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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Recently reported criminal activity: Assault A Cottage Grove man was arrested Aug. 30 for allegedly grabbing his 44-year-old ex-wife by the arm and causing a bruise. Police arrested the 46-year-old man following a dispute at a home in the 7900 block of 77th Street Bay, according to the report. He was taken to Washington County jail and cited for domestic assault.
Two South Washington County Schools employee unions have new contracts. Nutrition Services Department workers settled on a new employment agreement for July 2014 to June 2016. It includes a 1-percent hourly wage increase in the first year of the contract for the department’s longest-tenured employees. There are no wage increases in the contract’s second year.
A change in start times at some District 833 elementary schools this fall has improved student bus transportation. That was the early summary of Superintendent Keith Jacobus and Transportation Director Ron Meyer, who said busing has run smoothly in the opening weeks of the school year.
South Washington County Schools is moving toward a new system to inform parents of school news.
Armstrong Elementary School students celebrated the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Friday during a brief school assembly. Armstrong music teacher Mallory Martin talked about the history of the song and then all of students stood in the gymnasium and sang the national anthem.
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.