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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Ava did not look happy about having to wear an oxygen mask. But the brown and white Cavalier King Charles Spaniel submitted to the fitting with a minimum of fuss. Her owner, Mary Francis, demonstrated the life saving device Feb. 15 to fire and emergency medical technicians at the temporary Cottage Grove Fire Station. The masks can be used to help resuscitate pets that are rescued from a structure fire or car wreck.
WOODBURY — Authorities have determined that two juveniles who posted alleged shooting threats last week had neither the intent nor the means to carry them out. The juveniles, who attended East Ridge High School, have been arrested and charges could be pending. They were identified after District 833 schools alerted Woodbury Police, who consulted with the FBI.
Emma Cloose, 13, got a surprise customer Feb. 3 while she was selling Girl Scout cookies near her home on Ivywood Avenue in Cottage Grove.The city snowplow operator was clearing her street when he spotted Emma in a neighbor's driveway. Laura Cloose, Emma's mom, said the driver stopped the truck, motioned her over and shouted out his order for five boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. He parked and walked back to Emma's house to get his cookies and pay for them. Emma is a member of Girl Scout Troop 55170. Submitted photo courtesy of Laura Cloose
COTTAGE GROVE — It's the title of a song, but "Fearless" is also a philosophy that its author hopes young people take to heart. Singer/songwriter Kat Perkins will discuss her signature song, and the life experience that inspired it, when she delivers the keynote address at the District 833 Health and Wellness Night Feb. 27 at Park High School.
COTTAGE GROVE — Park High School came up short in their bid to return to the winner's circle in the Minnesota State High School League One Act Play Competition. The Wolfpack performed "26 Pebbles" in the finals of the 3AA division Feb. 8 at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium on the St. Catherine University campus in St. Paul. To earn an exceptional rating, their production had to win at least two stars.
It may have begun as a rumor, but now it’s officially a controversy. Thursday, members of the District 833 American Indian Parent Committee urged the South Washington County School Board to remove an Indian head mosaic at Park High School. The artwork was installed in 1965 in the east part of the main hallway near the school gym. They spoke during the public comments portion of the board’s semi-monthly meeting.
Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered Feb. 10 along the 6600 block of Keats Avenue in Cottage Grove.
Those making a pilgrimage to the Feb. 9 opening of "Nunsense II" at the Merrill Community Arts Center should expect a hefty dose of ham - Fridays excluded, of course. If you didn't get that joke, don't fret. You don't have to be Catholic to hang out with the starstruck sisters at Mt. St. Helens School in Hoboken, N.J. These ladies christened the Black Box when Woodbury Community Theatre did the first "Nunsense" revue five years ago. "It was the first show we did in the Black Box," director Lenore Weir said.
By small steps and one giant leap, Newport Elementary School has been closing the achievement gap, that disparity in test scores between themselves and the more affluent schools in District 833. In November, an analysis by the Minneapolis Star Tribune listed Newport on their "Beating the Odds" list. The annual report identifies "high poverty" schools who did better than expected on reading, math or the combined scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA).
The annual Winter Luau at Park Place Sports Bar afforded winter-weary souls the chance to break out the grass skirts, leis and resort wear and twirl a hula hoop. The Jan. 27 party, which raised $1,200 for Stone Soup Thrift Shop, featured a 50/50 raffle, a limbo contest and crepe-paper pineapple centerpieces. The activities director on this south seas cruise was Vickie Snyder, who was decked out in her finest bird-of-paradise garlands. Snyder is board president of Basic Needs, Inc., the nonprofit who runs the thrift shop in St. Paul Park.