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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Halloween fans have a new local store to find the perfect costume - whether it's spooky, sexy or silly. Spirit Halloween Superstore recently opened its doors in Cottage Grove selling costumes, accessories and home decorations that vary from inexpensive to elaborate. It's the store's first year in town.
Former Park High School Principal Efe Agbamu continues to draw praise for being selected principal of the year even after she left the school. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar met with Agbamu in Washington, D.C. on Friday to congratulate her on being named 2011 Minnesota Secondary Principal of the Year. "There is nothing more critical than providing our children with a competitive, world-class education so they can be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow," Klobuchar said.
Park High School's homecoming activities on Friday will go forward as planned, after administrators addressed concerns that student pranks would disrupt an afternoon pep fest. Park Principal Craig Paul said he met separately Friday morning with the junior and senior classes.
A woman faces criminal charges for allegedly using a cane to hit another woman and damage a vehicle during an altercation in a Cottage Grove parking lot. Lorelei A. Sargent, 58, of West St. Paul, appeared in Washington County District Court last week on first-degree property damage and fifth-degree assault charges stemming from a June 21 incident outside the Kohls store. According to the criminal complaint: A 41-year-old woman was walking to her vehicle in the parking lot when a woman, who was later identified as Sargent, sitting in a van threw trash out the window.
A Cottage Grove man is charged with using small cameras to watch a woman and her teenage daughter in their home. Washington County prosecutors allege that Scott E. Olson, 37, mounted wireless cameras in a bathroom and other areas of a Cottage Grove house without the victims' knowledge. Olson was charged this week with interfering with the privacy of a minor, a felony, and interfering with privacy at a home, a gross misdemeanor.
Michelle Roberts experimented with an apple butter recipe for a few years, finally settling on a blend of ingredients that landed her fruit spread a blue ribbon at this year's Minnesota State Fair. Fresh off that win, Roberts now is exploring how to turn that prize-winning treat into a small business success. Roberts, a Cottage Grove resident, took first place out of 17 statewide entries in the apple butter category last month. It was her first time entering something in the canning competition, and she nearly did not compete.
A Woodbury man who allegedly punched another man at a Cottage Grove party, causing traumatic brain injuries, faces a jury trial next month for felony assault charges. Andrew J. Hagen, 21, faces charges of first-degree assault and third-degree assault in connection with the alleged incident last November. A jury trial is set to begin Oct. 17 in Washington County District Court in Stillwater. Hagen turned himself in Friday on a warrant related to the case.
Property damage A Cottage Grove resident reported Aug. 6 that someone drove a vehicle through a yard in the 8500 block of Ivywood Avenue. There was minor damage. No suspects. A Cottage Grove resident reported Aug. 11 that an object was thrown through the front window of the residence in the 8500 block of Indahl Avenue. Damage: $800. A Cottage Grove woman reported Aug. 22 that someone keyed her car while it was in the parking lot of Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road. The woman also reported that another vehicle she owns was keyed.
A Hastings man was apprehended by Cottage Grove police Thursday afternoon following a high-speed chase that slowed rush hour traffic on Highway 61 north of the Hastings Bridge. Cottage Grove police said officers tried to make a traffic stop near 100th Street and Innovation around 4 p.m., but the driver, Dennis M. Dick, allegedly fled and led police southbound on Highway 61 toward Hastings at speeds of up to 70 mph, officers reported. The attempted traffic stop was related to a felony weapons warrant in Dakota County, police said.
Locking your car doors and using an outdoor motion light may be the best bit of advice for Cottage Grove residents following a string of odd - but, in some cases, costly - acts of vandalism to homes and cars. Police in recent weeks responded to a number of unusual calls - from the property where feces and urine were left at the doorstep to the home that was smeared with Vasoline.