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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Before it grants permission to proceed with the engineering phase of a proposed bus rapid transit system, the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) wants to make sure there's money at the local level to pay for it. An estimated $25 million is needed to pay for this phase of Gateway Gold Line, which would run in both directions from Union Depot in St. Paul through the city's East Side as well as Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury. But until last week, the Gateway Corridor Commission could identify only $22 million of the cost.
Washington County voters’ interest in absentee voting is near double what it was four years ago, prompting election officials to caution about long lines at one local absentee voting location...
Woodbury What happens after "happily ever after?" If you're Cinderella, your husband Prince Charming has an affair. If your name is Jack, you're being stalked by the widow of that giant you killed when you cut down the beanstalk.
Seniors should get out and vote, said the woman who turns 95 on election day. In addition to being a World War II veteran, great-grandmother and painter, Helen Miller writes...
Woodbury Seniors should get out and vote, said the woman who turns 95 on election day. In addition to being a World War II veteran, great-grandmother and painter, Helen Miller writes the "Helen's Corner" blog on Face Aging MN, a website dedicated to issues of aging. "I'm an advocate for seniors and for quality of life for seniors," said Miller, a resident at Woodbury Senior Living. With 60,000 Minnesotans expected to turn 65 every year until 2030, seniors will wield increased political power, she said. It's important not to waste it.
Cottage Grove A herd of goats opened a two-week residency at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park Oct. 24. Their destination: a hilly 3-acre parcel on the north end of the park, where invasive buckthorn is choking native oaks, aspens and box elders. Their mission: turn the acreage into their own giant salad bar. Their visit is part of a pilot program launched by Washington County Parks to clear non-native plants and noxious weeds without using heavy equipment or herbicides.
Lisa Weik is running unopposed for her District 5 seat, but the county commissioner said she isn't taking anything for granted. Weik said she's been out knocking on doors to learn what's on the minds of voters in her district. "I like to touch base directly with people," she said. "I don't like to seem complacent."
Gary Kriesel • Age: 73 • City of residence: Stillwater • Years lived in district: 53 years • Education: Stillwater High School; St. Paul Vocational Technical Institute, apprenticeship program • Occupation: County commissioner, District 3; retired senior area specialist, Northern States Power, 33 years; U.S. Navy Veteran.
David Beaudet • Age: 63 • City of residence: Oak Park Heights • Education: Stillwater Area High School, Metropolitan State University • Occupation: Retired from manufacturing management
When it comes to staging the musical version of a Disney animated movie classic, it pays not to tread (water) too lightly, said the director of the fall musical at East Ridge High School. This is no mere maid, after all - the Disney animated version of the Hans Christian Andersen story is beloved by generations. But too much reverence can be stifling. The challenge is to stay true to the story while avoiding a slavish recreation of the movie, said Amanda Hestwood, an English teacher who will be directing the show at East Ridge.