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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WOODBURY, Minn. — A school bus assistant is accused of molesting six young students who rode a bus serving preschool and special needs children. Harvey Theodore Kneifl, 70, of Woodbury was charged Thursday, Feb. 9, with six counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly groping children over their clothes during rides to or from school. Five students are 4 years old, the sixth alleged victim is 5. Kneifl was arrested at his Woodbury home Wednesday and booked at the Washington County jail.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke has pleaded not guilty to careless driving and speeding, charges that stem from allegations he drove 110 mph on U.S. Highway 61. Lehrke was arraigned Thursday in Washington County District Court on the two misdemeanor charges and a petty misdemeanor in connection with the July 30 traffic stop.
STILLWATER, Minn. — A Cottage Grove man complicated local residents’ Christmas shopping when he allegedly nabbed packages containing headphones and other items delivered to their homes. Ronald E. Reische Jr., 33, was charged Thursday with five counts of felony mail theft after police say he admitted to stealing deliveries from five area homes on Tuesday. His tactic involved carrying a package stolen from one house to the front door of another, where he’d take a new package and leave the empty one behind. “That was his ploy to have people not suspect,” Cottage Grove police Capt.
ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. -- A tower fire forced a temporary evacuation Tuesday at Northern Tier Energy’s oil refinery in St. Paul Park. The fire was contained inside a vessel...
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- Three people were injured late Friday when a limousine was struck on U.S. Highway 61 in Cottage Grove, southeast of St. Paul. The limo was attempting to turn off the highway when it bottomed out, became stuck on the roadway and was hit by two northbound vehicles, according to the Cottage Grove Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol. The limo was trying to turn into an entrance to Zywiec’s Haunting Experience near Kingsborough Trail about 9:30 p.m.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - A bomb squad was called to Cottage Grove Monday morning after suspicious backpacks were found outside the National Guard Armory. National Guard staff called police after they arrived around 7 a.m. and found two unattended backpacks leaning against the bike rack near the armory’s main entrance, “which obviously is suspicious,” Cottage Grove police Capt.
ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. -- Dylan Thorp loved being with friends and spending time outdoors. A smiley 14-year-old, Dylan liked swimming, fishing and geocaching. He also liked to bring the...
FOLEY, Minn. -- A St. Cloud man was jailed Thursday on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting death of 31-year-old Jamie Wylie. Travis McKinney, 25, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of second-degree murder and booked into the Benton County Jail, according to a jail employee. Wylie, a former Cottage Grove resident, went missing Dec. 9 after he left a friend’s house in St. Cloud. He did not have a car. Wylie’s body was found March 25 on a roadside in Benton County, east of St. Cloud.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- A boy on a bike was injured in an apparent hit-and-run crash Tuesday in Cottage Grove. Police were called shortly before 5 p.m. to Hinton Avenue and 79th Street on a report of a teen who was struck while riding a bicycle. The boy was attempting to cross from the east side of Hinton Avenue near Crestview Elementary School to the west side of the road when a brown sport utility vehicle struck him, police said.
Months of planning will culminate in the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train’s 15th anniversary event in Cottage Grove on Saturday. The outdoor concert by Grammy winners Sheryl Crow and the a cappella group Take 6 is being billed as the largest event in the city’s history, with up to 30,000 people expected.