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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Superintendent Keith Jacobus will lead South Washington County Schools for three more years. The District 833 School Board last week approved a new three-year contract for Jacobus that includes annual salary increases and keeps him with the district through June 2021. Jacobus is in his sixth year with the district, and the contract extension followed a glowing performance evaluation from the board earlier this fall. It also comes on the heels of the district's successful levy referendum last month.
For as long as Woodbury has been a city it's been home to women interested in organized civic engagement. As the city celebrates 50 years, the League of Women Voters Woodbury, Cottage Grove chapter is preparing to mark its own 50th anniversary next year.
Woodbury almost had its own enclosed mall and the jewel of Minnesota retail — a Dayton's department store. Those plans were made decades ago, when retail business was scarce but developers saw opportunity in the budding suburb. Eventually, the ambitious plan for an enclosed mall and Dayton's gave way to the city's first Target store and surrounding retail complex: Woodbury Village. The story behind that project is quaint by modern commercial development standards.
Two former lawmakers who served together may run against one another for a return to the Minnesota Legislature. Former state Reps. Karla Bigham, a Cottage Grove DFLer, and Denny McNamara, a Hastings Republican, are running for the Minnesota Senate following Sen. Dan Schoen's resignation, which will be effective Dec. 15. Bigham announced last week while McNamara weighed his options over the Thanksgiving holiday and got in the race Monday, Nov. 27.
South Washington County Schools has agreed to a $50,000 settlement in an employment lawsuit, but school board members said it should not be viewed as precedent. The settlement agreement last week in a lawsuit filed by a fired Woodbury High School staffer came about two months after the district agreed to a $17,500 settlement in a civil case by a student who claimed he suffered injuries in a fall at Cottage Grove Middle School. And earlier this year, the district agreed to a $75,000 settlement in a racial discrimination case brought by a former employee.
Two former lawmakers could square off in a bid to return to the Minnesota Legislature.
Warners' Stellian Appliance prides itself on the variety of appliance brands it carries and its focus on energy efficiency. But what the family-owned appliance retailer really believes sets it apart is something even simpler. "We're listening to our customers," said Rick Hartmann, manager of the Woodbury store. Hartmann said during his time in the industry, there has been a variety of changes dictated by consumer preferences. "I think the industry started to listen, and I think we have here really what the customer wants."
State Sen. Dan Schoen is being pressured to resign from the Minnesota Legislature following a published report alleging he sexually harassed multiple women in politics. The women, including a fellow DFL lawmaker, shared detailed allegations against Schoen in a MinnPost story published Wednesday night. One former DFL candidate claimed Schoen made sexual comments about her and later grabbed her buttocks. A legislator said Schoen pursued meetings with her, including at his home. Another lawmaker said she'd been warned by lobbyists about Schoen.
Voters ousted South Washington County School Board Chairwoman Katy McElwee-Stevens in Tuesday's election, but gave three other incumbents another four years in office. Incumbents Katie Schwartz of St. Paul Park, Sharon Van Leer of Woodbury and Tracy Brunnette of Cottage Grove all held onto their seats in a 10-candidate race for four seats on the board. Second-time candidate Patricia Driscoll of Cottage Grove won the final seat as the top vote-getter in the crowded field.
It's 3-for-3 for School District 833. South Washington County voters agreed to pay more for classroom spending and to chip in extra money for technology improvements over the next decade. Voters overwhelmingly approved a renewal of the district's largest operating levy in Tuesday's election, sparing the district of what administrators said would have been $15 million in spending cuts. They said the reductions would have reduced staff, increased class sizes and affected transportation and other programs.