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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As chair of the Newport Heritage Preservation Commission, Linda Michie arguably did more than just about anyone to protect and promote the city’s history. But she had to retire from the commission in order to receive one of its highest honors. Michie had been named as the recipient of the 2017 Betty Haugen award for her community service and efforts at saving the city’s past.
The latest pop sensations may be the Hawaiin Girls, a team of 5th graders at Hillside Elementary School. They wrote their song "Beach Party" during a weeklong workshop with songwriter and recording artist Jeff Dayton. The Nashville based singer taught the 5th grade class how a song is written, developed, rehearsed and performed. Student teams picked a song title, brainstormed lyrics and fashioned them into verses and choruses and rehearsed them
It took more than the Nazi war machine to create Auschwitz. The infamous death camp was eight years in the making, Holocaust survivor Fred Amram told students at Park High School. The author and professor emeritus at Minnesota State University spoke Friday to students in the Air Force Junior ROTC. He was invited by his friend Steve Campos, a retired chief master sergeant with the Minnesota Air National Guard.
He may have lived in Cottage Grove, but Jim Domeier devoted much of his time to helping his neighbors in St. Paul Park. Domeier served as director for the annual Heritage Days and the royalty program in St. Paul Park, until retiring after the 2013 festival. But he came out of retirement the next year when he didn't see anyone else stepping in to continue the festival. "Jim was a very generous and giving man," said Gretchen Domeier, his wife of 28 years. "It gave him joy to bring happiness to others."
John Tennis turned trash into treasure. In 1966, he and his brother Wayne founded Tennis Brothers Sanitation in St. Paul Park. His wife Joan answered the phones and did the books. He later drove a truck as the company's only trash collector. Meanwhile, he worked a full-time job in the stockyards in South St. Paul. "He was just a hard-working guy," his son Willie said. John Tennis died May 7. He was 83.
It didn't take long for the Films in 5 Festival to attract talent beyond its Cottage Grove borders. Last year's sophomore event drew at least two filmmakers from Minneapolis. They included John Akre, who took second place for his film "Minneapolis Beneath the Asphalt Part 1: The City Changes."
Pete Morey put the needs of others before his own, his wife of 12 years said.
Dan Starry was sworn in May 2 as the new Washington County Sheriff. Tenth Judicial District Judge Gregory G. Galler administered the oath while Starry’s wife Jeanice held the Bible. The former chief deputy was appointed by the board of commissioners to succeed Bill Hutton, who retired last month to take a position with the state’s sheriff’s association. Starry will serve out Hutton’s term, which will expire in January 2019. His salary was set at $145,043 for 2017.
He may have lived in Cottage Grove, but Jim Domeier devoted much of his time to helping his neighbors in St. Paul Park. Domeier served as director for the annual Heritage Days and the royalty program in St. Paul Park, until retiring after the 2013 festival. But he came out of retirement the next year when he didn’t see anyone else stepping in to continue the festival.
More than half-century since its debut, “12 Angry Men” keeps getting summoned for jury duty. It would be perfectly reasonable to doubt the relevance of this warhorse, a somewhat hammy melodrama about a stalemate among jurors at a murder trial. Yet the play’s themes — about the folly of rushing to judgement, and the degree to which race and class can stack the deck against a defendant — has resonated with future generations.