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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Reporter filed first story in 1969 By Scott Wente firstname.lastname@example.org Judy Spooner had just finished a Bulletin assignment taking photographs of children at a Christmas program.
Taxpayers may soon see lawn signs and fliers seeking their support for the South Washington County Schools referendum. A group of citizens formed a committee to advocate for passage of the district’s two levy questions and bond measure on the Nov.
As local school teachers are diving into curriculum this fall, District 833 leaders are doing their own educating. A team of administrators led by Superintendent Keith Jacobus is in the midst of a campaign to inform parents and residents about the district’s fiscal situation and why the school system is asking property taxpayers for more money this fall.
South Washington County students scored higher than the state average in core subject areas this year but like the rest of Minnesota saw their reading scores plummet on a new test. School District 833 students generally tested better than the state averages in math, science and reading, according to the 2013 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment results released this week.
A woman who had been drinking admitted to police she crashed her car in a Cottage Grove ditch while texting on her cellphone. A police officer on patrol shortly before 1 a.m. Aug. 25 found a vehicle in a ditch on Innovation Road at 100th Street, near the 3M-Cottage Grove entrance. As the officer arrived on scene, 3M security was calling 911 to report the crash and that the driver was trying to drive out of the ditch. The driver, a 24-year-old from Woodbury, was in the car when police arrived. She said she was on her way home after having left the nearby Metro Transit park-and-ride lot.
South Washington County School Board members have approved the final wording of three referendum questions that voters will see in the November election, even as one board member said administrators should provide more information about how the money will be spent. The board approved the ballot measures at a meeting last Thursday, Aug. 8. District voters will decide the levy questions Nov. 5. The first question asks voters to renew two existing voter-approved property tax levies.
Voters will have no shortage of choices when they go to the pollsNov. 5 to fill five South Washington County School Board seats. A total of 18 people stepped up to run for the board in the fall election, with 14 filing for four four-year seats on the ballot and another four candidates seeking a two-year seat. The filing period closed Tuesday.
South Washington County School Board member Tracy Brunnette was the first to file to run in the Nov. 5 election. Brunnette, a Cottage Grove resident, filed July 31 for a four-year seat on the board. She was first elected to the board in 2000. Brunnette is among four members whose four-year terms end this year. The others are David Kemper, Laurie Johnson and Marsha Adou.
When the gates open at the Washington County Fair this week, organizers hope they've got entertainment for everybody entering. From stage shows to a truck pull, and from authors to animals, the fair is trying to satisfy attendees' varying interests. "Finding a lot of variety that can entertain a whole family -- that's probably one of the things that we work really hard at," said Liz Dietsche, the fair's special attractions director.
A Woodbury woman allegedly drove drunk with four children in her car and another adult who was sober. Cottage Grove police stopped a vehicle for a suspected speeding violation after 10 p.m. June 15 at 80th Street and Hinton Avenue. The driver, identified as 49-year-old Michelle M. Goetz, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. In the vehicle with her were two 16-year-olds, a 12-year-old and a 9-year-old.