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 Rather than let a state funding shortfall delay the completion of a new trail, Washington County will kick in more of its own money. The Point Douglas Regional Trail is set to open sometime in November. The 2.5-mile paved trail will connect Point Douglas Park to the new Hastings Bridge trail system. Runners, walkers and cyclists will have a direct route between the business districts of Hastings and Prescott, Wis., as well as views of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers.
The news team at Red Rock Elementary School had a special guest for the taping of last Wednesday’s show. Dawn Mitchell, news anchor and sports reporter for FOX 9, sat for an interview by sports anchors and 5th graders Kailey Scheller and Lucy Kelly. Scheller invited Mitchell to be on the show, even though some of her classmates told her it was a long shot. “I love football,” said Scheller, 11. “I”ve always thought she was an inspiration for being a sports reporter or a news anchor.”
Woodbury Anyone who has ever attempted to forge a career in the theater can tell you that the term "struggling actor" is redundant. Consider the case of Leo Clark and Jack Gable, the hard-luck protagonists of "Leading Ladies." The Woodbury Community Theatre production runs Feb. 10-26 at the Black Box in the Merrill Community Arts Center at East Ridge High School.
Stonecrest Senior Living resident Sylvia Dyrhaug was knighted during a Jan. 31 visit by the Winter Carnival Royalty. At left is Aurora Queen of Snows Lindsay Jo Sandoval, Eric Peterka, Johanna Smith and Jason Bradshaw.
South Washington County Scoring that perfect prom dress could mean feeding a child for a month. But it's important to know where to shop. To feed underserved students in South Washington County Schools, two community groups have been busy collecting donated prom, bridesmaids and party dresses. The initiative, Fairytale Fashion for Food, launches Feb. 12 with a fashion show and dress sale at Woodbury High School. All proceeds will help pay for a summer food pack program for District 833 students who are on the free and reduced lunch program.
Scoring that perfect prom dress could mean feeding a kid for a month. But it’s important to know where to shop. To feed underserved students in south Washington County Schools, two community groups have been busy collecting donated prom, bridesmaids and party dresses. The initiative, Fairytale Fashion for Food, launches Feb. 12. with a fashion show and dress sale at Woodbury High School.
Woodbury Juliana Vlcek is to words as Winnie the Pooh is to honey. Such an analogy just might suit this spirited 9-year-old, who never met a word she didn’t like. Vlcek is one of only nine third graders in the country to post a perfect score on a national vocabulary competition called the WordMasters Challenge. She’s a student at Red Rock Elementary School, where the WordMasters Challenge is taught three times a year.
Washington County and its four partners in a regional transportation co-op took one of the first steps toward disbanding.
School District 833 Each year, the student casts of three local high schools court drama when they test their nerve and skill in the Minnesota State High School League One-Act Play competition. Probably the only chance to see all three together is at the One-Act Play Festival beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at Woodbury High School.
Washington County Once declared "the world's top online brothel," the online ad site Backpage on Jan. 10 shut down its adult classified advertising section in the United States. Hours earlier, a U.S. Senate panel released a report that claimed sex traffickers were abetted by Backpage, who removed incriminating words like "teenage" from their online ads. After Backpage's change, pimps and predators will find other sites to ply their trade, Washington County and local law enforcement said. And they'll do what it takes to pick up their trail again.