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 Cottage Grove man was sentenced for damaging a truck with his fist and a car jack during a fight in St. Paul Park. Jesse K. Hoffman, 30, will avoid a 17-month prison sentence if he completes probation conditions, including serving 180 days in jail, after he pleaded guilty to felony first-degree property damage and two misdemeanors in connection with an Aug. 20, 2011, incident. The criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court describes the incident this way: St. Paul Park police saw Hoffman running to chase a truck in the area of Seventh Avenue and Second Street.
South Washington County Schools submitted an incomplete plan to take over the Crosswinds school in Woodbury, but had faced a tight deadline and was granted more time to develop its proposal. However, District 833 now may have competition as it seeks to acquire the integration school located within its own boundaries. The East Metro Integration District School Board, which oversees Crosswinds Arts and Sciences School and Harambee Community School, voted Wednesday, Nov.
Vandalism Police were called to the 9800 block of Heath Avenue Oct. 28 for reported vandalism. There was graffiti on a fence. Damage was estimated at $25. Emergency crews were called to Kingston Park on Jensen Avenue Oct. 31 for a reported fire. Some playground equipment was on fire. No suspects. A Cottage Grove man reported Nov. 13 that someone spray-painted obscene drawings on his vehicle while it was parked in the 8800 block of Ironwood Avenue. Damage was estimated at $200.
More than a dozen people from four cities want to serve on the South Washington County School Board. District 833 received applications from 14 people who want to fill a one-year term created by the upcoming resignation of board Chairwoman Leslee Boyd. The application period ended Monday. The applicants include Cottage Grove residents Sue Berthiaume, Rick Goecke, Mike Heavner, Steve Lagoon, William Thurmes and Stacey Vogele; Woodbury residents Dick Hanson, Jonathan Hunt, Marisa Novak, Daryl Parks, Joseph Ryan and Lisa Vaske; Newport resident Katie McElwee-Stevens; and Katie Schwartz of St.
Theft Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported Oct. 26 that someone stole a laser level valued at $80. Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a shoplifting incident Oct. 27. Jordan E. Waleski, 21, of Hastings, was arrested and booked into Washington County jail on suspicion of theft involving two bench clamp systems valued at $80. A 57-year-old Hastings man was cited for aiding and abetting theft. Cub Foods, 8690 East Point Douglas Road, reported a shoplifting incident Oct. 27.
State Rep. Denny McNamara rolled to re-election but saw his Republican Party lose control of the Minnesota House. McNamara, R-Hastings, beat DFLer Joanna Bayers 57-42 percent in the House District 54B race last week. McNamara had 12,498 votes to Bayers' 9,228. McNamara has served five terms in the Minnesota House. With Republicans in control of that chamber for the past two years, McNamara has served as chairman of a House environment and natural resources committee.
Katie Sieben is headed back to the state Capitol -- and into a Senate majority that she will now help lead. Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, coasted to re-election last week and then was named an assistant Senate majority leader as Democrats reclaimed control of the Legislature In her race for a third Senate term, Sieben won 63 percent to 36 percent over Republican challenger Janis Quinlan.
A Cottage Grove woman out jogging on her birthday was shot by a teenager with a paintball gun in a passing car but she managed to snap a photo of the vehicle and give it to police. A 17-year-old Cottage Grove male and a 20-year-old Cottage Grove man were arrested and later cited by police in connection with the Saturday, Nov. 10, incident. The 44-year-old victim called police that day to report that she had been jogging on Hardwood Avenue south of 70th Street shortly before 11 a.m. when a red Eagle Talon passed her and an occupant of the car shot at her.
Sen. Katie Sieben will help decide what election changes Minnesota sees in the coming years. Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, will lead the Senate elections subcommittee when Democrats take control of the Legislature in January. That post, announced Wednesday, is in addition to her position as assistant Senate majority leader. Sieben has worked on elections issues for several years in the Legislature. She was part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers that crafted changes to the state's absentee voting process after the protracted U.S.
A St. Paul Park man will spend up to 10 years in prison for firing at police during a drunken standoff last year. Nathan A. Kluessendorf, 23, was sentenced Nov. 2 for three felony charges of using deadly force against a peace officer during a nearly five-hour standoff at his St. Paul Park home Aug. 2, 2011. According to police and court records, Kluessendorf was intoxicated and suicidal during the incident that ended only after an officer shot and wounded him. Kluessendorf was charged with six felonies, including three counts of attempted first-degree murder.