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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Woodbury To hone your public speaking skills, you need an audience. That's just what Positively Outspoken Toastmasters No. 3998 provides. The Woodbury club meets twice per month at Globe University. Members practice their speaking skills in front of fellow members. Renuka Bhat of Cottage Grove joined in April. A native of India, she grew up speaking and hearing English in her school. But after moving to the U.S., she sometimes found it difficult to communicate with Americans.
Merrill Community Arts Center bought a warehouse next door to their headquarters in a Woodbury industrial park. The 3,840 square foot space will serve as their new Arts & Education Center, executive director Michelle Witte said. The purchase was completed Nov. 14 at a cost of $335,000.
There was an extra reason to appreciate military men and women this Veterans Day, as a nation bitterly divided over the presidential election found common ground at Friday’s ceremonies honoring those who served. Woodbury paid tribute in various observances throughout the day. The Veterans Day observance at East Ridge High School was organized by athletic/activities director and Air Force Veteran Joel Olson, with help from social worker and Army Veteran Alphonse Shropshire.
The SOS for Youth Performance, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Black Box Theater at East Ridge High School, has been postponed. SOS for Youth includes about 60 teenagers who travel in groups of eight to 10 to schools around the Twin Cities, where they perform skits relating to a such issues as depression, abuse, family issues and money. The teen outreach and crisis prevention nonprofit was founded in Hudson in 1990 and operates out of the Merrill Arts Center at East Ridge.
Washington County Stan Karwoski will move from the Oakdale mayor's office to the Washington County boardroom in Stillwater. Karwoski defeated fellow newcomer Cheryl Anderson of Birchwood in a special election for County Commissioner District 2, which includes a portion of northwest Woodbury.The seat has been vacant since the death of Ted Bearth in March. Karwoski, who received 55 percent of the vote to Anderson's 44 percent, called it "a solid win."
For its fall musical, the Royal Theatre at Woodbury High School goes back to the 1950s, where labor unrest is brewing at a company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. If that sounds grim, it’s anything but. It’s “The Pajama Game,” a 1954 chestnut about a labor-management romance during a pending strike at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.
School District 622 After a tough year, Tuesday's election delivered some good news to District 622 superintendent Christine Osorio. Voters approved the district's first operating levy increase for North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Schools since 2002. "It means that we're going to be able to invest in those key areas that we've been talking about maintaining existing programs, support for struggling learners school safety and accelerated learning."
Washington County If the presidential election was decided by Minnesota high school students, Republican nominee Donald Trump would be backing up his moving van into the White House come January. Tuesday, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon announced the first round of results in the Minnesota Students Vote 2016, the first mock election for high school students in Minnesota. More than 77,000 high school students in 213 schools have voted as of Oct. 31. Trump received 26,930 votes statewide, or 34.97 percent, to Clinton's 25,333, or 32.89 percent.
Woodbury For its fall musical, the Royal Theatre at Woodbury High School goes back to the 1950s, where labor unrest is brewing at a company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. If that sounds grim, it's anything but. It's "The Pajama Game," a 1954 chestnut about a labor-management romance during a pending strike at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.
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.