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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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.
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.
A man shot himself early Friday morning when he encountered police outside a Cottage Grove apartment building, said Cottage Grove Deputy Public Safety Director Pete Koerner. Police had been seeking Duane L. Carlson, 39, of Cottage Grove, after receiving a report he was suicidal, and found a man matching his description walking through The Woodlands apartment complex near a building at 7815 Hearthside Ave., according to a Cottage Grove Police Department press release. Woodbury police had broadcasted the description of the man and his vehicle after getting a call around 11 p.m.