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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The community turned out to help support Stone Soup Thrift Shop during its annual fashion show fundraiser at the John P. Furber Farm. Volunteers modeled fashions that were drawn from the shop's inventory, including gowns, T-shirts and capri pants. Vickie Snyder, executive director of the Basic Needs, Inc. nonprofit that runs Stone Soup, was among the models strutting on the runway at the Aug. 10 event. So was her granddaughter, Lydia Thomson, 12, who came from Rochester to participate in the show. "We've had a better turnout than we thought we would," Snyder said.
The Washington County 2018 budget could include the biggest property tax hike in nearly 10 years. A proposed $102.7 million levy would add about $35 to the annual property tax bill for the owner a home assessed at $257,000 — the median value in the county. The 6.9 percent levy increase would be the largest since 2008. Deputy Administrator Kevin Corbid made the levy request at an Aug. 8 budget workshop.
Sun was the only thing missing from the Aug. 13 Pioneer Day in Newport. More than a century old, the annual civic party drew hundreds to Heritage Memorial Park, which had sprouted striped tents, food booths, inflatables, a merry go round and bushels of sweet corn.
Police and fire and rescue personnel responded to a one-car crash August 15 along Manning Avenue in Cottage Grove. There were no reported injuries, Cottage Grove Fire Chief Rick Redienus said the two passengers were wearing seatbelts.
Members of the Cottage Grove Lions Club pitched in July 29 to help build the Woodridge Park Inclusive Playground. Alene Colvin, a member of the inclusive playground task force, said they built a climbing wall and painted a tunnel. The playground will include a zip line, swings, a sensory garden and oversize musical instruments. Children who become stressed by the crowds or noise, such as those with autism, can take a break from the bustle by ducking inside a cozy dome, a plastic sphere that functions as a sort of tortoise shell.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, (left) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker helped Evie Kozlowski, 7, cut the ribbon at a ceremony Aug. 2 for the St. Croix Crossing. Evie's father is Stillwater mayor Ted Zuzlowski. The $624 million bridge spans nearly a mile and connects St.Joseph in Wisconsin with Oak Park Heights in Minnesota. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia
"A little to the left, that's the spot, ahhh." That may be what Layla the calf was thinking as Caitlyn Wagner, 16, hosed her down opening day at the Washington County Fair. Layla belongs to Megan Olson, 14. The 146th annual fair features demonstrations and exhibitions by more than 500 members of Washington County 4-H clubs as well as rides, the Swinetime Pig Races and live music. It runs through August 6. For a complete list of Washington County Fair activities, visit www.washingtoncountyfair.org .
When Thor is angry, the Earth trembles. The nine Norse realms are roiled by the theft of Thor’s hammer in “Nordrsaga,” this year’s student showcase at Circus Juventas in St. Paul.
The story of Tennis Sanitation — which grew from a one-man operation in 1966 to a fleet of over 70 trucks — could fill the side of a building. Willie Tennis thought so. He and brother Greg co-own the refuse and recycling company in St. Paul Park. It began with a single truck, driven by their father, John, while he worked a full-time job at a meatpacking plant.
A powerful thunderstorm uprooted trees and cut power to hundreds of homes in Cottage Grove early Wednesday morning. There were no reported injuries, Cottage Grove police Capt. Pete Koerner said. National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Luna said that winds may have reached as high as 60 miles per hour in isolated areas. "Typically with these kinds of isolated thunderstorms, it's a relatively small area that sees the strongest wind," he said. No thunderstorms are predicted for the next 24 hours, he said.