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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District 833 School Board members and administrators are emphasizing the budget as well as technology and curriculum this year. Those were the topics chosen as key issues for the 2014-15 school year. Board members selected them during their annual planning retreat July 24. So-called “guiding change documents” will be written for the two issues. The documents will help drive administrators’ work on this issues this year, Superintendent Keith Jacobus said.
School District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus got his annual report card last week. The South Washington County School Board gave Jacobus his yearly performance evaluation during a closed meeting July 24. The closed session is allowed by law. Jacobus has started the final year of a three-year contract with the district. The board is required to provide a summary of the performance evaluation at its next regular meeting, Thursday, Aug. 7.
An 86-unit senior housing project in Cottage Grove is moving forward with plans to break ground this fall, and the operators pledge to make the facility part of the community.
Recently reported criminal activity in Cottage Grove: Intoxicated McDonald’s, 7355 East Point Douglas Road, called police shortly before midnight July 2 after four people who appeared to be intoxicated attempted to order food by walking through the drive-thru. There were no citations issued. Domestic Tyler J. Pavel, 34, of Cottage Grove, was arrested July 2 on suspicion of fifth-degree assault after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife.
A man was arrested for allegedly punching his grandmother at a Cottage Grove home. Police were called after 11 p.m. July 4 to a home in the 9000 block of 79th Street for a reported assault. A 66-year-old woman had been punched in the face several times, according to the police report. Juan A. Rugel, 30, of Inver Grove Heights, was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault. Nobody at the home could tell police what led to the alleged assault. The victim did not need an ambulance but did go to an area hospital with unspecified injuries, the report said.
South Washington County Schools’ information technology director is leaving. Andrew Baldwin, who has led the IT department for three years, is resigning to take a similar job in the Farmington school district. He and his family have lived in Farmington for 15 years. Baldwin’s last day with District 833 is Aug. 1. “My time with District 833 has been a truly rewarding experience,” Baldwin said in a statement. “I have the highest regard for the South Washington County Schools, and I certainly hope I have been able to contribute to the success of the organization.
A man was sentenced earlier this month for firing several 9 mm rounds into a Cottage Grove cornfield after drinking late one night.
An Inver Grove Heights man was charged with drunken driving after allegedly swerving all over the road and driving the wrong way down 80th Street in Cottage Grove.
Recently reported criminal activity in Cottage Grove: Vandalism A Cottage Grove resident reported June 27 that someone knocked over planters at a home in the 9900 block of 77th Street. Police were called June 30 after graffiti was found at Woodridge Park, 9000 90th St. Zion Lutheran Church, 8500 Hillside Trail, reported July 2 that the church had been vandalized.
A Newport man and former youth pastor was sentenced last month for having sex with a teenage girl, whom he admitted to impregnating, and for possessing pornographic images of her as he awaited his criminal sentence.