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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Republican Tony Jurgens led Democrat Don Slaten with more than half the precincts reporting in the Minnesota House District 54B race. Jurgens, of Cottage Grove, led Slaten about 55-45 percent...
Dan Schoen and Leilani Holmstadt were in a close race for Minnesota Senate District 54 as votes had yet to be reported early Wednesday. Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, led Holmstadt,...
Election 2016 Five out of six legislative candidates agreed: Health care is among the biggest issues facing Minnesota. Then they offered different prescriptions for treating rising costs and coverage problems when they met in a League of Women Voters candidate forum. Affordability is the biggest issue, said Tony Jurgens, a Cottage Grove Republican, insurance agent and candidate for House District 54B. He said many Minnesotans face large premium increases of 40 or 50 percent.
Former South Washington County Bulletin reporter Judy Spooner, who spent over 40 years sharing the community's stories through the newspaper, has died following a year of care in hospice. A...
Future school property taxes will be reduced by nearly $5 million following a bond refinance. The South Washington County School Board on Thursday approved a debt refinancing plan that will reduce payments by $4.99 million over nine years. Debt totaling roughly $33 million from a voter-approved bond that funded construction of East Ridge High School and other projects was refinanced. The refinancing will affect the school portion of property taxes paid beginning in 2018, Finance Director Dan Pyan said.
School District 833 South Washington County Schools is seeking the maximum-allowed property tax levy for 2017, but the proposal still is less than what is being collected this year. More referendum revenue due to higher enrollment coupled with increased state aid and other factors contributed to a 0.63 percent drop in the district's levy. The district proposes a total tax levy of $73.41 million in 2017. That's down from $73.88 million for 2016. The District 833 School Board approved the proposed levy Sept. 15.
School District 833 Refinanced debt could save School District 833 taxpayers more than $4 million. South Washington County Schools plans to reissue $34.13 million in debt approved in 2008 in hopes of cutting the interest rates in half. The debt currently has interest rates ranging from 4 percent to 5 percent, said Jodie Zesbaugh, a senior municipal advisor at Ehlers, a financial firm contracted by the school district. Refunding in the current market could secure rates of 2 percent to 4 percent, she said.
Maintenance workers in South Washington County Schools have a new contract. The district reached agreement with Maintenance Employees, Local 70, on a two-year agreement covering July 1, 2016, to June...
Some District 833 Nutrition Services employees pulled an overnight shift last week to ensure East Ridge High School students would have lunch despite a hot water shortage in the building.
"People got to heal," Paul Rode said at the close of a 9/11 memorial event.