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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The Washington County 2018 budget could include the biggest property tax hike in nearly 10 years. A proposed $102.7 million levy would add about $35 to the annual property tax bill for the owner a home assessed at $257,000 — the median value in the county. The 6.9 percent levy increase would be the largest since 2008. Deputy Administrator Kevin Corbid made the levy request at an Aug. 8 budget workshop.
Jackie Biederman walked into her bedroom closet on July 27, closed the door and launched her first podcast. “It’s the quietest place in the house with a 7-year-old and a 5-year-old,” the Woodbury work-from-home mom said. “I had been getting pretty into podcasts over the years,” Biederman said. “I kept going back to the idea to help other people and how do I use the skills I have to do that?”
"A little to the left, that's the spot, ahhh." That may be what Layla the calf was thinking as Caitlyn Wagner, 16, hosed her down opening day at the Washington County Fair. Layla belongs to Megan Olson, 14. The 146th annual fair features demonstrations and exhibitions by more than 500 members of Washington County 4-H clubs as well as rides, the Swinetime Pig Races and live music. It runs through August 6. For a complete list of Washington County Fair activities, visit www.washingtoncountyfair.org .
When Thor is angry, the Earth trembles. The nine Norse realms are roiled by the theft of Thor’s hammer in “Nordrsaga,” this year’s student showcase at Circus Juventas in St. Paul.
The Englishman hoisted himself out his wheelchair and onto a high swivel chair next to the karaoke machine. He tested the volume on his mic. "Hi, I'm Simon," he told the audience at Broadway Bar and Grill in St. Paul Park. "I arrived in the country about two hours ago." With that, Simon Kindleysides, 33, made his American concert debut June 29. He overcame nerves and a wonky sound system to deliver a set that included a heartfelt version of "Imagine" by John Lennon.
For Lenore Weir, directing "Legally Blonde: The Musical" for Woodbury Community Theatre is a bit like going shopping with its irrepressible heroine, Elle Woods. It's not always easy to keep with such a force of nature. "The way it's written, it never, ever stops," said Weir, who lives in Cottage Grove. "It's not like an old-fashioned show where you have end-of-scene plus a blackout and you change the set. That's not how it works."
Phil Thompson is a pretty dapper dude. The Woodbury vocalist/pianist usually sports a suit and tie. He styles his hair and evidently owns a razor. In his Man About Town segment on WCCO-TV, he’s a suave tour guide to weekend happenings around the Twin Cities. Thompson has performed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand in Macau and the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York. He’s played on cruise ships in Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean and Alaska.
It began with a single square of paper, creased and folded into the shape of a crane. Then Jeanne Reeve made a second. And a third.
Beginning next month, free produce will be available select Thursdays at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Oakdale. An anti-hunger project called the Produce Fair will distribute greens and vegetables from 10-11:30 a.m. July 27, Aug. 10 and 24, Sept. 14 and 28, and Oct. 12. The free farmers market is a collaboration between Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shel in Woodbury and Second Harvest Heartland in St. Paul. Second Harvest collects surplus food from retailers and farmers.
The inaugural Unified Prom at East Ridge High School was a big deal for special needs students. For many, it was their first prom, their first chance to dress up, dance and dine. The April 29 party featured a red carpet procession, where each kid, escorted by a classmate, wore a sash that was emblazoned with their name. Nothing could have kept Kiley Robertson away from the party. Not only because she had so many special needs friends, but because the prom was her idea.