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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Before Rebecca Eckes went in this spring for what her family hoped would be the last of many surgeries, she, her husband Shane and their five kids drove to Florida to enjoy the beach and a day in Disney World. It was a step toward normalcy, Eckes said, as was her March reconstructive surgery which re-arranged the skin on her stomach to look a little more like it did before she got a hysterectomy and was infected by a flesh-eating bacteria, before she underwent 18 surgeries in the space of a month to cut out infected portions of her stomach and upper legs, before she lost her job due to inabil
The wanted sex offender who police think accompanied a Cottage Grove runaway teen was arrested in Albuquerque, N.M., Wednesday, said U.S. Marshal Deputy Thomas Volk. Alexius J. McMullin, 36, is wanted in Washington and Hennepin counties and could face federal charges, Volk said. He was arrested at an apartment building without incident, Volk said. Police believe McMullin was with a 14-year-old girl who was missing for three weeks in July until she turned herself in at a Las Vegas Greyhound bus station.
A Cottage Grove resident whose dog died of heat stroke while out in hot, humid weather on Tuesday faces animal cruelty charges. Charges are pending against Jonathan J. White, 26, whose 2- to 3-year-old black and tan pit bull was spotted tied to a tree in the 8000 block of Scott Boulevard around noon Tuesday, said Cottage Grove Police Department Capt. Pete Koerner. The dog could not access shelter or water, he said.
The Washington County Fair has been around for more than 100 years, but organizers are still coming up with new ways to engage and entertain the 50,000 people that pass annually through its gates. "We try to change our entertainment every so often, unless we have a huge demand for it," said organizer Liz Dietsche. One act that's back again this year due to high demand is the Rockin' Hollywoods. The group will perform "solid gold rock & roll" from the 1950s through the '80s on Friday night. On Saturday night, The Dweebs will make their debut performance at the fair.
A Cottage Grove teenager missing since July 2 turned herself in to police in Las Vegas over the weekend, according to Cottage Grove Police Detective Tom Ueland. At around 10:30 p.m. Friday, Angela M. Tschida, 14, turned herself in to a security person at a Greyhound Bus station in Las Vegas, he said. She has been in a juvenile holding facility since then, and police are making arrangements to get her back to Cottage Grove, Ueland said. Angela's mother, Brigette Tschida said she was "dumbfounded" when she got a call from her daughter, who she hadn't heard from in weeks, Friday night.
Sleeping pills and keeping busy are a Cottage Grove mother's antidotes to the stress of not knowing her 14-year-old daughter's whereabouts, and fearing she's with a man more than twice her age who has violent crimes in his past. Brigette Tschida, whose daughter Angela Tschida hasn't been heard from since July 2, said she doesn't like the limelight, but she hopes media attention to the case might allow her daughter to see something that convinces her to come home. "He may be saying that nobody cares, but that's the farthest thing (from the truth)," Brigette Tschida said. Tschida and police s
District 833 officials are considering using laminated glass in new security doors being installed at Pine Hill, Hillside and Pullman elementary schools.
Angela Tschida, the 14-year-old Cottage Grove girl who police think left town with a 36-year-old sex offender, gave friends no indication she was troubled or planning to run, said friend Cole Bertram. "She seemed normal," Bertram said. "She seemed happy." Bertram said Tschida had a lot of friends and was in frequent contact with them before she left. "I have a text from her almost every day saying 'Hey, what's up,' or 'Hey, what are you doing?'" Bertram said. That's why it was obvious when the text messages stopped July 1. On July 2, Tschida, left town without a trace.
When Jim Kosmo set out to write the story of John Kriesel -- the Cottage Grove national guardsman who lost his legs in a roadside bombing in Iraq -- he wanted to share Kriesel's formula for staying extraordinarily positive in spite of trying circumstances. Kosmo, the author of a soon-to-be-released book about Kriesel's experience, didn't necessarily get a formula, but he learned that Kriesel had always been one to look at the bright side, he said. "I've learned that it's worth the extra work to look at the positive things," Kriesel said.
A 14-year-old Cottage Grove girl is missing, and police think she might have left the state with a registered sex offender who has a rap sheet that includes violent crimes. Police are seeking information on the whereabouts of Angela Margaret Tschida, who they believe is with Alexius J. McMullin, 36. Police believe she left with McMullin, a friend of her family, voluntarily. She has been missing since July 2. Since then, police have been talking to friends, doing forensics on the family's computer and following other leads, said Cottage Grove Police Department Detective Tom Ueland.