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 -- Their performnce of “Alice” earned the cast of New Life Academy 2nd place In Section 4 of the Minnesota State High School League One Act Play Festival. The play, written by Jerome McDonough, is a one-act mashup of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll. The play, which was set in an urban subway station, was directed by Janette Bach and Gina Kortuem.
COTTAGE GROVE — Blues guitarist Joe Filipovich of Cottage Grove made the semifinals at last month’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. He and singer/guitarist Tony Cuchetti represented the Minnesota Blues Society at the competition. The annual blues brawl gathers bands and solo artists from across the country — and some from farther away. Filipovich said there were musicians from Croatia and South Korea.
The South Washington County School Board meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. this evening at the District 833 Service Center, has been cancelled due to extreme weather. Shelly Schafer, director of communications and community relations, said all other after-school and evening activities in the school district have also been canceled Schafer said they might add the agenda items to their next meeting.
ST. PAUL PARK — Members of Cottage Grove Random Runners presented a check for $220 to Friends in Need Food Shelf on Jan. 29. The money came from freewill donations collected during their 5K race on New Year's Day. From left to right: Aine Bebeau, Linda Williams, Joe Garcia, Friends in Need Food Shelf Executive Director Michelle Ragath, Carol DeBlieck and Brian DeBlieck. Submitted photo
COTTAGE GROVE — Alicia Rau would love it if you hated her. Well, not quite. But the fashion designer and Park High School grad revels in winding people up, and she advises her “odd and colorful” clientele to do the same. “Be despised,” she exhorts visitors to her website, Bete Noire Alternative Clothing www.shopbetenoire.com .
NEWPORT — Newport Collision Center has new owners. Steve Adams and Heather Hegi bought the business in December. Previously, they owned Crystal Auto Spa and Auto Body in Crystal. They closed that location and merged the two businesses. "Otherwise, it's business as usual," Adams said. "All the same staff has stayed on." They bought the shop from Dave and Kathy Baker, who retired after running the business since 2001. Newport Collision Center has operated in the same location since 1982.
Eight teachers in District 833 have have been nominated for the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Education Minnesota, who organize and underwrite the contest, released the list of nominees Jan. 18. The candidates are: • Scott Alton, first and second grade teacher at Pine Hill Elementary School • Linnea Balderrama, English language learning, Grey Cloud Elementary School • Karen Buckeye, special education, Park High School • Linnea Gamache, reading specialist, Cottage Grove Elementary School
Five Members of Boy Scout Troop 237 received Eagle Scout awards at the Jan. 16 Cottage Grove City Council meeting. They include Hunter Anderson, Grayden Bluhm, Andrew Diaz, Dalton Fields and Brandon Fryar. "To have five of you up here is quite amazing, all from the same troop," Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey told the audience. Their names have been engraved on a permanent plaque in City Hall.
Legislation by state Sen. Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove, is aimed at preventing gun violence in schools. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Bigham on Jan. 17, would require school districts to establish threat assessment teams to spot and assess individuals who might be planning an attack. The teams typically include police, mental health professionals, teachers and school staff. The threat assessment protocol was developed by the Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education in response to the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
COTTAGE GROVE — Two police officers were promoted during a ceremony at the Cottage Grove City Council meeting Jan. 16. Gwen Martin was sworn in as captain and deputy public safety director. Nils Torning was sworn in as sergeant.