William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009.
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Three properties on the proposed Gold Line bus-rapid transit route will be assessed to determine if they are historically significant, and therefore more sensitive to the environmental effects of the project.
Woodbury Anyone who thought that Saturday's mild weather would make the Polar Plunge less painful was in for a shock. Sure, the temperatures inched into the 40s. But that was cold comfort to the 550 jumpers who hurled themselves into the frigid waters of Carver Lake to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota. The deceptively warm air may have left many unprepared for the heart-stopping jolt of a full-body arctic baptism.
The possible presence of a threatened species means that a small part of the Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park capital improvement project must take place on bat time. Starting next month, crews from S & A Land Clearing will begin cutting down select trees in the county park. Washington County commissioners approved a contract for the work Feb. 7. The trees must be removed before new road and trail construction — part of a major renovation that will close the park for a year — can commence.
Spanish. Chinese. French. None of these second language courses truly spoke to Park High School senior Anna Wetteland. “When I took Spanish and Chinese, it never stuck with me,” she said. Instead, she enrolled as a freshman in the American Sign Language class taught by Park staff Barb Barrett and Sondra Koster. “It just kind of made sense,” Wetteland, 17, said. “I knew what I wanted to do in the future.”
Park High School added to its winning streak at the State One Act Play Festival Feb. 9.
A new top dog will occupy the administrator's office at the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission.
When she first started at the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, Fran Hemmesch worked at a typewriter that sat on a folding table. Within close reach was a container of white correction fluid. It was 1985.
Anyone can go swimming when it's 80 degrees and sunny. But it takes guts to jump into a freezing Minnesota lake in February.
Cottage Grove Park High School took the top spot Feb. 1 in the section finals of the Minnesota State High School League One Act Play Competition. Park's winning performance of "Come Back" earned the school a spot in the state tournament Feb. 9 at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Park actors will compete against seven other finalists. Park hosted the 3AA Finals, which included one act plays by Bloomington Jefferson, Eagan, East Ridge, Simley and Woodbury high schools.
Scoring that perfect prom dress could mean feeding a kid for a month. But it’s important to know where to shop. To feed underserved students in south Washington County Schools, two community groups have been busy collecting donated prom, bridesmaids and party dresses. The initiative, Fairytale Fashion for Food, launches Feb. 12. with a fashion show and dress sale at Woodbury High School.