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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Any uncertainty about whether South Washington County Schools will put a referendum to voters in November 2017 was laid to rest early.
School District 833 Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion families who long have been eager for their own space with plenty of breathing room for the popular program now are worried what their children might inhale at their next school. Air pollution and traffic volumes are among safety concerns Nuevas Fronteras parents have about a plan by BNSF Railway to build a 6,000-vehicle parking lot in St. Paul Park. The site is south of the Oltman Middle School building that District 833 intends to renovate for Nuevas Fronteras and other uses.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed during his State of the State speech Monday night, Jan. 23, getting up and walking away a few minutes later. It was not immediately clear what happened to him. When he got up, he waved and walked to a back room. The governor was more than 40 minutes into his annual speech in front of a joint meeting of the House and Senate when he simply fell to the floor. in front a packed state House chamber.
A southern Minnesota man was sentenced to four years in prison last month after he pleaded guilty to a May 2016 drive-by shooting in Newport.
Police continue searching for a suspect in an attempted armed robbery at Walgreen’s in Cottage Grove last week. A Caucasian female wearing sunglasses, a black hat and black hooded jacket entered the store about 2:40 a.m. Jan. 14, approached the pharmacy counter, pointed a handgun at the pharmacist and demanded narcotics, according to police.
South Washington County Schools is investigating after a student gained access to electronic personnel data. The district notified all of its roughly 3,250 employees last week that it discovered the data breach and was investigating with the help of law enforcement and a computer forensic firm. While it does not appear files were compromised beyond the student’s unauthorized access, the notice was sent to all employees “out of an abundance of caution,” communications director Barb Brown said.
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Recently reported criminal activity in Newport.
A Cottage Grove man faces felony charges for allegedly joining with three male accomplices in the rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Bail was set at $1 million Wednesday for a Cottage Grove man who authorities linked to a complex Dark Web plot to pay for his wife’s murder before he ultimately poisoned and shot her himself and staged her death as a suicide. Stephen Carl Allwine, 43, was charged with second-degree intentional murder in the Nov. 13, 2016, death of his wife, Amy Louise Allwine, 43, at their 110th Street home. He appeared Wednesday for a brief first appearance in Washington County District Court. He is being held in Washington County jail.