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 Cottage Grove resident and former Woodbury police officer working as a cop in Savage is in critical condition following a squad car crash. Savage police officer Frank Mackall suffered head injuries in a one-vehicle accident early Monday, according to the State Patrol. Mackall was responding to a call shortly after 1 a.m. when he lost control on an icy road in Scott County, in the southwest metro. His squad left the road and struck a tree. Mackall, 39, lives in Cottage Grove with his wife, Lisa, and three children, according to Savage police.
District 833 School Board members have a big assignment ahead of them as they search a new superintendent early next year, a task some think will be complicated by divisions on the board and other factors. The details of that search process are unclear and were not discussed by board members when they voted earlier this month to not renew South Washington County Schools Superintendent Mark Porter's contract, which expires June 30.
South Washington County Schools will be in the market for a new superintendent after a split School Board voted against extending Mark Porter's contract next year. The surprise move came as Porter was nearing the three-year expiration of his first contract as superintendent and it suggested that he did not fulfill expectations or qualifications of the five board members who voted him out. Porter, who had about 30 years of experience in the district, called the decision "unfortunate" and confusing, but also said in an interview that he knew in the days leading up to last Thursday's vote that
Just like its surrounding neighborhood, Liberty Ridge Elementary School is poised to grow. The District 833 elementary school in Woodbury's Stonemill Farms development likely will be expanded following the South Washington County School Board's decision Dec. 15 to support the planned acquisition of a vacant commercial building across the street from the school. The estimated $4.5 million project would include buying the commercial property and building a 12,500-square-foot addition.
Students who are not in the East Ridge High School attendance boundary will be allowed to transfer to that school so long as they have an older sibling already enrolled there. The District 833 School Board voted Dec. 15 to allow that exception to the district's policy prohibiting intra-district transfers to East Ridge, which is nearing capacity.
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.