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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Edward Eigner • Age: 71 • City of residence: Forest Lake • Years lived in district: 17 • Education: B.S. University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee • Occupation: Operations manager • Notable community and civic involvement: Present Forest Lake City Council member; past Forest Lake Planning Commission member; present Forest Lake Personnel Committee; present Forest Lake Fire Board; member of the VFW at American Legion Why are you running for office in Washington County Commissioner District 1?
When it comes to collection sites where Washington County residents can drop off yard waste, the choices are, like autumn leaves - scattered. State law forbids throwing out leaves, grass clippings, branches and garden waste with household garbage. But only eight yard waste collection sites operate in the county. Five of those are city-run compost sites in the north, which have limited hours and are accessible only to residents. Three commercial composting sites are clustered in the south.
Still in his early 20s, Rick Pellinger still looked youthful enough that he might pass as one of the ninth-graders he was addressing at Woodbury High School. He grew up with a loving family in Apple Valley, he told his audience. He had two older brothers. He was good at sports, but even better at video games, with enough mad skills to compete in tournaments around the country. His female colleague sat in the bleachers with the students. When he had finished telling his story, she read out questions students had texted to her phone.
The parties may be over at the Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater. Since it was replaced as the seat of county government by the new Government Center, the courthouse and its grounds have become a popular venue for weddings and other private events. The number of wedding ceremonies and receptions at the courthouse increased from 55 in 2011 to 113 in 2015.
Author and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi was virtually on home ice Monday when she dropped in at Cottage Grove Elementary School to read from her latest children's book. The philanthropist and bestselling author has in-laws who live in Woodbury. Her husband is St. Paul native and former NHL player Bret Hedican. The two met when they represented their country at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Yamaguchi won the gold in women's singles figure skating, making her the first Asian-American Olympic champion in history.
Stone Soup Thrift Shop recently got some sprucing up. Its once-drab entryway in St. Paul Park sports bright new coats of red and yellow paint. New signs provide clear directions to customers. The Woodbury teen responsible for the new look organized the makeover as part of his Eagle Scout service project.
School District 833 A muddy, 57-acre field may seem like an odd place to throw a party — unless the celebration is the official groundbreaking for the new Oltman Middle School. Under a striped yellow tent, with giant earth-moving equipment as a backdrop, District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus welcomed the 100 or so guests Oct. 5. "We also are excited about carrying the tradition of Oltman to the new building and creating new traditions," he said.
COTTAGE GROVE — Parents shouldn't delude themselves when it comes to the potential for their children to fall prey to sex traffickers, said the head of the Washington County Attorney Office's major crimes division. Prosecutor Imran Ali said there have been cases where an underage girl's own boyfriend coerces her into sexual slavery — under the noses of her parents.
Cottage Grove Imran Ali turned over a few rocks Sept. 29 at Cottage Grove City Hall. However vile and disturbing the things that squirmed beneath, it was preferable to blissful ignorance, he told his audience. The assistant Washington County attorney was the featured speaker at a sex trafficking forum organized by the Cottage Grove Public Safety Board. His message: It was dangerous folly to deny that the buying and selling of children for sex was taking place — with alarming frequency — in Cottage Grove, Woodbury and other communities.
Too much waste is going to waste at Bielenberg Sports Center. Mixed in with the tons of trash generated at the busy sports complex are materials that could either be recycled or composted. But the city of Woodbury will upgrade its outdoor recycling operations with some financial assistance from the county. At their Sept. 27 meeting, the Washington County board of commissioners approved a $70,000 recycling grant. The money will help pay for 87 new outdoor double and triple bins at Bielenberg. New educational and promotional material will also be posted.