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 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.
Any possible criminal charges stemming from Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek's Monday arrest for alleged domestic assault will be handled by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office. Pulkrabek, 41, was arrested by Woodbury police at 4:45 p.m. at 10993 Oak Grove Circle Apt. A. He was booked into the Washington County Jail on suspicion of felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor fifth-degree domestic assault. A jail spokesperson said Pulkrabek posted $25,000 bail at 8 p.m. Monday. Pulkrabek could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.
The "60 Minutes" television news magazine spent time at Woodbury High School this week interviewing staff and students about the novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The informal visit from a "60 Minutes" staffer came amid a literary debate about a publisher's plan to remove offensive language in a new edition of the Mark Twain classic. The Alabama publisher's recent decision - and an ensuing national discussion - prompted Woodbury High School English teacher Karen Morrill to write an opinion piece on the topic.
Washington County commissioners had a request for local lawmakers: give us some relief. Commissioners and county officials told area legislators Tuesday that the single-most important state issue affecting county government is the burden of program requirements that are not backed by state dollars. They asked that the Minnesota Legislature roll back some of the so-called "unfunded mandates" and pointed to specific examples. The mandate issue was among several key legislative priorities discussed at a meeting of county and state officials in Oakdale. The request is not new.
Cottage Grove police on Wednesday were conducting a death investigation after a woman was found dead at a local home and a man was transported by ambulance from the residence. The woman was found dead inside the home Wednesday afternoon after two emergency calls to the address in the 7600 block of Hinton Avenue. The home is in the Hinton Heights development. Police first were sent to the home at 12:26 p.m. to check the welfare of a 52-year-old man. The man's employer had called police after he did not show up for work, said Cottage Grove police Capt. Greg Rinzel.
Paul Augustine, a co-founder of the Afton Alps ski area, died Saturday. He was 79. Augustine had been living at the Afton Care Center for about eight years. He suffered from Parkinson's disease and dementia, said Joe Yasis, Afton Alps manager. Augustine founded Afton Alps Recreation Area in 1963 with his brother, Bob, and Tom Furlong. He was the principal owner and developer of Afton Alps, Mount Kato and Titus Mountain ski areas. Augustine was born and raised in the town of Hastings.
Two men apprehended in Cottage Grove last week face charges in connection with an axe assault and robbery. Cottage Grove police on Dec. 21 located two men in a truck that had been reported stolen following a home invasion in Inver Grove Heights. According to a Dakota County criminal complaint filed Monday, the men -- Jacob R. Anhalt, 22, and Randy A. Knight, 31, both of Inver Grove Heights -- allegedly were among three men who made their way into a home and stole tools, valuables and a truck. A man who was at home during the robbery said he was assaulted with a battle axe during the Dec.