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 local foundation is reviving a popular event to benefit area schools. The South Washington County Schools Education Foundation is bringing back its big annual fundraiser, "Taste of South Washington County Extravaganza," on Monday, April 22, in Woodbury. Food vendors from Cottage Grove and the Woodbury area will fill bellies while the foundation tries to fill its coffers. The foundation will distribute the money it raises in grants to District 833 schools for innovative education curriculum or equipment. "I've had people say to me, 'We've enjoyed this.
Nine out of 10 south Washington County students graduate high school on time, ranking the district third among its peer districts. In 2012, nearly 91 percent of students in District 833's three high schools graduated on time. That figure has hovered between 89 percent and 91 percent since 2009. Of 14 similar districts, only White Bear Lake and Lakeville posted graduation rates higher than District 833.
South Washington County Schools is expanding its list of possible uses for Crosswinds school building even as its chances of acquiring it might be slimming. A committee exploring how the district could use the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building if acquired from the East Metro Integration District has suggested four possible uses.
Police are asking for the public's help in finding the suspect involved in a recent attempted child abduction near Newport Elementary School. A fourth-grade girl who attends Newport Elementary told police she was walking home from school about 4 p.m. Friday, April 5, near Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street when a man drove by her and then parked and got out of his vehicle.
District 833's attempt to acquire the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building suffered a setback after a problematic deadline was lifted on the preferred plan for the school building. State lawmakers considering whether to turn over the Crosswinds building in Woodbury to the Perpich Center for Arts Education last week removed an April 1 deadline for approval of the bill. District 833 is in line for the building if the Perpich plan falls through. Perpich officials said the removal of the deadline helps their effort because it gives lawmakers more time to work.
District 833's attempt to acquire the Crosswinds Arts and Science School building in Woodbury got a bit more difficult after a House committee approved an alternative plan for the facility. The House Education Finance Committee on Tuesday advanced a proposal to put the Crosswinds school under the governing umbrella of the Perpich Center for Arts Education. The committee overwhelmingly approved the measure on a voice vote, sending it to a House government operations committee.
The Zellner brothers nearly retraced the Coen brothers' famed filmmaking footsteps in south Washington County. A movie crew led by Austin, Texas, filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner spent several days recently filming in local communities for an independent film whose plot plays off a scene from the 1996 Joel and Ethan Coen hit movie "Fargo." Filming for the modest-budget indie film "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" quietly brought a roughly 30-person crew to a number of local areas in recent weeks: Afton Alps ski resort; a farm field in Cottage Grove; Bailey School Forest Park and the Boyd Mote
The top five candidates for a spot on the District 833 School Board all have had some involvement with South Washington County Schools but would bring widely varying backgrounds to the position. The applicants being interviewed later this week include a professional at 3M-Cottage Grove; a security and building property official involved in Cottage Grove youth sports and Park High School athletics; a former School Board member with school staffing and volunteer experience; a college English instructor who has conducted staff training in District 833 schools; and a teacher who directs education
South Washington County Schools submitted an incomplete plan to take over the Crosswinds school in Woodbury, but had faced a tight deadline and was granted more time to develop its proposal. However, District 833 now may have competition as it seeks to acquire the integration school located within its own boundaries. The East Metro Integration District School Board, which oversees Crosswinds Arts and Sciences School and Harambee Community School, voted Wednesday, Nov.
More than a dozen people from four cities want to serve on the South Washington County School Board. District 833 received applications from 14 people who want to fill a one-year term created by the upcoming resignation of board Chairwoman Leslee Boyd. The application period ended Monday. The applicants include Cottage Grove residents Sue Berthiaume, Rick Goecke, Mike Heavner, Steve Lagoon, William Thurmes and Stacey Vogele; Woodbury residents Dick Hanson, Jonathan Hunt, Marisa Novak, Daryl Parks, Joseph Ryan and Lisa Vaske; Newport resident Katie McElwee-Stevens; and Katie Schwartz of St.