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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Park High School Principal Dr. Efe Agbamu has been named Minnesota's secondary principal of the year. Agbamu was recognized by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals at a convention this week in Minneapolis. The award means Agbamu will represent Minnesota at a national principal of the year competition. Agbamu has been at Park four years. Check back for more on Agbamu's recognition.
Class sizes in District 833 schools likely will remain unchanged next year, but the district will consider budget reductions that still could affect staffing. Superintendent Mark Porter said he expects that the School Board will approve some spending cuts for 2011-12 if state aid remains flat or is reduced. The district has $17 million in reserves but will not rely solely on those funds as a way to avoid spending cuts, Porter said.
South Washington County Schools officials say they are worried that state lawmakers will penalize District 833 for being financially prudent as they look to balance the state budget. School Board members and district officials told legislators representing south Washington County that the district's "healthy" reserve fund of $17 million is the product of fiscal responsibility.
The "60 Minutes" television news magazine spent time at Woodbury High School this week interviewing staff and students about the novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The informal visit from a "60 Minutes" staffer came amid a literary debate about a publisher's plan to remove offensive language in a new edition of the Mark Twain classic. The Alabama publisher's recent decision - and an ensuing national discussion - prompted Woodbury High School English teacher Karen Morrill to write an opinion piece on the topic.
Federal prosecutors allege that a former St. Paul Park man produced pornographic videos of girls at his former home. Jose A. Soto, of Texas, has been indicted on 17 counts of production of child pornography. Soto, 40, is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Minneapolis, but St. Paul Park police officers helped other law enforcement agencies to bring a case against Soto. The indictment, issued Jan.
A man who used to live in St. Paul Park is accused by prosecutors of producing pornographic videos of girls at his former residence. Jose A. Soto, of Texas, was indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on 17 counts of production of child pornography. Soto allegedly coerced four girls into "engaging in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct," according to the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis. Pornographic videotapes allegedly were made at his St.
Washington County commissioners had a request for local lawmakers: give us some relief. It could take four months to know whether their request is fulfilled. Commissioners and county officials told area legislators Tuesday that the single-most important state issue affecting county government is the burden of program requirements that are not backed by state dollars.
Police were dispatched to Timothy and Wendy LaFrance's Cottage Grove home numerous times in recent years. There were medical calls, welfare checks and requests to help with family disputes, but police said they had no reason to suspect anything unusual when Timothy LaFrance refused assistance after officers were dispatched to the home last Wednesday. Yet, just a short time later, LaFrance called 911 to report that his wife was not breathing.
The Cottage Grove Renewal by Andersen location was among 13 Twin Cities area businesses to receive threatening letters containing a nontoxic white powder substance in recent days, according to the FBI. The agency is investigating the mailings, which occurred between Dec. 31 and last Thursday, Ralph Boelter, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis FBI office, said in a news release. The Cottage Grove Renewal by Andersen received the letter Thursday, said Maureen McDonough, director of corporate communications for Andersen Corp.
It was a daily routine: When I was younger, I would get the newspaper in the morning and turn right to the sports box scores to see how my favorite teams performed the previous night. That was the case for the professional sports that I followed, but also for my local high school teams. I couldn't wait to peruse the sports pages for that basic information. The way that we get that information is changing, but people certainly have a similar interest in getting their local high school sports scores as soon as they can.