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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A young woman performed Bharatanatyam dance March 3 when the Indian community turned out for the Hindu spring festival of Holi at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale. Also known as the festival of colors, Holi signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and the end of winter. The celebration, which opened with the traditional “Om” chant, featured food, music and the traditional wearing of colored powders, which symbolizes diversity and acceptance. It was organized by Chinmaya Mission Twin Cities, a Hindu spiritual organization.
Ava did not look happy about having to wear an oxygen mask. But the brown and white Cavalier King Charles Spaniel submitted to the fitting with a minimum of fuss. Her owner, Mary Francis, demonstrated the life saving device Feb. 15 to fire and emergency medical technicians at the temporary Cottage Grove Fire Station. The masks can be used to help resuscitate pets that are rescued from a structure fire or car wreck.
WOODBURY — Authorities have determined that two juveniles who posted alleged shooting threats last week had neither the intent nor the means to carry them out. The juveniles, who attended East Ridge High School, have been arrested and charges could be pending. They were identified after District 833 schools alerted Woodbury Police, who consulted with the FBI.
Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered Feb. 10 along the 6600 block of Keats Avenue in Cottage Grove.
Those making a pilgrimage to the Feb. 9 opening of "Nunsense II" at the Merrill Community Arts Center should expect a hefty dose of ham - Fridays excluded, of course. If you didn't get that joke, don't fret. You don't have to be Catholic to hang out with the starstruck sisters at Mt. St. Helens School in Hoboken, N.J. These ladies christened the Black Box when Woodbury Community Theatre did the first "Nunsense" revue five years ago. "It was the first show we did in the Black Box," director Lenore Weir said.
The New Life Academy Competitive Cheer Team capped their undefeated season by winning their second straight State Championship in the Varsity Stunt Division at the MCCA Cheerleading Competition Jan. 27. From left: Victoria Moorman, Shyla Campbell, Ashley Clausen and, Noelle Rogers. Moorman and Clausen were also recognized on the MCCA Academic Honor Team of Excellence as student athletes with a GPA of 3.5 or above. Moorman was also a member of the All-state Competition Cheer team and was awarded a $1000 Scholarship in the Academic Honor Team of Excellence.
By small steps and one giant leap, Newport Elementary School has been closing the achievement gap, that disparity in test scores between themselves and the more affluent schools in District 833. In November, an analysis by the Minneapolis Star Tribune listed Newport on their "Beating the Odds" list. The annual report identifies "high poverty" schools who did better than expected on reading, math or the combined scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA).
Park High School advanced to the 3AA sections at the Minnesota State High School League One-Act Play Competition with their production of "26 Pebbles." With their production of "Antigone," Woodbury High School will move on to Section 3AA Finals of the Minnesota State High School League One-Act Play Competition.
They'll brave cold, wind, rain and yes, even those (expletive) Philadelphia Eagles fans. The 10,000 volunteers of Crew 52 have already blanketed the airports, hotels and streets of Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII. About 30 volunteers from Cottage Grove, Woodbury and Oakdale attended an informal pep rally Jan. 26 at HealthEast Sports Center. The event was organized by Crew 52 member Darcy Bertram. "I hope I will meet somebody famous," Margaret Kolb-Tavis of Oakdale said. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity" Kenya Skytte of Woodbury added.
The preparations for Super Bowl LII include the construction of a new regional highway system - in the skies over Minnesota and Wisconsin. Sunday's game will bring an estimated 1,100 additional private aircraft into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, as well as six satellite airports in the region. To relieve potential congestion, an air traffic team spent a year devising new air routes and training air traffic controllers to handle the extra volume.