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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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.
Lehrke was arrested for suspected third-degree drunken driving but was released without being jailed after he agreed to take a breath test.
A Landfall, Minn., woman allegedly was in possession of methamphetamine and a machete when she was stopped Aug. 27 in Cottage Grove. An officer stopped Marion E. Hansen, 39, for a traffic violation about 2:20 a.m. in the 7200 block of East Point Douglas Road. Hansen’s license was revoked and there was no insurance on the vehicle. During an inventory of the vehicle, police allegedly found a syringe containing a liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Too much booze was a factor in most police-related calls during last month’s Heritage Days festival. St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said the three-day celebration saw far less...
Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke could face criminal charges after he was stopped by police for allegedly speeding over 100 mph on Highway 61 and for suspected impaired driving. Lehrke, 35, was arrested July 30 on suspicion of third-degree drunken driving but released after a test showed his blood-alcohol concentration was within the legal driving limit, according to police data requested by the Bulletin.
School District 833 students showed slight improvement in reading, mixed success in math and generally a strong grasp on science in standardized tests taken earlier this year. Recent Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments results revealed South Washington County Schools continues to score higher than the state average across the board, and it saw mostly small gains or dips at various grade levels in the three subjects tested each spring. The state Department of Education released the assessment results Aug. 25. The math test is taken in grades 3-8 and 11.
Drugs A Newport man was arrested June 27 on suspicion of fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine and for an outstanding warrant, after he was approached by police at 1:30 a.m. June 27 in the 600 block of Third Street. The suspect dropped a pipe and a bag of methamphetamine while talking to the officer, according to the report. Theft A St. Paul Park woman called police June 30 to report that someone stole a bike from a home in the 1700 block of 14th Avenue. SuperAmerica, 545 Summit Ave., reported July 2 that a St.
Recently reported criminal activity in Cottage Grove: Assault Joshua D. Gunter, 23, of Cottage Grove, was cited for fifth-degree domestic assault Aug. 16 after he allegedly bit his 34-year-old girlfriend on the cheek at a home in the 7700 block of Janero Avenue. He was booked at the Washington County jail because it was a domestic assault case. Underage drinking An 18-year-old Cottage Grove man was ticketed for violating the city’s social host ordinance following an underage drinking party Aug. 13 at a home in the 9300 block of Hillside Trail.
A Grey Cloud Island Township man allegedly broke into a nearby home and forced himself sexually onto a sleeping teen girl. Prosecutors charged Joseph M. Petersen, 18, with second-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree burglary, both felonies, in connection with the alleged incident last month. He was arrested and jailed before being released on $10,000 bail with conditions. Petersen also faces a felony-level charge of fleeing a police officer in the case. His next court appearance is Sept.
Financing a political challenge can be an uphill climb, but one area legislative candidate actually finished July in the hole. Matthew Kowalski, the GOP challenger to Rep. Dan Schoen, had no campaign money heading into August, when campaigns typically begin to ramp up. And DFLer Don Slaten had very little money on hand for his challenge against Rep.