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 story of Tennis Sanitation — which grew from a one-man operation in 1966 to a fleet of over 70 trucks — could fill the side of a building. Willie Tennis thought so. He and brother Greg co-own the refuse and recycling company in St. Paul Park. It began with a single truck, driven by their father, John, while he worked a full-time job at a meatpacking plant.
A powerful thunderstorm uprooted trees and cut power to hundreds of homes in Cottage Grove early Wednesday morning. There were no reported injuries, Cottage Grove police Capt. Pete Koerner said. National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Luna said that winds may have reached as high as 60 miles per hour in isolated areas. "Typically with these kinds of isolated thunderstorms, it's a relatively small area that sees the strongest wind," he said. No thunderstorms are predicted for the next 24 hours, he said.
Joe "Joey Flip" Filipovich conducted a harmonica class July 20 at the annual Ice Cream Social at the Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park. Video by William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia
The Englishman hoisted himself out his wheelchair and onto a high swivel chair next to the karaoke machine. He tested the volume on his mic. "Hi, I'm Simon," he told the audience at Broadway Bar and Grill in St. Paul Park. "I arrived in the country about two hours ago." With that, Simon Kindleysides, 33, made his American concert debut June 29. He overcame nerves and a wonky sound system to deliver a set that included a heartfelt version of "Imagine" by John Lennon.
For Lenore Weir, directing "Legally Blonde: The Musical" for Woodbury Community Theatre is a bit like going shopping with its irrepressible heroine, Elle Woods. It's not always easy to keep with such a force of nature. "The way it's written, it never, ever stops," said Weir, who lives in Cottage Grove. "It's not like an old-fashioned show where you have end-of-scene plus a blackout and you change the set. That's not how it works."
The public is invited to attend two local open houses to learn more about the proposed Red Rock bus rapid transit line. The open houses are July 18 at Park Grove Library, 7900 Hemingway Ave. S, Cottage Grove, and July 19 at St. Paul Park City Hall, 600 Portland Ave, St Paul Park. Both run 5 to 7 p.m. Washington County transit planners will be on hand to answer questions.
NEWPORT — The 64th annual Booya celebration brought hundreds to Newport Fire Station #1 for an afternoon of kids games, refreshments, bingo, raffle, hot dogs and beer (Id required, of course). But the star attraction at the July 9 cookout was the titular dish, that upper midwestern version of bouillabaisse. The Newport Fire Department cooked up an ocean of booya, which had been simmering overnight. Throughout the afternoon, they ladled it out to a bucket brigade of customers who brought empty pots, plastic buckets, Tupperware, coolers and other containers.
When Tommy Anderson died in his sleep in February 2016, his brother, comedian Louie Anderson, paid tribute to his younger sibling in interviews with various news outlets. The two had a close if sometimes problematic relationship, he said. Tommy, who struggled with bipolar disorder, was warm, generous and honest, he said.
Beginning Aug. 21, three morning buses on the 365 express route will add a stop at Newport Transit Station.
Cottage Grove firefighters made short work of a small grass fire July 3 on the median of northbound Highway 61. The fire was reported at 11:23 a.m. between the Innovation Road and Jamaica Avenue exits. There were no reported injuries. Cottage Grove Police assisted. Traffic in both directions briefly was reduced to a single lane.