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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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.
A man living in a Cottage Grove group home for people with memory loss allegedly forced a fellow resident with advanced dementia to have sex with him. Washington County prosecutors last week charged 68-year-old Alfred R. Knight with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the alleged Dec. 13 incident.
Recent experience and new state laws helped make for a mostly smooth governor's race recount in Washington County. Election workers last week finished hand counting the county's 103,725 ballots, re-tallying votes for Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer. The process took two and a half days, said Kevin Corbid, director of property records and taxpayer services, the department that handles elections. There was less tension in the recount room this time than there was two years ago, when election workers had to re-tally votes in the U.S.
The man called "the referee in the sandbox" during the intense 2008 U.S.