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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Five Members of Boy Scout Troop 237 received Eagle Scout awards at the Jan. 16 Cottage Grove City Council meeting. They include Hunter Anderson, Grayden Bluhm, Andrew Diaz, Dalton Fields and Brandon Fryar. “To have five of you up here is quite amazing, all from the same troop,” Myron Bailey told the audience. Their names have been engraved on a permanent plaque in City Hall.
About 50 people joined together for a hands-on barn-building demonstration Jan. 13 at the Woodbury Central Park Amphitheatre. Audience members were invited to join preservationists in assembling a scale model of a 19th century vintage barn. The educational event and ice cream social was intended to promote preservation efforts in regard to the historic Miller Barn in Woodbury.
COTTAGE GROVE — Judas got a bum rap. Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis asks us to reconsider one of history's most reviled betrayers in "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot." Students at Park High School are deep into rehearsals for the show, which they have entered in this year's Minnesota State High School League one-act play competition. Acting may not be a contact sport, but the gamesmanship among these high school teams is as fierce as a hockey or basketball tournament.
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.