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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Friends, family and faculty turned out to honor the Park High School Class of 2017 at Aldrich Arena. Park Principal Ginger Garski and District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus handed out diplomas at the June 4 commencement. "The culture of Park High School is wonderful, and whenever I walk the halls I can feel the energy you bring every day," Jacobus said. "When you go to bed tonight, thank your parents or guardian and those who helped you reach this day."
Ashley Holton of Woodbury said she owes her perfect ACT score to three things: preparation, preparation and preparation. “There’s a lot of misconceptions about kids who score pretty high on these tests, that they’re naturally talented,” Holton, 17, said. “There’s actually a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes.”
Gray skies, keen wind and spitting rain matched the somber mood during a Memorial Day ceremony at Cottage Grove Cemetery May 29.
One of the most fascinating — and eternally daunting — subjects for an artist to reproduce on canvas or paper is the human figure. Artist Ernest Gillman of Cottage Grove had been sketching since he was a child. But he was not satisfied with the way the men and women in his drawings were rendered. Natural aptitude wasn't enough, he decided. It was time to improve his people skills.
It took more than the Nazi war machine to create Auschwitz. The infamous death camp was eight years in the making, Holocaust survivor Fred Amram told students at Park High School. The author and professor emeritus at Minnesota State University spoke Friday to students in the Air Force Junior ROTC. He was invited by his friend Steve Campos, a retired chief master sergeant with the Minnesota Air National Guard. "My question to you is, 'How did we get to Auschwitz?'" Amram said. "How do we get to the barbed wire, the skeletons, the starvation?'"
You don't have to be a little kid to be nervous about going to camp. Park High School junior Carley Haus admitted to some misgivings after she and classmate Elizabeth Ojo were selected to attend Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) last month. The annual camp at the YMCA St. Croix in Hudson gathers about 100 students together from southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. They spend five days out of their comfort zone undergoing physical, mental and emotional tests.
As chair of the Newport Heritage Preservation Commission, Linda Michie arguably did more than just about anyone to protect and promote the city’s history. But she had to retire from the commission in order to receive one of its highest honors. Michie had been named as the recipient of the 2017 Betty Haugen award for her community service and efforts at saving the city’s past.
The latest pop sensations may be the Hawaiin Girls, a team of 5th graders at Hillside Elementary School. They wrote their song "Beach Party" during a weeklong workshop with songwriter and recording artist Jeff Dayton. The Nashville based singer taught the 5th grade class how a song is written, developed, rehearsed and performed. Student teams picked a song title, brainstormed lyrics and fashioned them into verses and choruses and rehearsed them
It took more than the Nazi war machine to create Auschwitz. The infamous death camp was eight years in the making, Holocaust survivor Fred Amram told students at Park High School. The author and professor emeritus at Minnesota State University spoke Friday to students in the Air Force Junior ROTC. He was invited by his friend Steve Campos, a retired chief master sergeant with the Minnesota Air National Guard.
He may have lived in Cottage Grove, but Jim Domeier devoted much of his time to helping his neighbors in St. Paul Park. Domeier served as director for the annual Heritage Days and the royalty program in St. Paul Park, until retiring after the 2013 festival. But he came out of retirement the next year when he didn't see anyone else stepping in to continue the festival. "Jim was a very generous and giving man," said Gretchen Domeier, his wife of 28 years. "It gave him joy to bring happiness to others."