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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After being spotted several times early Wednesday in Cottage Grove, a black bear was seen roaming neighborhoods west of Highway 61 again late in the evening. A homeowner near the 8000 block of Gary Boulevard called police after seeing a bear in the National Guard Armory parking lot about 10:20 p.m. Police didn't locate the bear in that area, but soon after an officer spotted the animal walking southbound on West Point Douglas Road.
Property damage A 15-year-old Cottage Grove male was referred to the Youth Service Bureau April 26 after he was riding in a vehicle and hitting mailboxes with a lacrosse stick in the 9300 block of Jergen Avenue. The teen hit mailboxes but didn't damage them. A Cottage Grove resident reported April 28 that an unknown person shattered the window of a vehicle parked at 80th Street and Grenadier Avenue, causing $850 damage. A Cottage Grove woman reported April 30 that windshields were cracked on two vehicles parked in the 8100 block of Hornell Avenue.
Police said a black bear was reported spotted multiple times early Wednesday in Cottage Grove, first in a residential neighborhood, then in a park and later along Highway 61. A resident called police about 12:30 a.m. after seeing a bear in a backyard in the 8600 block of Ivywood Avenue, near Jamaica Avenue and Hillside Trail.
A memorial service is planned for Friday for Cottage Grove native Danielle Jelinek. Jelinek, 27, went missing in December in rural Chisago County. Her body was found May 10, near a home where she was last seen. Her memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Five Oaks Church, 4416 Radio Drive, according to Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home. A visitation will be for two hours prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, or to the donor's choice. Jelinek was a 2003 Park High School graduate.
Assault Timothy J. Barr, 48, of Cottage Grove, was booked into Washington County jail on suspicion of domestic assault on April 19 after he allegedly pushed a woman during a domestic incident at a home in the 9900 block of 82nd Street. Police were called April 22 to Crestview Elementary School, 7830 80th St., on a report of an altercation between two students. An 11-year-old male student was referred to the Youth Service Bureau for fifth-degree assault after he punched another student. A Cottage Grove man was arrested for allegedly hitting another man with a gun.
When Danielle Jelinek disappeared last December, family and friends held out hope they would find her alive. As the five-month search for the Cottage Grove native dragged on, for some that hope turned to an aching wish to just find her. The search for Jelinek, 27, ended Friday when local and state law enforcement found her body in a swamp just a few hundred yards from where she was last seen, the home of her ex-boyfriend Aaron Schnagl in rural Chisago Lakes Township. "At least we get closure for the family," Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan said of the May 10 discovery, which came after a
Gay marriage split south Washington County's legislators just as it divided area residents. In historic votes to make Minnesota the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage, Cottage Grove area lawmakers split -- and both sides cited constituents' support for their decision. Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, was among 75 House members last Thursday to approve changing state law to allow gay marriage beginning Aug. 1. Republican Rep. Denny McNamara sided with most GOP colleagues and two Democrats in opposing the change. Sen.
Authorities on Friday found the body of Danielle Jelinek, ending a six-month search for the Cottage Grove native. Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan said Friday evening that local and state law enforcement located a female body in a swamp a few hundred yards from the home of Jelinek's ex-boyfriend, Aaron Schnagl. Authorities believe he was the last to see her before she disappeared Dec.
Indecent exposure Cottage Grove police cited a man after finding him having sex with a girl in a car parked in the vacant Home Depot parking lot. An officer on routine patrol about 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, found a vehicle in the parking lot in the 7100 block of East Point Douglas Road. Two people were in the backseat having sex, according to the report. An 18-year-old man was cited for indecent exposure. The 16-year-old girl was referred to the Youth Service Bureau.
As Pastor Oby Ballinger greeted the Community United Church of Christ congregation on a recent Sunday morning, a video crew recorded footage of the service from the front corner of the sanctuary. As the conspicuous camera rolled, Ballinger reminded church-goers why they were being filmed and said even though the service was a bit unusual given the camera crew's presence, he intended for their worship to be as normal as possible. The camera crew took in the recent service at the St.