to the fact that there is no contested presidential race in the party and many activists didn't get involved at the caucus level because they do not k