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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Lonnie Rogowski spent 30 years fixing cars for someone else. Now he's working for himself. Rogowski and his wife, Sue, recently opened AJacks Automotive Service, a car and truck repair shop on East Point Douglas Road. Rogowski spent three decades as an auto technician for shops such as Goodyear and Car-X, working in a number of stores around the southeast metro. He said customers were loyal to him and followed him when he changed locations. "Wherever I would go, they would follow," he said. He's hoping they do the same again.
An unrelated assault case led to the discovery that a Cottage Grove man allegedly raped a pre-teenage girl over 100 times during her life, according to police and court records. Johnathan R. Beying, 30, was charged in Washington County District Court with four felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A Cottage Grove man was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to defrauding investors in a $5 million real estate scheme. Robert W. Dufresne, 47, was ordered Tuesday in federal court to spend 97 months in prison for committing one count of mail fraud and one count of money laundering. The sentencing came after Dufresne last year admitted that over a three-year period beginning in October 2005 he defrauded investors whom he had sought to fund a house-flipping business, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
The next South Washington County Schools superintendent must be honest, trustworthy and well-schooled in education curriculum. That superintendent also should make it a priority to maintain small class sizes and build trust with the community, while being aware that the greatest challenge facing the district is teachers and the public's lack of trust in the administration and concerns about class sizes. That snapshot of the district and its superintendent needs was captured in a recent survey of district employees, residents and students, and in focus groups convened as the District 833 Scho
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said the prospect of jail time alone is not enough curb the growth of prescription drug abuse. "I can lock these guys up all day long, but it's a public health issue," Orput said. Orput and fellow east-metro prosecutors are pledging to work together with law enforcement and other service agencies to fight criminal activity. They formed the East Metro Crime Prevention Coalition and plan to improve their communication, share educational resources and crime prevention tactics and coordinate their response to emerging criminal activity.
Katie Schwartz said her unsuccessful bid for school board opened her eyes to a different possibility: running for the Legislature. Schwartz said Thursday she will seek the DFL endorsement to challenge Rep. John Kriesel this fall. Schwartz, of St.
The overnight mix of snow, sleet and rain slowed the Wednesday morning commute and left south Washington County residents and plow operators with a heavy, wet mess. The storm started with rain Tuesday afternoon and turned to a icy, slushy mix in the evening.
Karin Housley is not ready to move on after a redistricting decision put her and Sen. Katie Sieben in separate legislative districts, preventing a rematch of their 2010 race. Instead, Housley may move in so she can challenge Sieben again. A judicial panel's new legislative boundaries, released Feb. 21, kept most of south Washington County together in one Senate district but carved out St. Mary's Point, where Housley lives. "I haven't ruled it out," Housley, a Republican, said of waging a rematch against Sieben.
South Washington County is home to a number of food programs and one of them is marking a year helping local residents. Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park has served as a distribution site for a free food program for low-income elderly residents and young families since early 2011. "It's gone really well," Community UCC Pastor Oby Ballinger said. "From our initial list we've built up to anywhere between 20 and 25 people a month." About a half-dozen regular volunteers show up each month to help with the distribution, Ballinger said.
Advanced Sportswear owner Terry Thompson said there were a number of factors that led to his business's move, but one stood out. "It's just a way better location," he said. After more than 25 years in Cottage Grove, Thompson recently relocated his custom embroidery and screenprinting operation to the Newport Center shopping mall.