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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"People got to heal," Paul Rode said at the close of a 9/11 memorial event.
A Cottage Grove man allegedly choked and assaulted his wife, pistol-whipped her and restrained her in their home. Philip Thomas Farnsworth, 28, has been charged in Washington County District Court with four felonies in connection with the reported assault last month. He faces charges of second-degree assault with a firearm, assault by strangulation, false imprisonment and fifth-degree possession of cocaine.
State officials identified 80 homes in south Washington County with drinking water containing certain chemical levels that exceed new federal health guidelines.
Teachers would receive higher pay increases, and a contentious policy to determine how teaching spots are filled would undergo changes in a new tentative contract agreement between South Washington County Schools and its teachers. School District 833 and the United Teachers of South Washington County reached the tentative agreement through mediation July 25. School Board Chairman Ron Kath, who is on the district negotiating committee, said both sides were open-minded and willing to flex.
South Washington County Schools has a tentative contract agreement with its teachers union.
South Washington County Schools and its teachers union head to mediation next week, but a new contract is not expected to be settled before fall. District and union negotiators will meet with a state-appointed mediator Monday, July 25, but the two sides acknowledge that even if they reach agreement on a new two-year contract it cannot be finalized until school resumes.
A closing is planned this week for South Washington County Schools' purchase of land for the new Oltman Middle School. The district is scheduled to close on 57.14 acres from...
South Washington County Schools has a new contract with its bus mechanics. The union representing the five mechanics reached agreement with the district on a new two-year agreement effective July...
South Washington County Schools' new contract with HealthPartners, its group insurance provider, includes double-digit premium decreases next year. The district is renewing with HealthPartners for two years; the current five-year contract ends in December. The new contract includes a 13-percent aggregate decrease in premiums across six plans in 2017, said Denise Griffith, the district's human resources director. Monthly rates will drop from $100 to $300 next year, depending on the plan. "It's a great decrease," Griffith said.
Griffin Olson, 4, of Woodbury has a bag of chocolate chip cookies for Cottage Grove police officer Ed Weber and his fellow officers. Kim Olson said her son wanted to give the officers cookies and a thank-you card for their work. Weber and fellow Cottage Grove officer Clare Boyle led Park Grove Library's weekly preschool storytime July 12. Afterward, officers Clare Boyle and Ed Weber handed out stickers and received hugs and cards from the youngsters. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)