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.
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Siobhan Claugherty scored a power play goal for East Ridge, but the Raptors fell to Forest Lake 3-1 to open last week's play before rebounding with a big 5-1 win over district rival Park. Trailing 2-0 in the Jan. 25 game against Forest Lake, Claugherty scored 4 minutes, 55 seconds into the second period for her 10th goal of the year on an assist from Grace Heiting. The Rangers had committed a slashing minor, which set up the Raptors' power play.
Despite a strong game from Charlie Gorres, Park could not keep pace with Cretin-Derham Hall in a 94-66 loss Friday, Jan. 27. Gorres led the Wolfpack with 22 points in the loss to the Raiders. Park's leading scorer with 16.1 per game, Gorres was the only Wolfpack player to reach double figures. Josh Kuemmel scored eight points for the Wolfpack, and Desmond Walker added seven. Brandon Alt, Cole Herder, Brendan Beaulieu and Jeremiah Smith each scored six points.
The Raptors found their offense as they shook off a seven-game losing streak with a 5-2 win Saturday, Jan. 28, over Roseville. East Ridge got goals from five players en route to the team's first victory in nearly a month. Raptors coach Wes Walz said his team played well in the three losses leading up to the win over the Raiders, but has had a hard time scoring. That changed Saturday. "We just capitalized on more opportunities in that game," Walz said. "It was nice to see the guys with a smile on their face."
Four East Ridge wrestlers placed in the 16-team Orono Invitational Saturday, Jan. 28. Marco Cavallaro and Hunter Lyden took second and third in their respective weight divisions. Cavallaro, at 220 pounds and with a 20-8 record on the season, lost to eventual first-place winner Casey Schilz of Elk River, whose record is 22-3. Lyden took third place at 106 pounds by defeating Trayton Hewitt of Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial. Payton Thao (132) and Collin Brown (138) wrestled back to win consolation championships.
The young Wolfpack managed wins at just two weight classes Thursday, Jan. 26, as the team fell to Stillwater 63-9. Park junior Andrew Drigans pinned Stillwater's Jackson Dunleap at 170 pounds. Peter Oyebanji, also a junior, earned a 6-2 decision over Porter Estenson at 132 pounds for Park's other win. Park's Andres Sandoval (106), Jake Schwartz (120), Andrew Diaz (138), Steven Rose (145), Edric Waindim (152), Garrett Whitehead (160), Noah Johnson (182), Ryan Volkert (220) and senior Robert Marrier (285) suffered losses.
Any uncertainty about whether South Washington County Schools will put a referendum to voters in November 2017 was laid to rest early.
School District 833 Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion families who long have been eager for their own space with plenty of breathing room for the popular program now are worried what their children might inhale at their next school. Air pollution and traffic volumes are among safety concerns Nuevas Fronteras parents have about a plan by BNSF Railway to build a 6,000-vehicle parking lot in St. Paul Park. The site is south of the Oltman Middle School building that District 833 intends to renovate for Nuevas Fronteras and other uses.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed during his State of the State speech Monday night, Jan. 23, getting up and walking away a few minutes later. It was not immediately clear what happened to him. When he got up, he waved and walked to a back room. The governor was more than 40 minutes into his annual speech in front of a joint meeting of the House and Senate when he simply fell to the floor. in front a packed state House chamber.
A southern Minnesota man was sentenced to four years in prison last month after he pleaded guilty to a May 2016 drive-by shooting in Newport.
Police continue searching for a suspect in an attempted armed robbery at Walgreen’s in Cottage Grove last week. A Caucasian female wearing sunglasses, a black hat and black hooded jacket entered the store about 2:40 a.m. Jan. 14, approached the pharmacy counter, pointed a handgun at the pharmacist and demanded narcotics, according to police.