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 new frozen yogurt shop is ready to serve Cottage Grove. CherryBerry, which offers self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings, plans to open Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7750 Harkness Ave. It anchors one end of a Gateway North strip mall behind Kohl's. "We're excited to get the spot open," said franchise owner Mike Hofer, whose ownership group has 11 CherryBerry locations in Minnesota and North Dakota. Hofer said Cottage Grove is an attractive market because of its size and demographics. He said his group focuses on mid-size cities with young families.
Newport police say they are investigating a possible double stabbing but are not getting cooperation from the victims. The investigation started with one possible stabbing on Nov. 22 but expanded when a second victim was identified. Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said in a news release that Regions Hospital in St. Paul notified police shortly after 6 a.m. Nov. 22 of a possible stabbing in Newport. The victim was at Regions. In an initial report, the victim was stabbed at an unknown St.
A Newport man was arrested on suspicion of a felony weapons violation following a reported armed robbery. Prosecutors charged Jerome D. Misters, 28, with possessing or transporting a firearm after being convicted of a felony violent crime. He had an initial appearance in Washington County District Court on Thursday, Nov. 29. The charge stems from a reported robbery in a Newport parking lot and subsequent arrest in Cottage Grove on Nov. 21. According to the criminal complaint: Newport police were called shortly after 5 p.m. Nov.
A Cottage Grove man faces multiple criminal charges after police say he tried to flee while being apprehended for driving while intoxicated and then resisting arrest. The Cottage Grove city prosecutor charged Justin R. Aasand, 34, with four counts after a police welfare check led to Aasand fighting officers' attempt to detain him. According to police reports and an order for detention filed in Washington County District Court: Cottage Grove police were called at about 10:50 p.m. Nov.
A Cottage Grove man was sentenced for damaging a truck with his fist and a car jack during a fight in St. Paul Park. Jesse K. Hoffman, 30, will avoid a 17-month prison sentence if he completes probation conditions, including serving 180 days in jail, after he pleaded guilty to felony first-degree property damage and two misdemeanors in connection with an Aug. 20, 2011, incident. The criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court describes the incident this way: St. Paul Park police saw Hoffman running to chase a truck in the area of Seventh Avenue and Second Street.
South Washington County Schools submitted an incomplete plan to take over the Crosswinds school in Woodbury, but had faced a tight deadline and was granted more time to develop its proposal. However, District 833 now may have competition as it seeks to acquire the integration school located within its own boundaries. The East Metro Integration District School Board, which oversees Crosswinds Arts and Sciences School and Harambee Community School, voted Wednesday, Nov.
Vandalism Police were called to the 9800 block of Heath Avenue Oct. 28 for reported vandalism. There was graffiti on a fence. Damage was estimated at $25. Emergency crews were called to Kingston Park on Jensen Avenue Oct. 31 for a reported fire. Some playground equipment was on fire. No suspects. A Cottage Grove man reported Nov. 13 that someone spray-painted obscene drawings on his vehicle while it was parked in the 8800 block of Ironwood Avenue. Damage was estimated at $200.
More than a dozen people from four cities want to serve on the South Washington County School Board. District 833 received applications from 14 people who want to fill a one-year term created by the upcoming resignation of board Chairwoman Leslee Boyd. The application period ended Monday. The applicants include Cottage Grove residents Sue Berthiaume, Rick Goecke, Mike Heavner, Steve Lagoon, William Thurmes and Stacey Vogele; Woodbury residents Dick Hanson, Jonathan Hunt, Marisa Novak, Daryl Parks, Joseph Ryan and Lisa Vaske; Newport resident Katie McElwee-Stevens; and Katie Schwartz of St.
Theft Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported Oct. 26 that someone stole a laser level valued at $80. Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a shoplifting incident Oct. 27. Jordan E. Waleski, 21, of Hastings, was arrested and booked into Washington County jail on suspicion of theft involving two bench clamp systems valued at $80. A 57-year-old Hastings man was cited for aiding and abetting theft. Cub Foods, 8690 East Point Douglas Road, reported a shoplifting incident Oct. 27.
State Rep. Denny McNamara rolled to re-election but saw his Republican Party lose control of the Minnesota House. McNamara, R-Hastings, beat DFLer Joanna Bayers 57-42 percent in the House District 54B race last week. McNamara had 12,498 votes to Bayers' 9,228. McNamara has served five terms in the Minnesota House. With Republicans in control of that chamber for the past two years, McNamara has served as chairman of a House environment and natural resources committee.