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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Red Rock Elementary School will receive $136,025 in state funds to make safety improvements. School District District 833 will receive $27,525 to make security upgrades to the school entrance and $108,500 for improvements to its communications system, according to a list released Oct. 3 by the Minnesota Department of Education. Under the terms of the grant, the District could choose to install or improve access controls, keyless entry systems, door locking and glass integrity, door alarm systems, as well as structure changes to the main entrance.
COTTAGE GROVE — The Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its annual fall banquet at River Oaks Golf Course on Sept. 27. In keeping with the 50th anniversary celebration, guests were encouraged to come dressed in 1950s costumes. The evening included an appearance by Elvis impersonator Art Kistler, who dueted with Cottage Grove City Council member Dave Thiede. The Chamber also named its annual award winners. They include: Business of the Year: Merchants Bank
COTTAGE GROVE — Two candidates for House District 54A debated the issues at a Thursday, Sept. 13 forum hosted by the League of Women Voters at Cottage Grove City Hall. Democrat Anne Claflin is challenging Republican incumbent Keith Franke in November for the House District 54A seat, which covers portions of Woodbury, White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi, as well as the entireties of Oakdale, Landfall, Pine Springs, Birchwood and Willernie. The candidates answered 16 questions submitted by the audience. Comments have been edited for clarity.
COTTAGE GROVE — The Sept. 23 Oktoberfest brought the crowds to Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove. Michael and Paula Bushilla opened their rustic spread for an afternoon of hayrides, pumpkin painting, food and music. The annual fall frolic raised an estimated $15,500 for Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park. Kids communed with ponies and pigs and geese at the petting zoo, courtesy of Animals of Walton's Hollow. Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey served as emcee.
About 25 people attended a Sept. 13 forum that featured the two major party candidates for House District 54B. Democrat Tina Folch of Hastings is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Tony Jurgens of Cottage Grove. The forum was sponsored by the Minnesota League of Women Voters. House District 54B includes the eastern half of Cottage Grove, Denmark Township, Afton, Hastings and Nininger Township. Topics, provided by the audience, included legalized recreational marijuana, medicaid work requirements and the achievement gap in high schools.
COTTAGE GROVE — The public got a gander at the new Oltman Middle School at the Sept. 23 grand opening. A ceremony took place in the school's 400-seat theater, where South Washington County School Board chair Tracy Brunnette thanked the public for supporting the tax levy that paid for the $72 million school. "Your support has given us an amazing school," she said. Oltman Principal Joni Hagebock took the audience on a virtual tour of the building and its unique features.
COTTAGE GROVE — The dive bombing wind and rain were gone by the time the floats and fire trucks lined up Sept. 24 for the Park High School Homecoming parade. Hundreds lined 80th Street under brilliant blue skies and a pleasant autumn chill to watch and wave at floats, included the school's hockey team, theatre club and homecoming court. Members of the Park Air Force JROTC led the march. The Wolfpack football team beat visiting Apple Valley 28-8.
WOODBURY — Come for the movie, stay for the discussion. The Grove United Methodist Church will host a screening of the film "Love, Simon" Sunday, Sept. 30 at the YMCA in Woodbury. Following the film, the public is invited to stay, share and learn with teen members of the LGBT community. The event, which runs 4 to 7 p.m., was organized by the church's LGBT + Pride Team.
COTTAGE GROVE — Some parents and preschool teachers denounced a move by District 833 to eliminate the licensing requirement for early learning teachers. They spoke during the public comments period at the Sept. 20 South Washington County School Board meeting at the District Service Center in Cottage Grove. District 833 teachers are represented through local 1125 of the United Teachers of South Washington County.
ST. PAUL PARK— Live music and dance are on tap for this year's Stone Soup Fall Fashion and Variety Show. The annual fundraiser runs Thursday, Sept. 27, at John P. Furber Farm in Old Cottage Grove. Since it opened in 1997, the scrappy thrift store in St. Paul Park has sold or given away tons of gently used furniture, clothing and household items to the homeless and financially distressed. The shop has also attracted thrifters, those savvy fashionistas on the prowl for bargains on secondhand scarves, pants, tops and shoes.