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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Could this be the beginning of the end for the Cottage View Drive-In? The outdoor theater in Cottage Grove begins its 2012 season tonight. On the big screen: "The Hunger Games," followed by "Wrath of the Titans." "The Hunger Games" begins at dusk. "Wrath of the Titans" will start around 10:45 p.m. This 47th season for the drive-in likely could be its last.
A Cottage Grove man is accused of stealing from motorhomes and vehicles parked at an outdoor storage site and then setting the motorhomes on fire. Washington County prosecutors charged 46-year-old Gerald E. Holmes with arson, property damage and theft in connection with an April 6 blaze at Acorn Mini Storage in Cottage Grove. Four motorhomes and two camper trailers were destroyed in the early morning fire. Investigators later that day tracked down Holmes in a Woodbury motel, where he was found sleeping and unresponsive, with a steak knife and cap gun.
District 833 Superintendent Mark Porter was passed up for a similar job with Seminole County Public Schools in Florida. Porter was among three finalists for the Seminole County superintendent position, but the school board there on Wednesday chose internal candidate Walt Griffin, the district's executive director.
Cottage Grove police were searching for two suspects after a woman reported that they broke into her house Wednesday morning and left only after she screamed at them. The 47-year-old woman was alone in her home at the time of the break-in around 9 a.m. The woman was not injured and did not recognize the suspects.
If careers were hairstyles, Mailee Kong and her coworkers just wanted to let their hair down. Kong had wanted to run a hair salon for 10 years, and she and stylists she worked with also wanted a new working environment free of a chain salon's corporate limitations. So they snipped their ties with a local salon and launched MK Salon, a full-service studio offering haircuts, permanents, colorings, extensions, hair conditioning treatments and other services. Kong owns the salon and is getting help from stylists Richard Hubal, Amy Jeszewski, Robin Muro and Trisha Kalista.
Four luxury motorhomes and two recreational trailers were destroyed in a fire early Friday at Acorn Mini Storage in Cottage Grove. A passerby reported a fire at 5:32 a.m. Initially, police believed garage-like storage units were on fire, but the blaze was limited to the motorhomes and pull-behind campers. Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park firefighters responded and had the fire mostly contained within about a half-hour, said PJ McMahon, Cottage Grove fire marshal.
Local Republicans say their strategy to keep two legislative seats and pick up a third this November comes down to working hard and raising lots of money. That was among the messages stressed as GOP activists in Senate District 54 on Saturday picked first-time candidate Janis Quinlan to challenge Sen. Katie Sieben and endorsed Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke for an open Minnesota House seat that could be among Democrats' top targets this fall. Quinlan, a real estate agent and St.
Republicans picked first-time candidate Janis Quinlan to challenge Sen. Katie Sieben and threw their support behind Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke for an open Minnesota House seat. Quinlan, a real estate agent and St. Paul Park resident, won the Senate District 54 endorsement on the fourth round of balloting at the district convention Saturday in Hastings. Quinlan beat fellow first-time candidate Chad Rediske, of Cottage Grove, who conceded to Quinlan after trailing in each of the four rounds.
Cottage Grove resident Chad Rediske will seek the GOP endorsement this weekend to run against state Sen. Katie Sieben. Rediske, 39, said Thursday he will try to unseat Sieben, a Cottage Grove Democrat, in his first bid for public office after years of interest in politics. "I want to see the slowing in the rate of growth of government," Rediske said.
Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke is running for the Minnesota House. Lehrke says he is campaigning to replace the retiring Rep. John Kriesel. Lehrke, a Republican, on Tuesday created a Facebook page dedicated to a bid for House District 54A and described himself on a revised Twitter account as a candidate to replace Kriesel. Lehrke was elected to the Cottage Grove council in 2010 after campaigning hard against the city hall project.