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 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.
An overnight home burglary was reported in Cottage Grove last week, the third such break-in in as many weeks. Police were called to a home in the 7700 block of Ivystone on Friday, Nov. 9. The homeowner said someone had entered the house the previous night through two unlocked doors, according to police. The man said his wife's purse was stolen from its spot on a stairwell in the home. The value of the purse's contents, which included an iPod, was estimated at $200. The break-in happened sometime between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m., according to the report.
Republicans pulled out a surprising win in south Washington County in 2010 en route to claiming control of the Minnesota Legislature, but the political pendulum swung the other way locally and statewide just two years later. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate Dan Schoen put a local House seat back in DFL hands in last week's election, one of many Democratic pick-ups that helped the party regain legislative control. Schoen handily won the Minnesota House District 54A race, beating his chief opponent, Republican Derrick Lehrke, 54 percent to 37 percent.
Washington County had a higher voter turnout rate last week than the overall state rate. An estimated 82.4 percent of Washington County's registered voters cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election. Statewide, about 76 percent of eligible voters went to the polls or voted absentee, according to the secretary of state's unofficial election results. Washington County saw 172,530 total voters.
A Cottage Grove man found dead in his car Monday died from an accidental fall and hypothermia, according to police and medical officials. Cottage Grove police on Tuesday identified the victim as 66-year-old Dallas G. Jensen. He died as a result of trauma caused by falling and hypothermia, according to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office, which performed an autopsy. The death was determined to be accidental. Emergency crews were called to a home in the 8800 block of Hamlet Avenue at 4:29 p.m.
It's easy to see the Cottage Grove Veterans Memorial when walking into the new City Hall. That is by design -- literally. The new memorial near the front door to City Hall was designed as the focal point to the civic building, said Gary Bloedel, chairman of an advisory committee that worked on the memorial honoring U.S.
Theft Cottage Grove Middle School, 9775 Indian Blvd., reported Oct. 12 that $7 was stolen from a student's locker. A 12-year-old Cottage Grove male student was referred to the Youth Service Bureau for theft. A Cottage Grove resident reported Oct. 15 that someone stole 15 cents from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 7800 block of Hemingway Avenue. A Cottage Grove resident reported Oct. 17 that a 1995 Buick Park Avenue was stolen from a residence in the 6700 block of Timber Ridge Court. The car was valued at $2,500, and had not been located.
Cottage Grove police for years sought a new facility because they said their existing department lacked adequate space for patrol officers, investigators, evidence and witness interviews. They got all of that in the new Cottage Grove City Hall, but did not expect that a murder-suicide would test the new facility before officers had officially moved in. Mere hours before police were to set up in their new offices last month, 22-year-old Chevel Richard chased down his wife, Tensia Martinez Richard, in a Cottage Grove parking lot and gunned her down in a sandwich shop before turning the gun on
Katie Sieben is headed back to the state Capitol - and to a Senate controlled again by her fellow Democrats. Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, coasted to re-election Tuesday, winning 63-36 percent over Republican challenger Janis Quinlan. The unofficial election results gave Sieben 26,998 votes to Quinlan's 15,256. Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, will serve a third term in the Senate, where she was first elected in 2006 after serving four years in the House.
State Rep. Denny McNamara was coasting to re-election but saw his Republican Party lose control of the Minnesota House. McNamara, R-Hastings, was ahead of DFLer Joanna Bayers 57-42 percent in the House District 54B race, which includes part of south Washington County. McNamara had 8,309 votes to Bayers' 6,073 with 14 of 19 precincts reporting. 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.