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 The Washington County Board was expected to vote Tuesday, Feb. 14, on a resolution of support to approve $2.5 million for the Gateway Gold Line bus-rapid transit project. The money represents the county's share of the $25 million cost of the project development phase for the BRT, which will run from Union Depot in downtown St. Paul through the East Side of St. Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury.
Woodbury An equine entrepreneur from Woodbury was honored as the 2016 Horseperson of the Year. Mark Ward, owner of Windy Ridge Ranch, was honored Jan. 21, by the Minnesota Horse Council. A lifelong horseman, Ward started the ranch in 1979. He and his staff teach various riding disciplines, including dressage, to 200 students. Ward founded an equine drill team that still performs in the Woodbury Days parade, as well as others in Afton and Oakdale.
Washington County Three new employees will help the Washington County Attorney's Office fight sex trafficking. Jerry Wallerich, Pam Hughes and Jessica Hockley will serve as program coordinator, senior legal assistant and law clerk, respectively. They will work in the major crimes unit under Assistant County Attorney Imran Ali.
Woodbury Last Friday's morning announcements at Middleton Elementary School were video streamed on location from Liz Brown's third-grade class. The fifth-grade news team included announcers Sydney Spencer and Taylor Godbout, reporter Angelina Emberson, camera operator and cue card holder Alexis Casner, and announcer Jackson Kleinheinz. The segment included birthday and half-birthday announcements, the weather and the awarding of the Golden Dustpan for cleanest classroom. For their Talking Books segment, Amberson and Spencer reviewed "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH."
A new top dog will occupy the administrator's office at the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission.
New Life Academy in Woodbury concluded its annual Spirit Week Friday with a Decade Dance in the school gym. Each grade spent a month choreographing dance numbers from a specific decade, including the 2000s (seniors), 1990s (juniors) and freshmen (1950s). Sophomores paid tribute to the boogie-down 1970s and sported some groovy, very Brady clothing to match. They included Ann Raihala, back left, and Siri Nicol, front left, Olivia Thomas, Anna Bettmann and Abi Bryant. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)
Washington County When she first started at the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, Fran Hemmesch worked at a typewriter that sat on a folding table. Within close reach was a container of white correction fluid. Her first office was a room in the Cottage Grove City Hall. It was 1985. "When I tell my grandchildren that, they ask if there were cars back then," Hemmesch said in her distinctive deadpan rasp.
South Washington County A new top dog will occupy the administrator's office at the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission. Gus, a Schnauzer, will accompany new administrator Mark Martinez on his daily commute. They'll succeed outgoing administrator Fran Hemmesch and Chance, her French poodle that often visited the office.
Woodbury The second annual History Day Fair at Woodbury Middle School featured nearly 145 historical research projects by sixth-grade students. Subjects included baseball, World War II and Jonas Salk and the polio vaccine. Many students shared their knowledge through photos and text on trifold poster boards. Others chose to create websites or perform a live stage show. At least one project, about the World War II fighter squadron the Flying Tigers, was produced as a video documentary.
When she first started at the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, Fran Hemmesch worked at a typewriter that sat on a folding table. Within close reach was a container of white correction fluid. It was 1985.