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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Dan Starry was sworn in May 2 as the new Washington County Sheriff. Tenth Judicial District Judge Gregory G. Galler administered the oath while Starry’s wife Jeanice held the Bible. The former chief deputy was appointed by the board of commissioners to succeed Bill Hutton, who retired last month to take a position with the state’s sheriff’s association. Starry will serve out Hutton’s term, which will expire in January 2019. His salary was set at $145,043 for 2017.
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.
More than half-century since its debut, “12 Angry Men” keeps getting summoned for jury duty. It would be perfectly reasonable to doubt the relevance of this warhorse, a somewhat hammy melodrama about a stalemate among jurors at a murder trial. Yet the play’s themes — about the folly of rushing to judgement, and the degree to which race and class can stack the deck against a defendant — has resonated with future generations.
It’s closing time. 70th Street, we’re talking to you. This month, a section of the county road between Hinton Avenue and the Highway 61 interchange will shut down to through traffic for at least two months. Crews will resurface the road and upgrade trails, traffic signals, shoulders and turning lanes. Washington County planners said they hope to finish in the fall. They’re coordinating with the cities of Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park on the project.
Twelve Park High School juniors received Junior Book Awards April 27 in recognition of their academic achievement, community service and school involvement. Each student received a book that is connected to a college or university; they often are written by a professor or alumnus. Some of the awards include scholarships if the student chooses to attend that school.
Washington County officials bid farewell to Sheriff William Hutton last week as he stepped down to take a job as executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association. The Washington County Board passed a resolution honoring Hutton, 57, at its April 25 meeting. Hutton was elected sheriff in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. "He will be remembered as a visionary leader who challenged the status quo and looked to the future with vision and insight," County Administrator Molly O'Rourke said.
It’s a tricky business, dancing with death. In “The Addams Family” musical, Park High School senior Melody Armstrong trips the light fantastic with a 7-foot-tall puppet that was created in the image of the grim reaper. The song, a rousing ensemble number titled “Just Around the Corner,” gleefully enumerates the various ways a person could meet their untimely end.
Now, this is drama. During a routine Tuesday morning training session, Park English teacher and theater advisor Emily Ball opened an envelope she’d found in her mailbox..
Two Cottage Grove musicians have struck a chord selling what might be called canned music. Blues guitarist Joe Filipovich and trumpet player Mike Jenson are neighbors whose curiosity led to the founding of Hayburner Guitars, a company that manufactures electric six strings made from vintage motor oil cans. They’ve sold six Hayburners so far, Filipovich said. They’ve also built a bass guitar using the same design. Prices start at $499.
A new principal will take the reins at Oltman Middle School for the 2016-17 school year. Joni Hagebock will succeed Becky Schroeder, who is resigning to pursue other interests. Hagebock is principal at Somerset Heights Elementary in West St. Paul School District 197, a position she has held since 2014. Before that, she served seven years as principal for Friendly Hills Middle School in the same district.