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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Any possible criminal charges stemming from Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek's Monday arrest for alleged domestic assault will be handled by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office. Pulkrabek, 41, was arrested by Woodbury police at 4:45 p.m. at 10993 Oak Grove Circle Apt. A. He was booked into the Washington County Jail on suspicion of felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor fifth-degree domestic assault. A jail spokesperson said Pulkrabek posted $25,000 bail at 8 p.m. Monday. Pulkrabek could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.
The "60 Minutes" television news magazine spent time at Woodbury High School this week interviewing staff and students about the novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The informal visit from a "60 Minutes" staffer came amid a literary debate about a publisher's plan to remove offensive language in a new edition of the Mark Twain classic. The Alabama publisher's recent decision - and an ensuing national discussion - prompted Woodbury High School English teacher Karen Morrill to write an opinion piece on the topic.
Washington County commissioners had a request for local lawmakers: give us some relief. Commissioners and county officials told area legislators Tuesday that the single-most important state issue affecting county government is the burden of program requirements that are not backed by state dollars. They asked that the Minnesota Legislature roll back some of the so-called "unfunded mandates" and pointed to specific examples. The mandate issue was among several key legislative priorities discussed at a meeting of county and state officials in Oakdale. The request is not new.
Cottage Grove police on Wednesday were conducting a death investigation after a woman was found dead at a local home and a man was transported by ambulance from the residence. The woman was found dead inside the home Wednesday afternoon after two emergency calls to the address in the 7600 block of Hinton Avenue. The home is in the Hinton Heights development. Police first were sent to the home at 12:26 p.m. to check the welfare of a 52-year-old man. The man's employer had called police after he did not show up for work, said Cottage Grove police Capt. Greg Rinzel.
Paul Augustine, a co-founder of the Afton Alps ski area, died Saturday. He was 79. Augustine had been living at the Afton Care Center for about eight years. He suffered from Parkinson's disease and dementia, said Joe Yasis, Afton Alps manager. Augustine founded Afton Alps Recreation Area in 1963 with his brother, Bob, and Tom Furlong. He was the principal owner and developer of Afton Alps, Mount Kato and Titus Mountain ski areas. Augustine was born and raised in the town of Hastings.
Two men apprehended in Cottage Grove last week face charges in connection with an axe assault and robbery. Cottage Grove police on Dec. 21 located two men in a truck that had been reported stolen following a home invasion in Inver Grove Heights. According to a Dakota County criminal complaint filed Monday, the men -- Jacob R. Anhalt, 22, and Randy A. Knight, 31, both of Inver Grove Heights -- allegedly were among three men who made their way into a home and stole tools, valuables and a truck. A man who was at home during the robbery said he was assaulted with a battle axe during the Dec.
A man living in a Cottage Grove group home for people with memory loss allegedly forced a fellow resident with advanced dementia to have sex with him. Washington County prosecutors last week charged 68-year-old Alfred R. Knight with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the alleged Dec. 13 incident.
Recent experience and new state laws helped make for a mostly smooth governor's race recount in Washington County. Election workers last week finished hand counting the county's 103,725 ballots, re-tallying votes for Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer. The process took two and a half days, said Kevin Corbid, director of property records and taxpayer services, the department that handles elections. There was less tension in the recount room this time than there was two years ago, when election workers had to re-tally votes in the U.S.
The man called "the referee in the sandbox" during the intense 2008 U.S.