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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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.
Produce is plentiful this year at the Friends in Need Food Shelf. A new program at the St. Paul Park food shelf is both offering a bountiful supply of fresh vegetables to the needy and providing business to area growers. Each Monday morning a small group of Hmong farmers delivers hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables to Friends in Need. The produce is weighed -- last week it topped 500 pounds -- and the farmers are paid for their produce.
A neighbor helped one person escape a Cottage Grove house fire without injury early Wednesday, about 12 hours after crews fought another residential fire. Firefighters responded to a house at 7588 Iverson Ave. at 7:17 a.m. Wednesday after a neighbor saw fire outside the home and called 911. One resident was home at the time of the fire but got out of the house safely, said Cottage Grove Fire Chief Bob Byerly. A neighbor had knocked on the door to alert the resident inside. Investigators believe the fire started in or near a flower pot on the front steps.
A Hastings woman was ticketed by St. Paul Park police following a two-car crash that sent four people to the hospital and caused one vehicle to slam into an apartment building. The crash happened shortly before 7 p.m. on Sunday in the 300 block of Pullman Avenue. As police arrived, witnesses were performing CPR on victims, two of whom were briefly unconscious, according to the police report. The report said Marcela Parks, 23, of Hastings, was driving a 1997 Dodge Intrepid that collided with a 1997 Toyota Camry driven by Chou Her, 40, of St. Paul, at 6:57 p.m.
The Cottage Grove Planning Commission is set to review a proposal to build a Walmart store on a portion of the Cottage View Drive-In site. A public hearing on the project is scheduled for the commission's meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 23, at City Hall, 7516 80th St. Walmart has proposed a 177,000-square-foot Supercenter store with groceries and a drive-thru pharmacy on 22 acres of land east of Highway 61 and north of Keats Avenue. City review of the development proposal twice has been delayed.