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 nearly five-hour standoff early Tuesday in St. Paul Park ended when a 22-year-old man who repeatedly shot at law enforcement was hit by police sniper fire, state investigators said. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the suspect as Nathan A.
Police shot a 22-year-old man early Tuesday after he fired "multiple, multiple" gunshots at law enforcement during a four-hour standoff at a St. Paul Park home, Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton said. The man was injured, arrested and transported to Regions Hospital where he was in surgery Tuesday morning, Hutton said.
Washington County Fair organizers want to show that their annual event is not just for the young and old. The fair board is trying to attract more middle-aged adults to the five-day event at the fairgrounds in Lake Elmo. The strategy for drawing that crowd to this year's fair - which begins Wednesday, Aug. 3 and concludes Sunday, Aug.
The U.S. Postal Service's consolidation of its two Cottage Grove facilities is on hold. The postal service earlier this year announced it would close the main post office at 7130 East Point Douglas Road and move operations to a remodeled annex building at 7523 95th St., across Highway 61. That consolidation still is planned, but the post office is short on money so is delaying construction projects at facilities around the country.
An elderly St. Paul Park man's death was called "a tragic accident" after the car his wife was driving hit him while he was working near the couple's driveway. Edward Howard, 83, was doing yard work Thursday evening near the back door of the home, which shares an area with the driveway. Howard's wife, Margaret, 80, was leaving the home in a full-size car and struck her husband while backing out of the driveway, St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said. Police were called to the home in the 1300 block of Marshall Avenue at 6:17 p.m. on a report that a man was hit by a car and run over.
South Washington County residents are too generous. Well, at least their generosity is too much for Stone Soup Thrift Shop to accommodate in its current space. The St. Paul Park thrift store is expanding as it sees continued growth in donations and shoppers and no extra space to store donated clothing and household items before they are sold.
South Washington County lawmakers have accepted paychecks during the state government shutdown, but handled the pay differently. Sen. Katie Sieben and Reps. Denny McNamara and John Kriesel were on a list of 138 legislators who did not elect to have their pay withheld during the shutdown, which reaches Day 19 on Tuesday.
South Washington County lawmakers said they are not proud of the budget deal reached in an attempt to end the state government shutdown, but likely will vote for it anyway. "I definitely wouldn't call it a masterpiece of a bill," said Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove. "It's something that both sides aren't thrilled with." Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, and Republican legislative leaders agreed to rely on borrowing to pay for $1.4 billion in new state spending in a two-year, $35 billion budget.
Cottage Grove was not Tom Moy's destination when he left China for the United States in 1939, but it would became home to him -- and his namesake restaurant. One generation of ownership later, Tom Moy Café is celebrating its 50th year in business.
Authorities are pursuing criminal charges against a 37-year-old man who allegedly broke into a Cottage Grove home, stole jewelry and saving bonds and was later tracked down in Minneapolis after ditching a backpack containing the stolen items. Mack D. Chambliss, who has no permanent address, was arrested Thursday in connection with the Wednesday burglary in the 9400 block of Kimbro Avenue. According to Cottage Grove police: The homeowner returned to the house about 8 p.m. and found a garage service door open and a door to the residence open.