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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Marathon Petroleum Co., the former owner of the St. Paul Park oil refinery, paid a $700,000 civil penalty for failing to properly treat wastewater containing the chemical benzene, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced. Marathon illegally disposed of nearly 115 million gallons of wastewater containing benzene into an unprotected lagoon at the refinery rather than removing the benzene at its wastewater treatment plant, the MPCA said. The lagoon is near the Mississippi River.
An overtime victory wasn't the highlight for East Ridge in its recent game against Forest Lake. The highlight came courtesy of Raptor senior shooting guard Justin Pahl. Pahl, the Raptors' captain, netted his 1,000th point as a high school player in the narrow 56-54 victory on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Forest Lake. Pahl reached the milestone as he led the Raptors with 12 points in the win over the Rangers.
The former owner of the St. Paul Park oil refinery paid a $700,000 civil penalty for failing to properly treat wastewater containing the chemical benzene, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Thursday. Marathon Petroleum Co. illegally disposed of nearly 115 million gallons of wastewater containing benzene into an unprotected lagoon rather than removing the benzene at its wastewater treatment plant, the MPCA said. The lagoon is on refinery property near the Mississippi River. The company said the wastewater contained the equivalent of 128 gallons of pure benzene.
A local health club has a new way to offer dozens of fitness classes - whenever you want to take them. Snap Fitness of Cottage Grove recently unveiled its Fitness on Demand system as part of the 24/7 club's expansion. It's the first Snap in Minnesota beyond the company's corporate headquarters to offer the new training system. Fitness on Demand is simply an exercise room with equipment and a drop-down projection screen. Users select from about 24 classes on a small computer. A class instructor is projected onto the screen in the exercise room and guides users through the exercise.
A teenager was hospitalized following a head-on crash in Cottage Grove that injured three other teens and an adult. The Hammond, Wis., boy was a passenger in a vehicle that hit another head-on while traveling on 70th Street west of Keats Avenue, Cottage Grove police said. According to the accident report: A Suburban driven by Kim Lemons, 44, of Cottage Grove, was headed east on 70th Street in Cottage Grove about 6:15 p.m. when it was struck by a westbound Pontiac car driven by a 17-year-old Cottage Grove girl.
Four teenagers were transported to area hospitals following a two-vehicle head-on crash Wednesday in Cottage Grove. Cottage Grove police said two vehicles collided at the intersection of 70th Street and Joliet Avenue. Emergency crews were dispatched at 6:15 p.m. Five people were involved, police said in a news release. From one vehicle a 12-year-old Cottage Grove boy was transported to Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury and a 13-year-old boy was transported to Regions Hospital in St.
District 833 School Board members have not followed their own recommended email policy, records show. School Board members last year wanted to follow a policy recommending that they only communicate by email through district-issued accounts, not personal email accounts. But a series of board member emails from last month show that a number of them were shuffling between district, personal and work accounts to conduct school business.
Support for Superintendent Mark Porter among District 833 School Board members was quietly eroding long before they surprised many school staff and district residents by not renewing his contract. While no board members had publicly suggested they wanted a new superintendent, they privately acknowledged to one another a lack of support for Porter in the weeks leading up to the Dec. 15 vote.
A former St. Paul Park man already imprisoned on a child pornography conviction was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison for producing child porn. Jose A. Soto, 41, received a 360-month prison sentence after he admitted to investigators that he used or coerced a minor female into engaging in sexually explicit conduct which he videotaped, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. U.S.
Park High School athletic staff see leaving the Suburban East Conference as a way to bolster the school's sports programs, but first want to hear from the community. The school's activities department is inviting students, parents, teachers and local residents to a "community input night" on Park athletics and activities Wednesday, Jan. 11. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Park lecture hall. The meeting, to be led by Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel, comes as coaches and staff are looking at ways to improve the school's competition and bolster participation.