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 2018 Strawberry Fest coronation took place at Park High School June 18. The Ambassadors are (front row, from left) Little Miss Princess: Lola Ott; Little Miss Queen: Brooklyn Edlund; (back row, from left) Junior Miss Princess: Mariella Hilger; Junior Miss Queen: Gracie Reimer; Miss Princess: Tori Simmons; Miss Queen: Sicilya Knnott. Submitted photo courtesy of Lew Vogel
Workers install artificial turf at the playground at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. The park reopened to the public June 19 after a more than a year of extensive renovations. Several grand opening events are scheduled for this weekend, including goat yoga and a 5K race. Motorists should use the new park entrance off Keats Avenue in south Cottage Grove. For more info, visit the Washington County website at www.co.washington.mn.us . Submitted photo courtesy of Washington County
The operation was a success, but the patient died. The Park High School Indian head emblem, embedded for more than half a century on the floor of the east part of the main hallway near the school gym, did not survive its removal, according to a District 833 spokesperson. In a statement, Shelley Schafer, director of communications and public relations, said that they met with four separate contractors in March. None could guarantee they could remove the head in one piece, she said.
COTTAGE GROVE - Most of the year, they're your friends, classmates or neighbors. But on June 14, about a dozen Cottage Grove residents assumed the guise of performing artists at the Strawberry Fest talent show. Guitarists, singers and yes, a ukulele player all took their turn on the main stage at Kingston Park. Park High School graduate Cassie Klinga took two firsts, winning both the Strawberry Fest Talent Show and the Minnesota Sings competitions. "I just like singing a lot," she said.
COTTAGE GROVE - The rain stayed away June 14 for the opening of the Strawberry Fest, where Austin Werner, 7 bounced skyward on one of the carnival rides. Austin came out to Kingston Park with his mother, Tracy, his aunt Janelle Hart and his 11-month old cousin, Waverly. Alas, storms pounded the region Saturday, forcing the cancellation of the 5K and 10K races and delaying the Strawberry Fest parade for at least 45 minutes. Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey said he chose to walk the parade route, rather than ride in a convertible that would eventully turn into a bathtub.
COTTAGE GROVE - For Harold Scott Jr., middle school was a crossroads where you could focus on your studies — easier said than done — or go off the rails. Scott, of Cottage Grove, has made it his life's work to serve as a lighthouse keeper for subsequent generations of middle school kids. He reports to work next month as the new principal of Cottage Grove Middle School.
Ralph Marquardt of Cottage Grove owns bragging rights as the owner of a 1963 Ford Falcon Cayuse. If the name of that car doesn't ring a bell, that's probably because there were only two or three made. As Marquardt tells it, his Cayuse is a "concept car" or prototype that Ford designed but never mass-produced. "What attracted me to the car was the fact that it was so rare and so little known," Marquardt said. "I had no idea what it was until my friend came over with the (Hot Rod) magazine article with the Cayuse picture in it."
Kindergarten boys stage a tug of war with their female classmates May 22, 2018, during ThunderDASH, an all day fitness event at Grey Cloud Elementary.
LAS VEGAS - Last week, Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey and City Council member Steve Dennis attended the International Council of Shopping Centers annual RECon conference in Las Vegas. They were there to promote the city of Cottage Grove for economic development purposes. The event — the largest of its kind — hosts over 37,000 attendees and contains hundreds of exhibitors across the spectrum of finance, developers, franchise operations, architects and brick and mortar investors. Dennis said that one of their goals is to fill their empty retail spaces.
SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY — Our nation's war dead were honored during Memorial Day ceremonies at cemeteries, parks and public squares throughout south Washington County. The VFW Post 8752 and American Legion Post 98 hosted a tour of Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park and Grey Cloud Island cemetaries. A wreath was tossed into the Mississippi River along Grey Cloud Island Drive in Cottage Grove in honor of men and women in the U.S. Military who died at sea.