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 Elementary School students held their own Olympic ceremony a day before the official opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Over 600 students took part in the ceremony, which included a flag from the 1976 winter games. The flag was on loan from Cottage Grove resident Kip Sundgaard, who competed with the U.S. Ski Jump team in the 1976 Olympics. Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey held aloft an electric torch and declared the games officially open.
Matt Kowalski, of Cottage Grove, told precinct caucus-goers he would seek the Republican nomination to run against state Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, in the District 54A House race this fall.
Park High School has advanced in the Minnesota State High School League One-Act Play Competition. Park’s production of “The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It” took first place at the sub-sectionals on Jan. 28 at Eagan High School. Woodbury High School placed second.
The Red Rock Corridor Commission heard some harsh public comments Thursday on a proposed rapid bus transit system that would run through the southeastern Twin Cities. Bus rapid transit has emerged as the front-runner in an alternatives analysis update which also considered express bus, commuter rail and “no-build” options. BRT would augment three existing express bus lines by adding stops every 15 minutes along a 30-mile stretch from Hastings to St. Paul’s Union Depot. The buses would stop at Cottage Grove, Newport and Lower Afton Road before reaching downtown St.
A suburban community such as Cottage Grove doesn’t seem like the kind of place that would breed a heavy metal nightingale like Melissa Ferlaak. Her music defies easy categorization. If a rocker chick saddled up and rode with composer Richard Wagner’s warrior Valkyries into the Norse netherworld, she might look and sound something like this. A 1997 graduate of Park High School, Ferlaak has sung in a variety of experimental bands that mix heavy metal, new age, opera and classical music. The sound usually alternates molten guitar riffs with hushed, classically-inflected piano or guitar.
Park High School and its predecessor, St. Paul Park High School, will celebrate their 100th birthday this year. The centennial celebration on Oct. 10-11 will coincide with homecoming weekend at Park. First, however, organizers want to include everybody in the planning process, from residents to booster clubs to business owners. The community is invited to share ideas at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan.
On Jan. 24, Park, East Ridge and Woodbury high schools will come together for the South Washington County District One-Act Play Festival at the Loft Theater at East Ridge High School.
Stone Soup Thrift Shop is betting on proceeds from a fashion and variety show to help shore up its flagging finances.
Ron Javner wants to be cremated after he dies. That’s not so unusual. But instead of having his ashes placed in an urn, he wants to be the urn.