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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SCHOOL DISTRICT 833 — For now, about 35 pre-kindergarten and school readiness instructors will remain in the collective bargaining unit of local 1125 of the United Teachers of South Washington County. The South Washington County School Board approved a memorandum of agreement with the union Nov. 15. The union's executive board approved the agreement Oct. 10. The agreement lasts through the 2018-19 school year.
NEWPORT — There were no reported injuries from a Monday afternoon fire, Nov. 26, 2018, at a truck maintenance and storage facility in St. Paul Park, but the blaze kept multiple fire agencies busy until well after dark. “We had it knocked down in about an hour,” Newport Police Chief Steve Wiley said Tuesday. “But we were chasing hot spots for another four or five hours.”
COTTAGE GROVE -- Was it c-c-cold? Windy? Absolutely. But hey, it’s November in Minnesota, gizzard-breath. The brisk bluster didn’t stop 611 runners and walkers from going the distance at the annual Hale to the Bird 5K at Hamlet Park. Mitch Gustafson won the with a time of 18:48. Gwyneth Gerlach was the overall women's winner with a time of 20:08.
COTTAGE GROVE — Few would have faulted Donna Mathiowetz for retreating into a life of bitterness and victimhood after the sudden and violent death of her son. The Hastings author delivered the keynote speech at the 12th annual Cottage Grove Area Prayer Breakfast at River Oaks Golf Club. Attendees included local clergy, business leaders, politicos, families, veterans and members of law enforcement. The evening of March 6, 1992, was a foggy one, Mathiowetz told the audience. A friend came by the house to pick up her 16-year-old son Tim for a night out.
WOODBURY — There is still time to help a foster child by donating new backpacks, baby items, pajamas, stuffed animals and books to Crossroads Church in Woodbury. They are bundling these items to make "placement bags" that will be given to children who have been placed in the foster care system. The public can donate backpacks, pajamas, books, toothbrushes, toothpaste and blankets in three age categories: Baby — ages newborn to 2; elementary — ages 3-9; and teen — ages 10-18.
Their names were Arnold Alvin Ades, Mark Mason Steeley, William Lee Christenson, Raymond Charles Huot Jr., William James Crockett, Gary Wayne Peterson and Marlyn Ronald Anderson. The first three were all members of the 1967 graduating class at Park High School. All were born or lived in Cottage Grove or St. Paul Park. All served in the Vietnam War. None came back alive. Their names are among the 58,000 inscribed on the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
COTTAGE GROVE — Our country's military veterans deserve more than just our thanks, DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar told a capacity crowd in the Park High School gymnasium on Nov. 10. The senator spoke at the Wolfpack Air Force JROTC Veterans Day Ceremony. It was held on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I in November 1918.
COTTAGE GROVE — The word on the street is that there are words near your feet. The paved trail at the inclusive playground at Woodridge Park in Cottage Grove bears a poem, stenciled in white letters, that reads: Whether you stand firm like a mighty tree Or softly sway like a beautiful flower, However life may move in you, Share in this place a precious hour.
Newport Elementary School is overcoming one of the biggest obstacles to learning: poverty. The school's improved scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test earned them a spot on the annual "Beating the Odds" report that was published in September by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It was the school's second consecutive year on the list. "Newport has historically been one of the lowest performing schools," Principal Rich Romano said. "That's not the case anymore."
COTTAGE GROVE — Charlene Stevens has been fired as city administrator. City Council unanimously voted to terminate her contract at its Nov. 7 meeting. "I do want to thank Charlene Stevens for her years of service to the City Council, city staff and to the citizens of Cottage Grove," Mayor Myron Bailey said. The move follows her yearly performance review, which City Council member Steve Dennis called for at the Sept. 19 City Council meeting.