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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COTTAGE GROVE — After nearly eight years of litigation, 3M Corp. has forked over money to fix municipal and private wells polluted by the company's chemicals in Cottage Grove, Newport, Woodbury and other east metro communities. Now, those communities are lining up for their share of an $850 million settlement paid by the company to settle a lawsuit filed by the state in 2010. The suit accused 3M of contaminating the drinking water supply with perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, that leached from company disposal sites.
Chances are, everyone in the audience at “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will have the same thought: Thank the Lord it’s not me up there.
COTTAGE GROVE — The April 7 KidFest brought more than 700 people to the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Every spring, the city's Parks & Recreation Department musters a children's menu of youth sports, reading and nature programs and other activities for young bodies and minds.
WASHINGTON COUNTY — Washington County Attorney Peter J. Oprut will run for another four-year term in November. "I feel like made some pretty good strides toward public safety but I have some more opportunities," he said April 9. "I really want to pursue some more programs and some more ideas. If the public will give me another opportunity to keep performing, I'd like to have it."
WOODBURY — South Washington County Schools is fortunate to have a districtwide orchestra program, Breanna Casper said. And not just because it gives her gainful employment as orchestra director at Oltman and Woodbury middle schools. Casper, who plays the violin, had no school orchestra program when she was growing up. "I did some community orchestras when I was in high school," she said.
STILLWATER — Washington County is seeking the public's help for an upcoming exhibit at the Historic Courthouse in Stillwater.
MINNEAPOLIS — The East Ridge High School robotics team lost a heartbreaker this past weekend at the North Star Regional Tournament at the University of Minnesota. The robots took over the hardwood at the 3M Arena at Mariucci March 28-31. The tournament often resembled a summer camp game like the egg carry relay, with robots scrambling to pick up cubes off the floor and place them on one of three scales.
COTTAGE GROVE — Last one in is a rotten - oh, you know. The stakes couldn't have been higher for the 200 kids who toed the starting line at the March 24 Egg Hunt at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Before, them, scattered on the green indoor turf, lay a treasure trove of pink, blue and yellow Easter eggs. So close, yet so far. The scrum of little ones was already growing restless as 9 a.m. came and went without a signal from the starter. "This is torture!" more than one suffering face seemed to say. "Get on with it!"
The Newport Transit Station will serve as a park-and-ride lot for this year's Minnesota State Fair. The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the Metropolitan Council March 13. Metro Transit, a service of the Metropolitan Council, operates expanded park-and-ride services throughout the Twin Cities to provide easier and more frequent public access to and from the fair.
Cottage Grove man threatens to school shooting A Cottage Grove man is facing charges in connection with threats to shoot up Park High School. County Attorney Pete Orput announced the charges today against Tyler Giebner, 18. Giebner is charged with Terroristic Threats, a felony.