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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Not knowing how much longer they have together, Betty Joyce and William Smith Sr. ensured they will be by each other's side for eternity. As relatives and emotionally touched onlookers surrounded them, the Cottage Grove couple exchanged vows Saturday in a bittersweet wedding ceremony at the Washington County Fair. Together for years but just not as husband and wife, Joyce and Smith hurriedly chose to wed outdoors at the fairgrounds because Smith has conceded a three-year fight against colon cancer. "They're out of treatments," Joyce said after their ceremony.
Police say criminal charges are pending after a one-vehicle rollover last week left a Cottage Grove woman hospitalized with injuries sustained after she became trapped in the overturned car. Police and paramedics were called to the scene of a reported rollover at 2:10 a.m. Sunday, July 29, in the 8100 block of Hemingway Avenue. They arrived to find a four-door sedan on its roof and a woman trapped because her arm was sticking out of the sunroof, Cottage Grove Police Captain Pete Koerner said. The car struck a mailbox and damaged a tree before coming to a stop.
A White Bear Lake man was arrested after police said he admitted that he had been drinking before he tried to drive his submerged vehicle out of a roadside pond. Police were called at 3:45 a.m. Thursday, July 26, to northbound Highway 61 at Interstate 494 for a vehicle that was half-submerged in a holding pond along the highway. "He was trying to drive it out (of the pond) when the officer got there," Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said. The driver, identified as 26-year-old Joseph T.
Two years ago campaign donations flowed briskly toward Republicans running for Cottage Grove-area legislative seats. The path of cash generally is stronger in the other direction so far this year. Democrats hoping to hold the area's Senate seat and reclaim a House seat lead their GOP opponents in fundraising heading into the general election season, according to the candidates' recent filings with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, has a 10-to-1 cash advantage over Republican candidate Janis Quinlan, of St.
One man was ticketed by police after a Cottage Grove resident reported that a swastika was burned into the grass outside the home. Police were called to a home in the 8400 block of Hinton Avenue on July 15 after the resident found the Nazi symbol in the front yard.
When Bruce Timm opened his Mastertech Auto and Tire in Newport nine years ago, he had three built-in business advantages: There was a stoplight on nearby U.S. Highway 61, providing customers an easy exit to his auto repair shop. Also, he was located behind a gas station, which was good for business.
Theft A 22-year-old Cottage Grove woman was cited for theft July 11 after she admitted to stealing candy from SuperAmerica, 7162 East Point Douglas Road. Two 19-year-old Cottage Grove men were ticketed for theft at Kohl's, 7990 Hardwood Ave., on July 11.
Fight Police were called to Franke's Bar, 304 Broadway Ave., about 2:15 a.m. April 29 for a reported fight between two women. One woman had left the scene, but the other woman was still there. She was extremely intoxicated and had a large bump on her head, according to police who recommended she get medical treatment. Police were called to Franke's Bar, 304 Broadway Ave., on May 24 for a reported fight shortly before 1 a.m. Police were told that a vehicle had just left with three occupants who had been in the bar.
Assault A 41-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for fifth-degree assault after he allegedly punched another man in the face during a June 16 fight at a home in the 7700 block of Hinton Avenue. Police were called July 4 to a home in the 7400 block of Harkness Avenue on a report of an assault. Two brothers were fighting. There were no witnesses. No charges were filed. A Cottage Grove woman was arrested after a fight with her sister. Adriane L. Sampson, 29, was arrested on suspicion of fifth-degree domestic assault around 2 a.m. July 5.
Jim Lemons spent six months looking for space to relocate his business called Manufacturing Solutions of Minnesota. Then his wife went to the post office and returned with stamps and a solution to the property pursuit. Lemons is buying the U.S. Postal Service's building at 7130 East Point Douglas Road in Cottage Grove. That building has served as the post office, but the postal service is moving all customer service operations to its annex facility in the city's industrial park.