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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Any uncertainty about whether South Washington County Schools will put a referendum to voters in November 2017 was laid to rest early.
School District 833 Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion families who long have been eager for their own space with plenty of breathing room for the popular program now are worried what their children might inhale at their next school. Air pollution and traffic volumes are among safety concerns Nuevas Fronteras parents have about a plan by BNSF Railway to build a 6,000-vehicle parking lot in St. Paul Park. The site is south of the Oltman Middle School building that District 833 intends to renovate for Nuevas Fronteras and other uses.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed during his State of the State speech Monday night, Jan. 23, getting up and walking away a few minutes later. It was not immediately clear what happened to him. When he got up, he waved and walked to a back room. The governor was more than 40 minutes into his annual speech in front of a joint meeting of the House and Senate when he simply fell to the floor. in front a packed state House chamber.
South Washington County Schools is investigating after a student gained access to electronic personnel data. The district notified all of its roughly 3,250 employees last week that it discovered the data breach and was investigating with the help of law enforcement and a computer forensic firm. While it does not appear files were compromised beyond the student’s unauthorized access, the notice was sent to all employees “out of an abundance of caution,” communications director Barb Brown said.
A Cottage Grove man faces felony charges for allegedly joining with three male accomplices in the rape of a 14-year-old girl. Criminal charges filed in Washington County District Court allege Parker Cole Running-Jarvis, 18, and three 17-year-old males took turns forcing the girl into sex at a Woodbury townhome last August. Running-Jarvis was arrested Jan. 10 and booked at the Washington County jail. Bail was set at $200,000 with conditions or $500,000 without conditions. His attorney could not be reached for comment.
Bail was set at $1 million Wednesday for a Cottage Grove man who authorities linked to a complex Dark Web plot to pay for his wife’s murder before he ultimately poisoned and shot her himself and staged her death as a suicide. Stephen Carl Allwine, 43, was charged with second-degree intentional murder in the Nov. 13, 2016, death of his wife, Amy Louise Allwine, 43, at their 110th Street home. He appeared Wednesday for a brief first appearance in Washington County District Court. He is being held in Washington County jail.
The husband of a Cottage Grove woman found dead in her home two months ago has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her. Police on Tuesday arrested Stephen Carl Allwine, 42, and booked him at the Washington County jail on probable cause second-degree murder in connection with 43-year-old Amy Louise Allwine’s death.
South Washington County Schools has delayed school start times by two hours Tuesday morning. Weather and road conditions prompted the delayed start. Many districts in the region delayed their start or closed altogether in response to icy road conditions. District 833 schools will begin two hours after their regulardly scheduled start times. Buses will pick up students two hours later than usual. There is no district pre-K and half-day kindergarten. Kids Club sites will open at 8:30 a.m.
Local lawmakers say they would support efforts to allow voters to physically cast their ballot more than a week ahead of Election Day. State law allows counties to give voters the option of casting an absentee ballot in person within seven days of the election. Legislators said the process was popular in the 2016 election in Washington County and the county saved taxpayer money by not having to process as many absentee ballots the traditional way. They agreed it should be expanded, suggesting a 14-day window.
School District 833 The new Oltman Middle School will be larger than originally proposed but the project still is within its budget, according to District 833 administrators. As administrators met with teachers and staff recently to discuss the school, they altered some of the design and expanded the building from 188,000 square feet to 192,000 square feet. That's the result of "design creep," said interim facilities director Mike Vogel, describing a common practice where a building size grows as users help fine-tune the design prior to construction.