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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Nearly 5,000 Xcel Energy customers in the south Washington County area were without power for a time Thursday morning. Power went out to 4,843 customers in Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Hastings and Afton. The outage started at 8:12 a.m. and power was restored to all customers by 9:30 a.m., said Xcel Energy spokeswoman Mary Sandok. Xcel had not determined the cause of the outage, Sandok said.
Police said the pickup truck driver injured in a crash with a semitrailer on Wednesday in Cottage Grove may have been under the influence of marijuana. Police said the 26-year-old Maplewood man was hospitalized after his pickup truck was struck by a semitrailer shortly before noon at the intersection of 70th Street and Lamar Avenue in old Cottage Grove. He was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. "The driver was suspected to be under the influence," Cottage Grove Police Capt. Pete Koerner said.
The state candidate filing period started Tuesday, May 22, and one local legislative hopeful signed his campaign papers on opening day. Derrick Lehrke, a Cottage Grove City Council member who is running for House District 54A, filed for election on Tuesday, his birthday. Lehrke is the Republican-endorsed candidate running for the seat that opened up after Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, decided against re-election. His DFL opponent, Dan Schoen, a St.
Law enforcement officers are using a tougher tactic to fight online bullying among teenagers: they're seeking criminal charges of defamation and harassment. Police who work in local schools said they are seeing students increasingly turning to Facebook, text-messaging and other social media to harass peers. With Facebook, the so-called cyberbullying allows other students to pile on and exacerbate the harassment or ridicule. One recent case at Park High School prompted police to take an unusual step and recommend a male student be charged with criminal defamation.
The food and furniture was hustled out the door behind the last patrons to leave Applebee's last Sunday night. Over the ensuing 66 hours, restaurant staff and construction workers worked feverishly to give the restaurant a makeover inside and out. They installed new seating throughout the dining and bar areas and added features in an attempt to strengthen the restaurant's connection to the Cottage Grove community. "It's just a fresh update; it needed it," general manager Mandy Gillstrom said of the restaurant that's been open about 10 years.
Brian Waldo's Optimal Health and Performance is all about options. Waldo, owner of a new personal training studio in Cottage Grove, is trying to cater to a broad array of people who are looking to improve their health, lose weight, get into shape or recover physically from an injury or surgery. "There's kind of something for every price point," said Waldo, a personal trainer for over 20 years.
South Washington County lawmakers agreed Minnesota needed a new Vikings stadium but were in separate partisan huddles on other issues in the recently completed legislative session. Approval of a new Vikings stadium, the most-watched issue of the session, was sealed Monday as Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill into law, just days after all three local legislators voted for the $975 million project. Sen. Katie Sieben, a Cottage Grove Democrat, and Republican Reps. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove and Denny McNamara of Hastings all backed the bill.
A Woodbury man could face criminal charges after he allegedly admitted to smoking incense prior to driving a car that careened off a Cottage Grove road, crashed through fencing and burst into flames. The 18-year-old driver suffered minor injuries and could be charged pending the outcome of the crash investigation, police said. The crash happened at 12:05 p.m.
From an abundance of natural light to a much larger criminal evidence storage area, design details of the new Cottage Grove government building that once were only on paper are taking shape. Construction of the new city hall and public safety building on Keats Avenue reached a new stage last week as structural work -- foundation, exterior walls, the roof -- was wrapping up and crews were starting interior wall framing and other work. Also last week, dozens of city employees got their first up-close look at the job site as Graham Construction, the project contractor, led tours through the two