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 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.
Bill Bryan concluded that simple business economics doomed his Blink Bonnie restaurant in Cottage Grove. "The biggest thing is lack of sales; they were just going down," Bryan said of his decision to close the sandwich shop early this month. He cited poor sales, a rough economy and a disappointing location. Sluggish sales during the recent holiday season finally convinced him he couldn't continue. "I didn't think they were going to take a drop as much as they did," Bryan said.
South Washington County School Board members are set to begin the search for a new superintendent. The District 833 School Board is scheduled to discuss the search process at its workshop meeting Thursday, Jan. 12. It will be the board's first public discussion of the schools chief position since it voted 5-2 in December to not extend Superintendent Mark Porter's contract. Porter's three-year contract expires June 30. Board Chairwoman Leslee Boyd said she hopes board members settle on whether they will use a search firm.
Three south Washington County men are accused of stealing power carts from a Cottage Grove golf course that were later sold on Craigslist. Washington County prosecutors recently charged Brett M. Wetterling and Nickolas C. Lauber, both of Newport, and Cottage Grove resident Travis R. Holm each with one count of felony theft in connection with the alleged thefts from Mississippi Dunes Golf Links. A third Newport man, 22-year-old John E.