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 a 19-year old Marine corporal serving in Vietnam Mark Mulvihill was wounded twice on the same day. But despite shrapnel wounds, shattered eardrums and a broken back, he insisted on completing his mission of leading a supply convoy through the jungle. Mulvihill, 66, of Cottage Grove died Jan. 20 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He served as director, team leader and counselor at the Veterans Administration’s Veterans Center in St.
Jeff Dayton has written songs for George Strait, Doug Stone and zydeco artist Chubby Carrier. This spring, the Nashville-based songwriter, singer and guitarist returns to his native Minnesota for a...
firstname.lastname@example.org For this year’s entry in a state one-act play competition, the Park High School Theater takes its audience on a grim journey. “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich was...
This year’s Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest could have a new attraction: an art exhibit. The Cottage Grove Art Commission voted to begin planning the show at its meeting Jan. 6 at City Hall. Commission Chairman Lew Vogel said the show will be modeled on similar events in Afton, Edina, Eagan and Uptown in Minneapolis. The Strawberry Fest runs June 18-21. The commission voted to meet with Strawberry Fest organizers Jan.12.
For Cassie Klinga, it’s not all about do-re-me. Her singing talent has earned her roles with the Minnesota Opera, but nothing about the 16-year-old suggests “prima donna.” If anything, the...
Lights. Camera. Wait a minute. A local film festival has been rescheduled for September due to an insufficient number of entries. The Films in 5 Festival was created by the...
The railroad village had the appeal of some dozen Christmas window displays rolled into one. At least it seemed so to Nicholas and Joshua Wassmund of Cottage Grove. The brothers, 6 and 4, intently watched as a train chugged around tracks over hills, through valleys and along rivers.
The bull’s-eye is here, in a shopping complex about an arrow’s flight from the main shopping district in Woodbury. The recently opened Minnesota NorthStar Archery Club has drawn beginners, bow-hunters and Olympic hopefuls into its orbit. Everyone is welcome: even fans of the “Hunger Games” movies who thought that Jennifer Lawrence shooting a bow and arrow looked really cool and want to try it themselves.
The buses departed over an hour ago, but a group of students have stayed after class at Grey Cloud Elementary School. The third-grade Knitting Club is spinning yards of yarn into hats for the poor and homeless. There’s a touch of Santa’s workshop to the proceedings as the kids bend to their task. “It’s a fun after-school activity and I’ve never knitted before, so this is a good opportunity for me,” said Cassidy Moen, 8, of Cottage Grove. Their teacher, Diane Masloski, said she organized similar clubs when she taught at Liberty Ridge Elementary School.
He served in the Vietnam War, but the Rev. Richard Jenkins found his true calling by helping his fellow veterans overcome the scars of that conflict. First, though, he had...