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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Nancy Wagner of Woodbury (right) walked 60 miles last weekend as part of the Susan B. Komen 3-Day. More than 500 walkers raised $1.4 million for cancer research. Wagner, who is a 12-year breast cancer survivor, has walked the Twin Cities 3-Day three previous times and has also walked in Seattle and Boston. She has also volunteered for the event. The walk began last Friday in Edina and concluded Sunday at Harriet Island in Minneapolis. Wagner and teammate Kathy Cooper (left) camped overnight last Friday in a pink tent in Harvest Park in Maplewood. (Submitted photo)
Washington County officials are requesting more staff next year to address increased caseloads for social service programs. The Washington County Board of Commissioners conducted their second 2017 budget workshop after their Aug. 23 meeting. The board heard budget requests from Community Services, Public Health and Environment, and the Library System.
A highlight of Woodbury Days was the Musical Chairs Mania. The large scale game of musical chairs - featuring 95 participants - was created by Woodbury moms Lisa Pratto, Erin Laboy, and Gretchen Flynn. Teams from six schools competed in Sunday's event, including those from Woodbury Leadership Academy, Valley Crossing Elementary School, Middleton Elementary, Skyview Elementary, Bailey Elementary and Discovery Charter School. Fifty-five local businesses pledged $14,250 and raised $945 in ticket sales. Proceeds benefited parent-teacher organizations in Woodbury schools.
If you're going to cast young children in a play that teaches them about acceptance, confidence, tolerance and potential, "The Ugly Duckling" is a splendid choice. A cast of children from Woodbury and Maplewood gave a stirring performance of the Hans Christian Andersen classic last Thursday at Shawnee Park. The show was the culmination of the annual Dog in the Door theater camp, a four-day workshop taught by Michelle Storm, a literacy teacher at St. Paul City School.
Bert Strassburg is the new interim director at Woodbury Leadership Academy. At its August 16 meeting, the five-member board voted to hire Strassburg to run the charter school. His contract...
Washington County and the city of Cottage Grove will partner on two road improvement projects. The County Board on Aug. 2 approved an agreement with Cottage Grove to design and construct a new six-leg roundabout that would encompass the interchange of Keats Avenue, East Point Douglas Road and access ramps to and from Highway 61. The county is the lead agency for the project, which will begin next year and cost $2.5 million.
The population of South Washington County swelled by several thousand last Saturday. The occasion was the 11th annual Ragnar Relay, which sent scores of runners churning, chugging and shuffling along roads in Stillwater, Afton and Cottage Grove on their way to the finish line in Minneapolis. More than 400 teams competed in the two-day, 202-mile relay that began last Friday morning in Winona, Minn. Teams of a dozen runners took turns covering the distance.
Singer Gabby Bruestle 12, took first place in the preteen division of the talent show at last week's Washington County Fair. Her winning rendition of "Time to Say Goodbye," which she sung in Italian, earned her a spot in the semifinals at the Minnesota State Fair later this month. No date has been set. Bruestle, who took second in her division at last year's talent show, already is rehearsing for her state fair performance with her vocal coach Lesa Jacobsen of Woodbury.
One of the year's biggest and most colorful road shows will pass through South Washington County this weekend. The 11th annual Ragnar Relay Great River is an overnight, 200-mile race that begins Friday morning in Winona and runs through the St. Croix Valley in Wisconsin before crossing back into the Gopher State. It will pass through Cottage Grove Saturday on its way to the finish line in Minneapolis. Over 400 teams have signed up, including, nearly 100 runners from Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Woodbury.
Say this about rabbits: They're quiet. Geese, hens, roosters and ducks? Not so much. The load-in for the poultry and rabbit judging at last week's Washington County Fair was a study in contrasts: peaceful at one end of the building, pandemonium at the other. It was a bit like college move-in day, with parents and kids lugging cages and crates from vehicles in the sweltering heat.