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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Denny Hanna probably won’t be around to see the completion of the Grey Cloud Island Crossing, the $1.8 million river project he helped start more than a decade ago. The project, which begins in 2017, will replace the causeway with a bridge where County Road 75 crosses Grey Cloud channel, a Mississippi River backwater. It will revive the freshwater flow to the channel, which has been degraded by stagnant water, weeds and algae.
Nearly a dozen local schools collected toiletries and cash for “10 Days of Giving,” an annual campaign sponsored by Merchants Bank and run in conjunction with the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visit to Cottage Grove. District 833 schools participated, as well as Hope Christian Academy. Students collected paper towels, shampoo, toothpaste, soap and cash for the Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park. The items were placed in large cardboard boxes, which were picked up Dec.
The good news: Locally Grown Theatre received a $10,000 grant. The bad news: It cost a lot of money. Such is the conundrum facing the Cottage Grove-based troupe, which recently received a $10,000 capital grant through the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. They will use the grant to buy a storage trailer that will enable them to haul their scenery and costumes to various performance sites in Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park, production manager John Rigg said.
Park High School A technicality has drastically cut the number of cadets in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Park High School. The Air Force JROTC “Wolf Pack” cadet corps was left with fewer than 50 cadets this year because they no longer can count students who participated in a summer academy. It was unclear why they can no longer include those students.
Washington County held an open house Dec. 3 to invite public feedback on a proposed master plan to update and improve Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. The fourth and final event, held at the Woodlands Apartments in Cottage Grove, provided a snapshot of the latest iteration of a master plan that would be funded by the county, Metropolitan Council and South Washington Watershed District.
The world’s oldest profession is increasingly being transacted on some of the latest technology. Smartphones and the internet have streamlined the business of sex trafficking, according to the head of...
Cable TV subscribers in south Washington County could have an alternative to Comcast as early as February. CenturyLink has reached a tentative franchise agreement with the South Washington County Telecommunications...
At least 25 needy kids in south Washington County can expect a happier birthday thanks to students at Oltman Middle School. The Gifting a Birthday competition challenged teams of six-, seventh- and eighth-graders to assemble “birthday kits” for the Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park.
A new generation has inherited starring roles in the annual Christmas musical at Light the Way Church in Cottage Grove. Two sets of parents who are veteran performers in “Two from Galilee” are passing on the roles of Mary and Joseph to their daughter and son for the 20th anniversary production.
For dentist Kate McGinn, the office can be a littler further than the drive from her home in Afton to her practice at Metro Dentalcare in Cottage Grove. Four weeks a year, she travels to remote spots on the map, performing dental work for the neey in Mexico, Vietnam and Haiti.