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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Republicans picked first-time candidate Janis Quinlan to challenge Sen. Katie Sieben and threw their support behind Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke for an open Minnesota House seat. Quinlan, a real estate agent and St. Paul Park resident, won the Senate District 54 endorsement on the fourth round of balloting at the district convention Saturday in Hastings. Quinlan beat fellow first-time candidate Chad Rediske, of Cottage Grove, who conceded to Quinlan after trailing in each of the four rounds.
A Hastings man was killed and his passenger was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Manning Avenue in rural Washington County. Emergency crews were called at 3:08 p.m. on a report of a single-car accident along Manning Avenue/Highway 95 north of 70th Street, Cottage Grove police and the State Patrol said.
A Hastings man was apprehended by Cottage Grove police Thursday afternoon following a high-speed chase that slowed rush hour traffic on Highway 61 north of the Hastings Bridge. Cottage Grove police said officers tried to make a traffic stop near 100th Street and Innovation around 4 p.m., but the driver, Dennis M. Dick, allegedly fled and led police southbound on Highway 61 toward Hastings at speeds of up to 70 mph, officers reported. The attempted traffic stop was related to a felony weapons warrant in Dakota County, police said.
South Washington County lawmakers have accepted paychecks during the state government shutdown, but handled the pay differently. Sen. Katie Sieben and Reps. Denny McNamara and John Kriesel were on a list of 138 legislators who did not elect to have their pay withheld during the shutdown, which reaches Day 19 on Tuesday.
Washington County authorities allege that a group of people burglarized and vandalized Afton State Park over the holiday weekend, ransacking an office and damaging cabins while the park was shuttered because of the state government shutdown. Sheriff Bill Hutton said since the park was closed, nobody was around to stop three buildings from being burglarized and damaged either late Sunday or early Monday.
Police said a St. Paul Park boy likely saved his teenage friend's life when he pulled him from the Mississippi River Thursday after the teen fell off a cliff. Douglas Gjerdahl, 16, and Jacob Seaton, 10, were walking in a wooded area of Riverside Park in St. Paul Park, overlooking the river, when Gjerdahl fell off a 20- to 30-foot cliff, St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said. Gjerdahl landed in the river, hitting his head. He was unresponsive when Seaton pulled the teen from the water, "more than likely saving his life," Monahan said. Emergency crews from St.
The South Washington County Telecommunications Commission no longer will air religious and other public-generated programming, opting to broadcast only professionally produced shows and content approved by commission staff. The commission airs its content on three South Washington County-TV cable channels - 14, 16 and 18. Commission staff air live government meetings and produce shows related to local communities. The programming changes do not affect broadcasts of council and commission meetings in Cottage Grove, Woodbury, St. Paul Park, Newport and Grey Cloud Island Township.
An anti-drug proposal rooted in south Washington County could soon become Minnesota law. The Minnesota Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would make synthetic marijuana illegal in Minnesota. Democratic Sen. Katie Sieben of Cottage Grove, who sponsored the proposal, said the bill containing the so-called ban on "fake pot" must be reconciled with a similar House measure but is headed toward Gov.
Area emergency crews were called to help extinguish a fire Monday afternoon on the roof of a manufacturing building at 3M Cottage Grove Center. 3M officials notified their internal emergency squad of a fire around 3 p.m., said Vickie Batroot, 3M site director. The company then called in Cottage Grove fire crews to assist in extinguishing the fire and assessing it. St. Paul Park fire officials also responded. It was not immediately known where the fire started, but it was observed in duct work on the roof.
ST. PAUL -- A controversial first step to solve Minnesota's $6.2 billion budget problem is in negotiators' hands. Minnesota senators voted to trim $830 million out of the next state budget and $125 million from the current one Thursday, a bill similar to what House members already passed. In the next step of the budget process, Republican leaders say they will invite Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's administration to negotiations with lawmakers.