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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A divided South Washington County School Board on Thursday voted against extending Superintendent Mark Porter's contract. The sudden move came toward the close of a meeting Thursday when board members were expected to take up the approval of a contract renewal for Porter. Those who voted to end his tenure when his current term ends in June said little publicly about the move.
A Cottage Grove man is accused of trashing a home and torturing a cat that belonged to an Oakdale woman who had provided him a place to stay. Scott A. Eberspacher, 34, faces two felony charges in Washington County District Court in connection with an October incident and the family's subsequent discovery of their dead cat in the garage. According to the criminal complaint: The woman had allowed Eberspacher to move in temporarily because he needed a place to stay. When she returned home in the evening of Oct.
A declining presence of perfluorochemicals has been measured in citizens of Cottage Grove and other east-metro communities as officials work to reduce the exposure of drinking water to the manufactured chemicals, a state project has shown. The Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday that a biomonitoring pilot project showed a decline in PFC blood levels in a sampling of citizens whose communities decades ago were polluted with 3M waste that contained PFCs. The Health Department project tested the blood of 164 people from Cottage Grove, Lake Elmo and Oakdale and compared the PFCs levels t
Amber L. Reyes won thousands of dollars gambling, all the while unlawfully cashing in on the welfare system. The Cottage Grove woman had unusual luck at the casino, netting nearly $300,000 in winnings over a three year period. During that time, she also was collecting food support, medical assistance and child care benefits that exceeded $20,000, according to court records. Reyes' lucky streak ended early last year when Washington County Community Services notified authorities of a fraud case.
Three women face felony charges after they allegedly stole more than 80 pairs of jeans and other clothing from the Cottage Grove Kohl's store. The women - two from Minneapolis, one from St. Paul - and two juvenile females stuffed dozens of pairs of jeans into shopping bags and loaded them into a car before being stopped by police, according to criminal complaints filed in Washington County District Court. Washington County prosecutors filed one count of aiding and abetting-theft against each of the three adult suspects: Caswana K. Miles, 23, of St. Paul, and Antenese S.
A 3-week-old infant died Tuesday in Cottage Grove when his sleeping mother suffocated him, according to police and an initial autopsy report. The newborn's death, while initially ruled accidental, is being investigated by police. The case will be reviewed by the Washington County Attorney's Office for possible criminal charges. A parent of the boy called emergency dispatch to report that the infant was not breathing, according to Cottage Grove police. Emergency crews were sent at 10:38 a.m.
A SWAT team helped remove an alleged kidnapping suspect and victim early Saturday from a Newport motel that was the site of a police standoff last month. Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery said in a statement Saturday that his department was asked by South St. Paul police Friday evening to help locate a kidnapping suspect and victim. They were found at the Sure Lock Motel, 1280 Hastings Ave. Police called the Washington County Special Response Team to assist at 1:15 a.m. Saturday. SWAT crews entered a room or residence at 2:52 a.m.
Police said a St. Paul Park boy likely saved his teenage friend's life when he pulled him from the Mississippi River Thursday after the teen fell off a cliff. Douglas Gjerdahl, 16, and Jacob Seaton, 10, were walking in a wooded area of Riverside Park in St. Paul Park, overlooking the river, when Gjerdahl fell off a 20- to 30-foot cliff, St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said. Gjerdahl landed in the river, hitting his head. He was unresponsive when Seaton pulled the teen from the water, "more than likely saving his life," Monahan said. Emergency crews from St.
East Ridge High School's first senior class will hear from Minnesota's senior U.S. senator. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is scheduled to speak at East Ridge's commencement ceremony Saturday, school officials announced late Friday. East Ridge is in its second year, but this is the school's first graduating class. The commencement ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday in the school gymnasium at 4200 Pioneer Drive. Klobuchar, a Democrat, is in her fifth year in the Senate. She is up for re-election next year.
Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek allegedly choked his girlfriend and pulled her down stairs by her hair during a domestic incident Monday at his Woodbury residence, according to a police incident report. Woodbury police arrested Pulkrabek, 41, at 4:45 p.m. at 10993 Oak Grove Circle Apt. A, on suspicion of felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor fifth-degree domestic assault. According to police: A woman reported that she was in an argument with her boyfriend, identified as Pulkrabek, when he threw her onto his bed by her hair.