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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WASHINGTON COUNTY — Washington County Attorney Peter J. Oprut will run for another four-year term in November. "I feel like made some pretty good strides toward public safety but I have some more opportunities," he said April 9. "I really want to pursue some more programs and some more ideas. If the public will give me another opportunity to keep performing, I'd like to have it."
WOODBURY — South Washington County Schools is fortunate to have a districtwide orchestra program, Breanna Casper said. And not just because it gives her gainful employment as orchestra director at Oltman and Woodbury middle schools. Casper, who plays the violin, had no school orchestra program when she was growing up. "I did some community orchestras when I was in high school," she said.
STILLWATER — Washington County is seeking the public's help for an upcoming exhibit at the Historic Courthouse in Stillwater.
MINNEAPOLIS — The East Ridge High School robotics team lost a heartbreaker this past weekend at the North Star Regional Tournament at the University of Minnesota. The robots took over the hardwood at the 3M Arena at Mariucci March 28-31. The tournament often resembled a summer camp game like the egg carry relay, with robots scrambling to pick up cubes off the floor and place them on one of three scales.
Even the die-hardiest shopper might balk at the idea of visiting over 100 local businesses in one day - unless it's the day of the Woodbury Community Expo. April 7, the East Ridge High School gym will morph into a giant indoor market, with 175 display booths staffed by local merchants, health clinics and social service organizations. Since its creation by the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce, the expo has provided a convenient one-stop shop for those who want to see what products and services are available in their community - no GPS required.
A two-car crash Thursday evening in Woodbury was so violent that one of the vehicles came to rest on its roof. But the accident, which occurred shortly before 5 p.m. at the intersection of Lake Road and Radio Drive, resulted in only minor injuries, Woodbury Public Safety spokesperson Michelle Okada said.
The Newport Transit Station will serve as a park-and-ride lot for this year's Minnesota State Fair. The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the Metropolitan Council March 13. Metro Transit, a service of the Metropolitan Council, operates expanded park-and-ride services throughout the Twin Cities to provide easier and more frequent public access to and from the fair.
Cottage Grove man threatens to school shooting A Cottage Grove man is facing charges in connection with threats to shoot up Park High School. County Attorney Pete Orput announced the charges today against Tyler Giebner, 18. Giebner is charged with Terroristic Threats, a felony.
WOODBURY - Author and wilderness guide Douglas Wood visited students at Middleton Elementary School March 9. The award-winning writer of "Old Turtle: Questions of the Heart" shared insights about the creative process and answered questions. Wood is also a singer, composer and naturalist. Submitted photo courtesy of Peggy Rollins
WOODBURY — Students in the fourth and fifth grades flexed their intellectual muscles during the annual Battle of the Books at Liberty Ridge Elementary School. Each team spent four months reading 10 selected books. At the Feb. 27 competition, which was held in the school gym, the twenty teams quizzed each other on their knowledge of the material. The questions had been submitted by each team in advance. The winning fourth-grade team was The Lightbulb Readers, including Sarvani Mutnuri, Reina Dasi, Sara Sobokssa, Lidya Sobokssa, Arsema Worku, Camila Osuna, and Ana Pratt.