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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They've spent nearly a year learning and now they're close to a decision. After a methodical, months-long educational process, Cottage Grove Charter Commission members soon will decide whether to write a new governing document to put before voters in a referendum or to leave the city's operating structure unchanged. A charter essentially would serve as a city constitution and could include checks on big-ticket city spending and borrowing and other provisions intended to provide more citizen control that do not exist under the city's current statutory structure. The commission generally has
Cottage Grove city officials want to know what local shoppers want. The city has launched an online survey asking residents to share what businesses, shops or restaurants they would like to see in Cottage Grove.
A south Washington County sixth-grader was disciplined after he brought a replica handgun to school. The Cottage Grove Middle School student brought the toy cap gun to school on Tuesday, Jan. 26, in his pants pocket.
Police say a Woodbury mother likely will be charged with child neglect after leaving her young son unattended in her car while she shopped at a Cottage Grove store. Cottage Grove police were called to Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road, shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, after a customer reported seeing a child alone in the backseat of a car in the store parking lot. Police located the 35-year-old mother. The woman, whose 4-year-old daughter was with her, told police her son was sleeping and she thought it would be OK to leave him in the vehicle.
The presence of a 3M-produced chemical has declined in the Mississippi River southeast of St. Paul but the pollutant was found at significantly higher rates downstream of the company's Cottage Grove plant. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced this week that it detected less perfluorooctane sulfate (PFOS) in the river between St.
A Cottage Grove man could face criminal charges after police say he caused an accident and then distracted good Samaritans so that he could run from the scene. The 29-year-old man was arrested and jailed shortly after the Jan. 14 incident, but formal criminal charges have not been filed as authorities await toxicology lab results. They allege the driver was under the influence of a drug. According to the police report: The man was driving south on Jamaica Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. Jan. 14 when he rear-ended another vehicle. The suspect's car started on fire.
South Washington County lawmakers offered tepid support for key parts of Gov. Mark Dayton's state budget plan, questioned others and said they need to know more about how it would affect local residents. Sen. Katie Sieben and Rep.
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.