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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Seven children were aboard a bus that crashed shortly before 7:30 a.m. this morning in Cottage Grove. One child and the bus driver were transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with minor injuries.. This story is developing.
ST. PAUL PARK — A Roseville man became the fifth recent pedestrian fatality in the East Metro after he was struck by two separate vehicles in St. Paul Park
SCHOOL DISTRICT 833 — Four state lawmakers received homework from District 833 on the eve of the 2019 legislative session. During a workshop at its Jan. 3 school board meeting, the district presented its legislative platform to Sens. Karla Bigham and Susan Kent and Reps. Anne Claflin and Tony Jurgens. Among changes they'd like to see enacted by lawmakers: the go-ahead to renew levies without holding an election, more state funding for special education and the English learners program, and more discretion in state testing of high school students.
Cottage Grove police believe an adult male and three juvenile males entered unlocked vehicles and used garage door openers to burglarize two homes in the northwest portion of Cottage Grove near 65th Street South. In a statement, police said they responded to a 911 call from a vigilant homeowner early Jan. 4. Cottage Grove and Woodbury police officers arrested the four after a traffic stop. They were taken into custody without incident. The four were booked under probable cause first-degree burglary and theft from motor vehicle.
COTTAGE GROVE -- Officials, staff, and residents celebrated the completed expansion of Norris Square at a Jan. 8 dedication ceremony. The $65 million project tripled the size of the senior living community. The new campus features a 68-unit independent living building and a 75-unit skilled nurse and memory care facility as well as a three-story independent living building.
After a decade as an orange eyesore to many in Cottage Grove, the former Home Depot site found a new tenant. TJ Maxx and HomeGoods opened Oct. 28. The 40,000-square-foot complex is the off-price retailers first dual site in Minnesota, and the first occupancy of the building since the Home Depot closed in 2008. Planet Fitness opened an 18,000-square-foot facility in November at the opposite end of the site.
A bitter battle between state Legislature veterans ended in DFLer Karla Bigham besting Denny McNamara, R-Hastings. The Feb 12. special election was called after allegations of sexual misconduct against DFLer Dan Schoen, also a Cottage Grove police officer, led him to resign in November 2017.
After months of controversy, School District 833 removed the mosaic Indian mascot from the east part of the main hallway near the school gym. The artwork was installed at Park in 1965. It remained through 1994, even though Park changed the name of its sports teams from the Indians to the Wolfpack. The renaming was part of a national cultural reckoning over the the use of Native American imagery in commercial logos or mascots.
Students at East Ridge, Park and Woodbury high schools walked out of classes March 14 to protest gun violence in the wake of the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The date was chosen because it was the one-month anniversary of the shooting, in which 17 people were shot to death by a former student. Student activists carried signs calling for stricter gun laws and observed 17 minutes of silence, one each for the victims.
Residents from Cottage Grove, Woodbury and Oakdale volunteered for Crew 52, an army of 10,000 goodwill ambassadors who welcomed visitors to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. Bundled up in their official blue winter outerwear, they were stationed at airports, skyways and outdoor venues, including Super Bowl Live, the free concert series on the Nicollet Mall. For their assignments, crew members underwent safety training so they could help a lost child or spot sex trafficking or a robbery in progress.