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.
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Cottage Grove City Council member Dave Thiede has scheduled four town hall meetings as he campaigns for re-election this fall. Thiede, who is seeking a second four-year term, said the meetings will give more residents opportunities to ask questions and discuss issues before they vote Nov. 4. The forums will be: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18; 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27; 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2; 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1. They are free and open to the public. They will be held at the Park High School lecture hall, 8040 80th St.
A Cottage Grove man was hospitalized after a two-vehicle crash late Wednesday. Brent K. Murray, 24, of Cottage Grove, sustained injuries after the Ford Escape he was driving struck the rear of a Chevy Suburban that was stopped on westbound 70th Street waiting to turn left onto Isleton Avenue, according to Cottage Grove police. The crash happened at 9:20 p.m.
A Cottage Grove woman has been ordered to complete a five-year prison sentence after her third felony-level drunken driving conviction.
A court hearing has been scheduled in Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke’s traffic case. An arraignment hearing is set for Oct. 30 in Washington County District Court. Lehrke is charged with careless driving and two counts of speeding in connection with a 1:30 a.m. July 30 traffic stop on Highway 61 in Cottage Grove.
The Cottage Grove patrol officers’ union expressed support for the cop who pulled over City Council member Derrick Lehrke, and it called out Lehrke for his actions in a gas station dispute in St. Paul Park earlier this summer.
Lehrke was arrested for suspected third-degree drunken driving but was released without being jailed after he agreed to take a breath test.
A Landfall, Minn., woman allegedly was in possession of methamphetamine and a machete when she was stopped Aug. 27 in Cottage Grove. An officer stopped Marion E. Hansen, 39, for a traffic violation about 2:20 a.m. in the 7200 block of East Point Douglas Road. Hansen’s license was revoked and there was no insurance on the vehicle. During an inventory of the vehicle, police allegedly found a syringe containing a liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Too much booze was a factor in most police-related calls during last month’s Heritage Days festival. St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said the three-day celebration saw far less...
Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke could face criminal charges after he was stopped by police for allegedly speeding over 100 mph on Highway 61 and for suspected impaired driving. Lehrke, 35, was arrested July 30 on suspicion of third-degree drunken driving but released after a test showed his blood-alcohol concentration was within the legal driving limit, according to police data requested by the Bulletin.
School District 833 students showed slight improvement in reading, mixed success in math and generally a strong grasp on science in standardized tests taken earlier this year. Recent Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments results revealed South Washington County Schools continues to score higher than the state average across the board, and it saw mostly small gains or dips at various grade levels in the three subjects tested each spring. The state Department of Education released the assessment results Aug. 25. The math test is taken in grades 3-8 and 11.