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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District 833 students scored well on an annual standardized test that measures college and career readiness. Results released Oct. 17 showed that the graduating class of 2018 exceeded the state average in all four categories — mathematics, science, English and reading. Their overall composite score of 22.4 beat the state average of 21.3. "We're pretty proud of that percentage," said Brian Boothe, director of professional development and accountability. "A majority of our students who take the ACT are demonstrating some aspect of career and college readiness."
Lowering health care costs continues to be my top priority, as it was two years ago. Last session we tackled this issue head on and made great progress, approving new laws that banned the practice of surprise billing, and lowered premium rates for those purchasing health insurance on the individual market. Because of this, we finally ended the double-digit increases Minnesotans had experienced every year since the implementation of Obamacare. We also provided more choices by bringing more competition into the market and provided better access to care. We're off to a great start, but there's still more work to be done.
As a parent of two teenagers attending a public high school, I know that now more than ever Minnesota needs a strong investment in all education, pre-K through career training. Our communities continue passing referendums but our classroom sizes are bulging and teachers pay for supplies out-of-pocket. We can no longer place the burden of financing our schools on property taxpayers because the Legislature doesn't want to even pass funding levels that keep up with inflation.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 833 — Teachers who want extra supplies for their classrooms often have to dig into their own pockets. Or, they can appeal to the public's generosity by posting their request on the crowdfunding website www.donorschoose.org . A long wishlist had accumulated on the site from teachers in District 833: • A new classroom set of three novels and plays for a 12th grade language arts class at South Washington County Alternative High School • A new rug and adjustable wobble chairs for second-graders at Crestview Elementary School
WOODBURY — Minnesota native and 2004 Olympian Carrie Tollefson is the featured guest at this year's Wellness Fair at Woodbury Central Park, 8595 Central Park Place. The fair runs 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, and is sponsored by Woodbury Thrives, a grassroots organization that promotes physical, mental and social health. An elite middle-distance runner, Tollefson was born in Dawson and attended Villanova University in Philadelphia, where she was five-time NCAA champion.
St. Paul police have a man in custody following a domestic incident this morning at Oltman Middle School in Cottage Grove. According to a statement, Cottage Grove police were notified at 8:52 a.m. by the school resource officer of a distraught woman who said she had been held against her will and assaulted by her domestic partner. The woman and her partner had been dropping off a student at Oltman when the woman said she used the opportunity to escape.
WOODBURY — Police, fire and EMS responders were kept busy by severe thunderstorms that barrelled through the area Wednesday, Oct. 3. Tree damage was reported at several locations, including Settlers Ridge Parkway and Whitewater Drive. Public Safety spokesperson Michelle Okada said they also received reports of trees on power lines at Crackleberry Trail and Glen Road. High winds toppled this tree in the 3900 block of Fairway Drive near Bailey Road. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia
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.
WOODBURY — Woodbury High School graduates and Marine Academy Midshipmen Gavin Bradley and Andrew French recently completed a journey around the world by ship.
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.