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 small fraction of registered voters in south Washington County settled the District 833 School Board election Tuesday. Voter turnout in the race for three board seats was 7.4 percent, Kevin Corbid, Washington County's top election official, said on Wednesday. There were 4,009 voters at the polls, out of 54,540 who were registered. Election Day registrations totaled 136 people. Turnout was higher in the St. Paul Park mayor's race and the election of two City Council members. A total of 569 people voted out of 2,940 who were registered to vote in St. Paul Park, Corbid said.
Ousted St. Paul Park Mayor John Hunziker said his election loss Tuesday suggests a Michele Bachmann presidency is possible. Hunziker lost his bid for a fifth mayoral term to Keith Franke, a local bar and restaurant owner and first-time candidate. Reached by the Bulletin after the election results were in, Hunziker said: "I only have one statement to make, and that is with the results of the mayoral election in St. Paul Park it only goes to prove that Michele Bachmann can be elected president of the United States." When asked to clarify his comment, Hunziker hung up the telephone.
Voters favored incumbents Ron Kath, Jim Gelbmann and Leslee Boyd against four challengers in Tuesday's District 833 School Board race. Kath, of Cottage Grove, led all candidates with with 20.1 percent of the vote; Gelbmann had 19.3 percent, Boyd 18.6 percent. Gelbmann and Boyd are from Woodbury. All three will serve four-year terms. "Voters seem satisfied with the leadership team that's in place and the way the board has managed their money," Gelbmann said after the results were in.
Suspicious activity A Cottage Grove woman reported at noon Oct. 28 that at 3 a.m. that morning someone may have been removing mail from mailboxes in the 7300 block of Jordon Avenue. No suspect was located. Police encouraged the woman to report such activity soon after it occurs. Car fire Police were called to a car fire around 7:15 p.m. Oct. 28 in the 7800 block of Hemingway Ave. There was a small oil fire. Cottage Grove Fire Department responded. Police were called Oct. 31 to a car fire in the 7500 block of Jeffery Avenue.
Arnie Moen, a former longtime St. Paul Park resident and for many years a fixture at two local banks, has died. He was 94. Moen died Sunday in a Glencoe nursing home where he had lived for three years. Moen was an insurance agent and for many years worked out of the former Town & Country Bank in Newport. Local residents may also remember him more recently from his time as vice president of public relations at Anchor Bank in St. Paul Park, where he worked from 1999 until he retired in 2008. Rhonda Mann of Anchor Bank started working with Moen in 1986.
South Washington County voters on Tuesday are weighing in on races for District 833 School Board and St. Paul Park City Council and mayor. Seven candidates are running for three seats on the South Washington County School Board. The candidates are: Leslee Boyd, Jim Gelbmann, Ron Kath, Joe Ryan, Lezlie Schriver and Katie Schwartz. The winners will serve a four-year term on the seven-member board. In St. Paul Park, voters are choosing between incumbent Mayor John Hunziker and challenger Keith Franke.
Cottage Grove police are investigating after a driver led officers on an early morning, high-speed chase, crashing into a fence and a motor home while speeding through residential neighborhoods before abandoning the vehicle. An officer on patrol at 1 a.m. Wednesday observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed blow through a stop sign at 70th Street and Hinton Avenue, according to the police report.
Prosecutors charged a Cottage Grove man with two felonies after he allegedly pulled a loaded handgun on a patron at a St. Paul Park bar late Sunday. The Washington County Attorney's Office this week charged Eric W. Steil, 44, with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, terroristic threats and carrying a pistol in public without a permit.
Three candidates running for the South Washington County School Board and a St. Paul Park mayoral hopeful are getting the backing of the local Republican Party as the Nov. 8 election approaches. The Senate District 57 GOP mailed an election newsletter to south Washington County homes encouraging voters to support School Board candidates Leslee Boyd, Ron Kath and Joe Ryan. The local party also backed challenger Keith Franke over incumbent John Hunziker in the St.
Restaurateur Dave Anderson of the "Famous Dave's" barbecue chain told a Cottage Grove crowd Thursday that faith changed his life. Anderson was the keynote speaker at the sixth-annual Cottage Grove Area Prayer Breakfast.