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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Students who are not in the East Ridge High School attendance boundary will be allowed to transfer to that school so long as they have an older sibling already enrolled there. The District 833 School Board voted Dec. 15 to allow that exception to the district's policy prohibiting intra-district transfers to East Ridge, which is nearing capacity.
Just like its surrounding neighborhood, Liberty Ridge Elementary School is poised to grow. The District 833 elementary school in Woodbury's Stonemill Farms development likely will be expanded following the South Washington County School Board's decision Dec. 15 to support the planned acquisition of a vacant commercial building across the street from the school. The estimated $4.5 million project would include buying the commercial property and building a 12,500-square-foot addition.
School District 833 will collect slightly less tax revenue from property owners next year than it did this year. The School Board on Dec. 14 voted unanimously to set the district's 2012 tax levy at $53.42 million, down from a proposed levy of $53.58 million. The decrease in recent months was due to savings made by refinancing debt and by state education officials' different calculation on the refinanced debt, said Aaron Bushberger, District 833 finance director. The 2011 levy was $53.69 million.
The District 833 School Board's action Thursday to not renew Superintendent Mark Porter's contract.
A divided South Washington County School Board on Thursday voted against extending Superintendent Mark Porter's contract. The sudden move came toward the close of a meeting Thursday when board members were expected to take up the approval of a contract renewal for Porter. In a statement Friday morning, Porter called the decision "unfortunate" and confusing. Those who voted to end his tenure when his current term ends in June said little publicly about the move.
A Cottage Grove man likely faces criminal charges after police used DNA to allegedly link him to a string of vehicle break-ins. Cottage Grove police said blood they collected as part of evidence in 13 reports of vehicle damage and theft from vehicles earlier this year matched that of Ryan P. Aasand, 20, the suspect in the cases. Aasand was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree felony damage to property and theft.
A St. Paul Park congregation's building project collapsed but its hopes of hosting worship and community meals in a new church have not been crushed. The pastor of Household of Faith Church said the congregation plans to rebuild after construction framing for its building expansion toppled last week due to improper construction. Church members who were volunteering their time to build an addition spent last Wednesday installing roof trusses on the addition.
Assault A 39-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for disorderly conduct after he allegedly got into a verbal confrontation and slapped another Cottage Grove man following a Nov. 18 road rage incident. The two drivers were traveling near 70th Street and Inwood Avenue when the road rage incident occurred. The victim pulled into a gas station on Pine Arbor Drive and called police. Shoplifting Two Cottage Grove females, both 15, were referred to the Youth Service Bureau after they were caught trying to shoplift Nov.
A small St. Paul Park congregation's hopes to soon host worship and community meals in its new church were crushed, at least for the time being, when construction framing for its building expansion toppled due to improper construction. Household of Faith Church members who were volunteering their time to build the addition had just spent Wednesday using a crane to place trusses on the structure. Walls were erected and the volunteer builders were planning to enclose the two-story building. But it all collapsed overnight, leaving damaged walls, tangled trusses and heaved brickwork.
A Cottage Grove man is accused of trashing a home and torturing a cat that belonged to an Oakdale woman who had provided him a place to stay. Scott A. Eberspacher, 34, faces two felony charges in Washington County District Court in connection with an October incident and the family's subsequent discovery of their dead cat in the garage. According to the criminal complaint: The woman had allowed Eberspacher to move in temporarily because he needed a place to stay. When she returned home in the evening of Oct.