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 Grey Cloud Island Township board of supervisors approved their 2019 budget and levy at their annual meeting March 13. The levy is $103,437, reflecting a 3.5 percent reduction from the previous year. The total budget is $176,141 and includes: • $40,956 general purpose, • $93,985 for public safety, • $41,200 for road and bridge repairs. "We're nowhere near having to borrow to cover our expenses," treasurer Scott Leick said. "We have pretty healthy financials for a township our size."
COTTAGE GROVE — When the newly-renovated Cottage Grove Regional Park opens later this spring, visitors will be able to drive into the park for free until July 1. The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved the park vehicle fee waiver at their March 13 meeting. Vehicle permits usually are $7 daily and $30 annually.
A single-vehicle crash killed a Newport man early Sunday morning. Christopher Kelly, 33, was driving south on Highway 280 and exiting to Eastbound I 94 around 3:18 a.m. Kelly apparently lost control of his Dodge Dakota pickup truck, which hit the median wall near the bottom of the ramp. The Minnesota State Patrol said he was ejected from the vehicle after it began to roll. It came to rest on its roof. Kelly, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene, according. It was unclear if alcohol was a factor, a State Patrol spokesperson said.
A 43-year-old woman is in critical condition after the SUV she was operating rolled on top of her Thursday morning. The accident happened in the driveway of a residence in the 7200 block of Janero Avenue according to Cottage Grove Police. They received a call at 6:20 a.m. after the woman’s son heard a crash outside and alerted his father.
Woodbury Community Theatre cranks the volume for Stars Rock Broadway, a rock opera retrospective, at the Loft Stage. The show features over 60 songs from rock operas through the decades.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 833 — Those who wish to show solidarity with students protesting gun violence March 14 will have to do so off of school grounds. Last week, District 833 director of communications Shelly Schafer emailed a statement to families regarding possible walkouts at Park, East Ridge and Woodbury high schools.
Cottage Grove Police are seeking a man who allegedly made verbal threats while brandishing a shotgun at a residence in Cottage Grove. The incident began in the early morning hours of March 12 when police responded to a call regarding a domestic situation at 8287 Jody Lane South. The residents were able to leave the home while officers were on the scene.
COTTAGE GROVE — Her younger self may have scoffed at the notion that she would be taking an advanced biology course, but that's exactly what Chahrazad Abdiaziz is doing at Park High School. The sophomore and self-described reformed class clown credits a learning system called Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, for helping to tap her unrealized potential. "In elementary school I was a pretty bad student," Abdiaziz, 15, said. "I followed the same bad habits in sixth grade. I joined AVID in seventh grade and it helped get me on the right path."
Jennifer Wagenius, Washington County Property Records and Taxpayer Services Director, was honored by the Minnesota Association of County Officers with the Outstanding Member of the Year Award Feb. 14. She is with the County Board at its meeting Feb. 20, commissioners Stan Karwoski, District 2, and Lisa Weik, District 5, Wagenius, and commissioners Fran Miron, District 1, and Gary Kriesel, District 3.
Ava did not look happy about having to wear an oxygen mask. But the brown and white Cavalier King Charles Spaniel submitted to the fitting with a minimum of fuss. Her owner, Mary Francis, demonstrated the life saving device Feb. 15 to fire and emergency medical technicians at the temporary Cottage Grove Fire Station. The masks can be used to help resuscitate pets that are rescued from a structure fire or car wreck.