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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Provisional ballots are a common-sense solution In 2015, an election regarding a $96 million building bond in South Washington County Schools passed by only five ballots. Voters on all sides of the issues must be confident in the performance of election officials and the validity of every election, no matter how close. Under current election law, there are well-known, substantial and correctable defects that undermine the validity of close elections in our state. Provisional ballots provides a major step forward in correcting these defects.
South Washington County Schools Superintendent Keith Jacobus has appointed Linda Skrien as the interim human resources director. Skrien will serve in the position until a new director is selected and able to begin work in the position. Coming from the Owatonna School District, Skrien served for 15 years as the human resources director and for 15 years as the director of food and nutrition services.
South Washington County Schools will make a pitch to obtain the Crosswinds school building in Woodbury.
Multiple fire departments and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources were needed Saturday to extinguish a grass fire that forced the temporary closure of a portion of Radio Drive in Woodbury. Fire crews were called about 1:15 p.m. to a report of a grass fire in the back of a home in the 4700 block of Radio Drive, south of Bielenberg Sports Center. The fire was spreading out of control and into a nearby cornfield, according to the Woodbury Public Safety Department.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput recently announced the 2017 winners of an annual "Pledge to Graduate" program designed to reward students who commit to graduate from high school. Jeff Maiers of Woodbury, a Lake Middle School student, won an iPad from Sam's Club, a contest sponsor. A second program award winner was Shayla Stewart of Oakdale, who attends North High School. She won an ID necklace from Jostens.
Valley Crossing Elementary School sought police help March 22 with a student who was threatening others. Police were called after 2 p.m. to the school, 9900 Park Crossing, on a report that a student was actively threatening others with scissors and a wrench. Officers entered the school with what looks like a firearm but is a tool that propels bean bags, Woodbury police spokeswoman Michelle Okada said. The tool was not used. The student was calm by the time officers arrived. There were no reported injuries.
Cottage Grove Police said a Woodbury man avoided serious injuries when he drove a vehicle over an embankment and into a drainage pond near Wal-Mart in Cottage Grove. The incident happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday. According to police, the 74-year-old man was test-driving a vehicle when he drove through a fence in the store parking lot. The vehicle went over the roughly 8-foot embankment, landing in the pond along East Point Douglas Road. Bystanders helped pull the man from the vehicle, and police then assisted the bystanders out of the water.
South Washington County Schools is paying $75,000 to settle a racial discrimination case.
South Washington County Schools reached a settlement with a former employee who had sued an administrator and the district for racial discrimination.
Viewpoint There has been a lot of talk recently about the media and its truthfulness. Media usually comes to us in three forms: objective, subjective and sports. For this conversation I will leave out sports because that is a different reporting angle altogether. Media also comes to us in different ways. We have the print media and electronic media. Electronic media comes to us in the form of television, radio and the internet.