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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A challenger for Cottage Grove mayor twice convicted of domestic assault said he is "very ashamed" of that past but voters should not judge him based on those criminal convictions. Mayoral candidate Chad Magle pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault in 2003 and again in 2004. The victim in both assaults was his girlfriend at the time; they are now married. Cottage Grove police responded to the calls.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken will tour two Cottage Grove school programs and a window manufacturer on Monday, a day after he visited town to support DFL candidate. Franken will visit Crestview Elementary School Monday afternoon to learn about its literacy programs and Nuevas Fronteras to observe the Spanish immersion program. Nuevas Fronteras and Crestview are in the same building at 7830 80th St. He will tour there beginning at 1:45 p.m.
Suspicious activity Police were called Sept. 30 to a home in the 600 block of Fifth Avenue on a report of suspicious activity at a vacant house. Officers found two juvenile males in the residence. They were questioned and told to stay out of the home. Drugs A 23-year-old Hugo man was cited for possessing drug paraphernalia after police found in him in a vehicle shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sept. 28 in the 100 block of 10th Street. The man had two glass pipes and other objects used to smoke marijuana. Fight Newport police were sent shortly after midnight Sept.
A public open house is planned for the new Cottage Grove City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 20. The open house will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation at 1:30 p.m. Self-guided tours will be available from 2-4 p.m. City Administrator Ryan Schroeder said employees will be stationed throughout the building to answer questions. Schroeder said the city is urging the community to visit City Hall during the open house because after that there will not be opportunities to freely roam the building, including in public safety areas which will be off limits to the public after the building opens.
A Cottage Grove City Hall project roughly 10 years in the making soon will be open to the public. Construction is winding down on the new city government building on Keats Avenue ahead of an Oct. 20 public open house. The bulk of construction has been completed, City Administrator Ryan Schroeder said last week. Much of the remaining work in the 67,000-square-foot building is cosmetic, such as touching up paint. New furniture was delivered last week, including cubicles that will be used in both the general government and public safety areas.
Theft A Cottage Grove resident reported Sept. 28 that someone stole two bags of clothing left outside for a veterans group. The items were stolen from a property in the 8800 block of 80th Street, but most items were found nearby. A Maplewood resident reported Sept. 29 that a backpack containing video game equipment was stolen from Belden Park in the 8100 block of Belden Boulevard. A construction worker in the 9300 block of 71st Street reported Sept. 30 that seven tubes of caulking valued at $35. Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft on Oct. 1.
This is it, drive-in fans. The Cottage View Drive-In will play its final movies this weekend. The drive-in will show films on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13, to end its 46-year run. Mann Theatres will screen the youth-oriented "Hotel Transylvania" and "The Amazing Spiderman" both nights. The first film begins after dusk. Last month a community farewell celebration was held at the drive-in, drawing hundreds of families for pre-movie entertainment and a screening of "Grease." The Cottage View is one of only two drive-in theaters remaining in the Twin Cities.
Property damage Police were called Sept. 12 to a home in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue by a man reporting that his roommate had cut the cord on his vacuum cleaner. The other man admitted to police that he cut the cord and would repair it or buy a new one. Police previously were called to the home when the men were fighting over a disputed cable bill. A Newport woman living in the 500 block of Fifth Street reported Sept. 13 that the vehicle identification number plate was removed from her car. Police were called Sept.
Police are asking for help in finding suspects linked to a string of stolen vehicles and other crimes that took place over three nights early last week in three different Cottage Grove neighborhoods. The incidents were among more than 30 vehicle theft or tampering calls police responded to in a five-day period. Six vehicles were stolen from garages overnight Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 25-26. Five vehicles had been recovered by later in the week. Police distributed a photo of a suspect captured on a surveillance video set up at a victim's home.
Fight Two Cottage Grove females, both age 14, were referred to the Youth Service Bureau for disorderly conduct on Sept. 13 after they were involved in a fight in the Park High School lunchroom. Property damage A Cottage Grove resident reported Sept. 13 that a window was damaged on a van parked in the 8400 block of Jody Lane. A Cottage Grove resident reported Sept. 14 that a political campaign sign had been bent in the yard in the 8100 block of Hemingway Ave. Police received a report Sept.