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 Minkai Li finished eighth out of 135 competitors at the Mathcounts state meet earlier this month. Li, 13, also helped deliver a sixth-place finish by the Lake Middle School math team, which also includes Nikhil Jain, Christina Li and Sarah Zhang. "Most of the stuff is more problem solving rather than using complicated formulas," the Lake seventh grader said.
East Ridge High School East Ridge High School students cheered and stamped their feet as the only nonhuman member of their team raced around the floor of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. When time ran out, their comrade and creation — a robot name Fierrbox — had helped propel the East Ridge High School Robotics Team 3130 to victory in the recent Northern Lights Regional Championship. They won as part of an alliance with Team 2509 from Hutchinson and Team 6613 from Hurley, Wis.
Washington County Stop the bus. We want to get off, say four members of the Counties Transit Improvement Board. Not so fast, says the fifth member. With a deadline less than two weeks away, the dissolution of CTIB remains uncertain. Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties want out of CTIB, which was formed in 2008 to help pay for regional transit projects such as the Green Line light rail transit route between Minneapolis and St. Paul. But all five counties must agree to terminate the joint powers agreement by March 31.
Woodbury This interactive toy Josh Mozingo created for his 2-year-old daughter, Kaelee, doesn't have flashing lights or a touch screen. "Monkey Do Good" is a children's book that comes with a monkey costume that preschoolers can wear while they read. The suit is the same one that is worn by the book's resourceful girl hero, who wakes up in the crook of a tree in the jungle and ends up helping the animals who live there.
Lions will take over for the Leopards when Lake Middle School Theater Department launches the Lion King Jr. musical Thursday. Aaron Mooreland (left) plays Young Simba and Luke Pfluger is Mufasa in the show. Performances are 7 p.m. March 23-25. Tickets will be available only at the door 30 minutes prior to curtain. Cost is $3 students and $5 adults. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)
Woodbury Work will begin early next month to install new overhead traffic signs along one of Woodbuy's busiest roadways. The joint project by Washington County and the City of Woodbury will affect the heavily traveled northbound stretch of Radio Drive near the entrance ramps for Interstate 94. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures, county engineer Kevin Peterson said. "There are signs there now, but they will be larger and clearer," he said.
Washington County The next sheriff of Washington County is on deck. Chief Deputy Dan Starry was appointed to the position by a unanimous vote at the March 14 meeting of the Washington County Board of Commissioners. He still must be sworn in, which is expected to take place in May. Starry will succeed Bill Hutton, who is stepping down in order to be the next executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association. Hutton's last day is April 30.
Woodbury It takes hard work, focus and smarts to win a spelling bee. Not to mention poise and nerve. Anjali Nambudiri appears to have what it takes. The fifth-grader at Valley Crossing Elementary School is heading to the regionals after winning the spelling bee at her school. In order to qualify for regionals, she also had to pass an online spelling and vocabulary test.
Delaney Bourgoin has become the face of Advancement Via Individual Determination at South Washington Alternative High School. Or the first face, anyway.
Woodbury Break out the coconuts. "Spamalot" rides into the Merrill Community Arts Center this weekend. The musical, based the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," won accolades upon its Broadway debut. Lyricist and Python alum Eric Idle brazenly recycled scenes from the film and set them to music with the help of composer John Du Prez. Songs include "The Song That Goes Like This," and "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."