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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The state of Minnesota wants 3M Company to pay for what it claims was environmental damage caused by decades of chemical pollution in Cottage Grove, Woodbury, other areas of Washington County and elsewhere. In a state lawsuit, Attorney General Lori Swanson said the company disposed of perfluorochemical, or PFC, waste and wastewater for over 50 years and it contaminated Minnesota ground water and surface water, harming natural resources and fish.
Cottage Grove resident Leon Moe is critical of federal health care expansion and on Wednesday was given a big platform to express that view. Gov.
Cottage Grove police have identified a woman found dead at a local residence Wednesday. Police said they found the body of 52-year-old Wendy LaFrance of Cottage Grove in a home after they were twice dispatched to the residence. A 52-year-old man who was at the home was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. Police declined to provide details of LaFrance's death, citing ongoing work by a medical examiner. They opened a death investigation Wednesday afternoon. "Nothing appears suspicious at this time," Cottage Grove police Capt.
Cottage Grove police on Wednesday were conducting a death investigation after a woman was found dead at a local home and a man was transported by ambulance from the residence. The woman was found dead inside the home Wednesday afternoon after two emergency calls to the address in the 7600 block of Hinton Avenue. The home is in the Hinton Heights development. Police first were sent to the home at 12:26 p.m. to check the welfare of a 52-year-old man. The man's employer had called police after he did not show up for work, said Cottage Grove police Capt. Greg Rinzel.
Washington County's traffic crash stats remained static last year, reflecting a statewide trend. Eleven people were killed in crashes in Washington County in 2010, according to preliminary data released this week by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Statewide, there were at least 410 people killed on Minnesota roads last year. The statistics will increase after all 2010 crash reports are submitted.
Paul Augustine, a co-founder of the Afton Alps ski area, died Saturday. He was 79. Augustine had been living at the Afton Care Center for about eight years. He suffered from Parkinson's disease and dementia, said Joe Yasis, Afton Alps manager. Augustine founded Afton Alps Recreation Area in 1963 with his brother, Bob, and Tom Furlong. He was the principal owner and developer of Afton Alps, Mount Kato and Titus Mountain ski areas. Augustine was born and raised in the town of Hastings.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Thursday sued 3M Company over past chemical contamination of ground water in the eastern Twin Cities. Swanson's office wants the company to pay for environmental damage caused by decades of pollution in the Washington County area. "3M polluted and damaged our waters with these chemicals," Swanson said in a statement.
Diane Johnson's creativity and interest in sweepstakes proved a winning combination. A neat old photograph helped, too. Johnson recently won a Hallmark contest with a light-hearted birthday card she created using a priceless childhood snapshot of her husband Fred in a vintage cowboy costume. The Cottage Grove woman's card can be purchased online and, if her luck continues, it might appear on store displays.
Two men apprehended in Cottage Grove last week face charges in connection with an axe assault and robbery. Cottage Grove police on Dec. 21 located two men in a truck that had been reported stolen following a home invasion in Inver Grove Heights. According to a Dakota County criminal complaint filed Monday, the men -- Jacob R. Anhalt, 22, and Randy A. Knight, 31, both of Inver Grove Heights -- allegedly were among three men who made their way into a home and stole tools, valuables and a truck. A man who was at home during the robbery said he was assaulted with a battle axe during the Dec.
Assault A 16-year-old Cottage Grove boy was cited for fifth-degree assault for allegedly punching a 17-year-old Cottage Grove boy during a fight Dec. 20 at Oakwood Park in the 7800 block of Harkness Avenue. Police were called to the scene. The victim did not require an ambulance. Suspects located Cottage Grove police on Dec. 21 located suspects believed to be involved in a home invasion in Inver Grove Heights. The two Inver Grove Heights men were found in a vehicle at the SuperAmerica gas station, 7162 E. Point Douglas Road.