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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The city of Cottage Grove has a new communications coordinator. Sharon Madsen will oversee efforts to provide information on city news and events through the city website and publications, local media and social media such as Facebook and Twitter. She'll also work on city event planning and develop a strategic communications plan for the city. Prior to joining the city, Madsen worked for Dakota County for 12 years, the last six as a communications specialist. She grew up in Cottage Grove and graduated from Park High School.
A 12-year-old girl home alone sees people trying to break into her home. She grabs a phone, hides and calls for help as the intruders snatch a backpack with electronics from the home before trying to escape on foot. That's the scenario Washington County prosecutors say played out in Cottage Grove earlier this week, when two people were arrested in connection with a home burglary thwarted by a preteen girl's quick thinking. Justin T.
Washington County's nearly 3,000 wealthiest residents would pay higher income taxes under Gov.
South Washington County residents now have a safe place to dump their unwanted drugs. Washington County officials recently added a secure prescription drug drop-off box at the county's South Service Center in Cottage Grove, providing area residents a local way to safely dispose of old, unused or unwanted prescription medication.
Bill Junco is a budding business owner. When he worked for others, Junco occasionally thought about running his own business but he had not anticipated the opportunity that sprouted last month. Junco and his wife, Linda, are the new owners of Cottage Grove Florist. They bought the shop last month from Susan Berger and Nancy Momsen, who owned it for the past 19 years. An industrial engineer by training, Junco worked for companies that made gears for large off-road vehicles.
Newport's search for a new administrator started and ended at City Hall. Deb Hill, Newport's staff accountant the past 1 1/2 years, has been promoted to the city's top job. As administrator she'll oversee city employees and operations beginning later this month. The City Council voted Jan. 17 to approve a contract with Hill through 2014, at which time the agreement could be renewed.
Trespassing Five people were cited for trespassing following a reported fight shortly after 4 a.m. Dec. 16 in the 700 block of Portland Avenue. Those ticketed were a 32-year-old St. Paul Park woman, a 32-year-old St. Paul Park man, a 21-year-old Cottage Grove man, a 19-year-old Cottage Grove man and a 22-year-old Cottage Grove man. Property damage A woman living in the 9000 block of Grey Cloud Trail called police Dec. 17 to report that a man drove off the road in front of her house, damaging the car and leaving vehicle parts in the yard.
The final price tag for Cottage Grove's largest public building project is smaller than estimated. Project costs for the new City Hall building near Keats Avenue came in under budget and more than $1 million below an earlier estimate, according to the latest city figures. The total project cost for the 67,000-square-foot building is $14.99 million, City Administrator Ryan Schroeder told the City Council on Wednesday. That includes $13.05 million for construction. After a final change order bill of $28,000 for follow-up work was approved at the Jan.
A Cottage Grove man was sentenced last month for head-butting a police officer. Michael S. Benner, 27, was ordered to spend three years on probation and complete 59 days' worth of jail time through a Sentence to Service program after he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault against a police officer. He was sentenced Dec. 12. The criminal complaint described Benner's crime this way: Early in the morning of Aug. 20, 2011, a Cottage Grove police officer was dispatched to the 8800 block of Greenway Avenue on a report that a young man was walking through someone's backyard.
Stolen vehicle A St. Paul man was arrested for driving a stolen car after he tried to steal gasoline from a Cottage Grove gas station, according to police. An employee at SuperAmerica, 7162 East Point Douglas Road, reported a gas drive-off about 1:45 a.m. Jan. 3 and provided a license plate number. Police located the suspect vehicle traveling on Highway 61 and made a traffic stop. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of St. Paul. Police arrested James D. Fulliam, 26, of St.