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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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.
South Washington County School Board Chairwoman Leslee Boyd is resigning at the end of the year. Boyd announced at the board's Thursday night meeting she will step down in December after five years on the board. Boyd said she and her family are moving to Oklahoma, where her husband is taking a new job. "It has been a privilege to serve the communities of south Washington County as a member of the school board," she said, noting the honor she felt by serving as board chairwoman the past three years.
A Woodbury man was ordered to spend five years on probation for sucker-punching and injuring a man who was lured to a Cottage Grove party after his ex-girlfriend sought revenge for their breakup. Jacy C. Dow, 19, recently was sentenced in Washington County District Court after pleading guilty to felony third-degree assault in connection with an incident Nov. 5, 2001, at a home on Hinton Avenue in Cottage Grove. According to court records, a woman brought her son to the Cottage Grove Police Department that day to report that he was assaulted.
A recent training session for the District 833 School Board highlighted the challenging situations board members can face when they have to make controversial decisions or address thorny issues related to student and employee privacy. The training also exposed long-held philosophical differences among board members about how they publicly express their differences. The two-hour briefing with the district's attorney involved a discussion of the state's Open Meeting Law, which guides how elected government boards must operate their meetings.
South Washington County School Board members and district administrators hope special training will help them excel following a leadership transition. As he continues to familiarize himself with the district, new Superintendent Keith Jacobus recently brought in a facilitator to lead administrators and the seven board members through personality assessment and communication exercises.
A Cottage Grove woman despondent after she was charged with manslaughter in the death of her newborn son has died after she set herself on fire, according to police. Toni A. Medrano, 29, died of injuries she sustained after using a flammable liquid to set herself on fire last week outside a St. Paul Park home, St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said Monday. His department and the Ramsey County medical examiner are investigating her death. Emergency crews were called to a home in the 1300 block of Chicago Avenue about 4 a.m.
Police say a Cottage Grove woman suffocated her newborn baby while sleeping with him after she had been drinking. Washington County prosecutors charged Toni A. Medrano, 29, with two felony manslaughter charges in connection with the 3-week-old baby's death last year. Medrano admitted that she drank vodka and later went to sleep with her newborn positioned between her and a cushion on a couch in the family's Cottage Grove home.