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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When Greg Wilwert won a $100 gift certificate for new glasses from Cottage Grove Eyecare Clinic at a Chamber of Commerce networking event, it seemed it was his lucky day. At the time, though, he had no idea how lucky he was. It was Dr. Trent Cole who during his eye exam in May urged Greg to go get a physical -- which ultimately led to a diagnosis of a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Cole was concerned because he had spotted broken blood vessels -- typically a symptom of high blood pressure, Greg said. Greg went to HealthPartners Clinic the next day.
In the back corner of the Bulletin office, we have shelves of books that contain all the old issues of the paper dating back to 1962. Some of the best reads we find paging through those old editions are the columns.
A Cottage Grove couple faces drug charges after police found they were allegedly carrying methamphetamine in their underwear. Amber L. Reyes, 27, allegedly had 5.15 grams of methamphetamine in her bra and Ryan B. Nilo, 27, allegedly had 11.03 grams of the drug in his underwear, when police searched them June 29, according to the Washington County District Court Complaint. Officers stopped the car Nilo was driving near 70th Street and Highway 61 because they knew Nilo had a suspended Minnesota driver's license, the complaint says.
A 20-year-old man is charged with allegedly having 67 grams of marijuana in the trunk of his car on Sept. 7 when Cottage Grove officers searched it. Ryan D. Kleschold, listed as having no permanent address, admitted to police that the marijuana, as well as a mirror, digital scale, pipes, grinder and other paraphernalia in the car belonged to him, according to the Washington County District Court complaint. According to the complaint, someone called police to report young people in a gray car in the 7600 block of Hinton Avenue who appeared to be snorting something off of a mirror.
Before Rebecca Eckes went in this spring for what her family hoped would be the last of many surgeries, she, her husband Shane and their five kids drove to Florida to enjoy the beach and a day in Disney World. It was a step toward normalcy, Eckes said, as was her March reconstructive surgery which re-arranged the skin on her stomach to look a little more like it did before she got a hysterectomy and was infected by a flesh-eating bacteria, before she underwent 18 surgeries in the space of a month to cut out infected portions of her stomach and upper legs, before she lost her job due to inabil
The wanted sex offender who police think accompanied a Cottage Grove runaway teen was arrested in Albuquerque, N.M., Wednesday, said U.S. Marshal Deputy Thomas Volk. Alexius J. McMullin, 36, is wanted in Washington and Hennepin counties and could face federal charges, Volk said. He was arrested at an apartment building without incident, Volk said. Police believe McMullin was with a 14-year-old girl who was missing for three weeks in July until she turned herself in at a Las Vegas Greyhound bus station.
A Cottage Grove resident whose dog died of heat stroke while out in hot, humid weather on Tuesday faces animal cruelty charges. Charges are pending against Jonathan J. White, 26, whose 2- to 3-year-old black and tan pit bull was spotted tied to a tree in the 8000 block of Scott Boulevard around noon Tuesday, said Cottage Grove Police Department Capt. Pete Koerner. The dog could not access shelter or water, he said.
The Washington County Fair has been around for more than 100 years, but organizers are still coming up with new ways to engage and entertain the 50,000 people that pass annually through its gates. "We try to change our entertainment every so often, unless we have a huge demand for it," said organizer Liz Dietsche. One act that's back again this year due to high demand is the Rockin' Hollywoods. The group will perform "solid gold rock & roll" from the 1950s through the '80s on Friday night. On Saturday night, The Dweebs will make their debut performance at the fair.
A Cottage Grove teenager missing since July 2 turned herself in to police in Las Vegas over the weekend, according to Cottage Grove Police Detective Tom Ueland. At around 10:30 p.m. Friday, Angela M. Tschida, 14, turned herself in to a security person at a Greyhound Bus station in Las Vegas, he said. She has been in a juvenile holding facility since then, and police are making arrangements to get her back to Cottage Grove, Ueland said. Angela's mother, Brigette Tschida said she was "dumbfounded" when she got a call from her daughter, who she hadn't heard from in weeks, Friday night.
Sleeping pills and keeping busy are a Cottage Grove mother's antidotes to the stress of not knowing her 14-year-old daughter's whereabouts, and fearing she's with a man more than twice her age who has violent crimes in his past. Brigette Tschida, whose daughter Angela Tschida hasn't been heard from since July 2, said she doesn't like the limelight, but she hopes media attention to the case might allow her daughter to see something that convinces her to come home. "He may be saying that nobody cares, but that's the farthest thing (from the truth)," Brigette Tschida said. Tschida and police s