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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A St. Paul Park man was sentenced last month for recklessly shooting a gun within city limits. James P. Mitchem, 60, pleaded guilty June 26 to reckless use of a dangerous weapon, a gross misdemeanor. His sentence includes two years of probation, 15 days in jail and 120 hours of community service, among other conditions. According to the Washington County District court criminal complaint: St. Paul Park police were called March 3 to the 1000 block of Selby Avenue on a report of gunshots in the area.
Business is brewing at G-Will Liquors. The Cottage Grove liquor store last week celebrated its new space at 6990 80th St. The move across the street from the old store at 80th Street Crossing has generated customer interest, store manager Nicole Gora said. Sales have been steady but more people are ducking in to check out the new location and its selection of beer, wine and spirits. The store has added about 100 new items, based on current drinking trends.
South Washington County Schools will dip into its budget reserves this year to erase a $1 million general fund shortfall.
Recent criminal activity reported in Newport: Burglary A Newport woman called police June 2 to report that two diamond rings ($2,100 and $550) were stolen from her home in the 1200 block of Woodbury Road. The woman said she took off the rings and left them on her kitchen counter when she went outside to garden.
South Washington County communities plan Fourth of July celebrations for Friday that include food, entertainment and children’s games: Cottage Grove When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Kingston Park, 9195 75th St. What: Picnic dinner, activities and fireworks display at dusk. Woodbury When: 7 p.m. Where: Bielenberg Sports Center, 4125 Radio Drive What: Food sales and live music by Maiden Dixie.
Criminal activity in St. Paul Park: Drunken driving A 22-year-old Champlin man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a St. Paul Park police officer on patrol about 1:30 a.m. May 16 stopped a vehicle near the Grey Cloud Island cemetery. Police also recovered a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the vehicle, according to the report. Theft SuperAmerica, 545 Summit Ave., reported a $90 gas drive-off May 23.
Recent criminal activity reported in Cottage Grove: Assault A 51-year-old Cottage Grove man was arrested June 20 on suspicion of obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor domestic assault after he allegedly threw a water bottle at his wife and then hit her in the face during an altercation at their home in the 8600 block of Green Avenue.
AVID, which was first launched at Oltman Middle School and Park High School, will expand this fall to include curriculum principles at every elementary school. It already is offered at all middle schools and high schools.
Nearly half of District 833’s top administrators are new as four department directors started July 1.
Two new principals have been hired for District 833 elementary schools.