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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HASTINGS, Minn. — In what would turn out to be the last day of her life, Amber Pugh made sure to look out for her younger sister. On March 4, 2004, she and Jacque Viall, 22, were enroute to Burnsville on a Saturday afternoon shopping excursion "I only remember her picking me up and we stopped at Erickson's gas station," Viall said. "I remember we turned out onto Route 46. I didn't have my seatbelt on and she told me to put my seat belt on. I kind of looked at her like, 'eh.' I put it on. That's all I remember,"
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — A herd of goats opened a two week residency at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park Monday. Their destination: a hilly three-acre parcel on the north end of the park, where invasive buckthorn is choking native oaks, aspens and box elders. Their mission: turn the acreage into their own giant salad bar. Their visit is part of a pilot program launched by Washington County Parks to clear non-native plants and noxious weeds without using heavy equipment or herbicides.
There is no reason these days for a kid to run away to the circus. Not when the largest youth circus program in North America is right here in the Twin Cities. For 22 years, Circus Juventas in St. Paul has trained more than 2,500 students ages 3-21 in the finer points of clowning, tumbling, trapeze and other more esoteric specialities, like the use of a German Wheel or Russian Sling. Two Woodbury teens are in the cast of "Wonderland," the circus academy's summer performance showcase, which runs July 28 to Aug. 14 at their performance space in St. Paul.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Marilyn Krenik cannot fathom why someone would steal a memorial bench from her husband's gravesite. Family members gave Krenik the bench as a Mother's Day present,...
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — It wouldn't be Memorial Day without star-spangled banners waving from front lawns, fire trucks and light poles. But one Vietnam War veteran takes quiet pride in displaying another flag along with Old Glory. Oscar “Tim” Mathison, 69, typically hangs the Minnesota state flag outside his home in Old Cottage Grove on Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July.
A Newport man was convicted March 4 of stealing funds from the family trust of his mentally impaired father. Jeff Allen Johnson, 61, pleaded guilty to Washington County District Court...
If you see a crowd of strange-looking people running, ambling or shuffling along the road in the wee hours of Saturday morning, don’t panic. It’s not a zombie invasion. More likely, these dead-eyed but determined souls are running the Ragnar Relay Great River.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — Don Kritzky will have to get used to lying still. This is not an easy thing for a man with a life-long love of high speeds...
Park High School junior David Constantine, 17, was among the first to strap on a life jacket and paddle his handiwork out onto the lake on a muggy spring afternoon. It was the culmination of months of work at Park, where he and four other students built the canoe from scratch.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- For one film, the road to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival went through “Fargo” and the Twin Cities suburbs of south Washington County. “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” features scenes that were shot last year on farmland in Cottage Grove, multiple Newport locations and the Afton Alps ski area. The film recently screened at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won a U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical Score.