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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COTTAGE GROVE — State Sen. Karla Bigham said she's mostly pleased with the bipartisan budget deal that passed last month by the DFL-controlled House and the GOP-controlled Senate. Bipartisan legislation included a hands-free driving law, middle class tax relief and $21 million to fight the opioid crisis. They also eliminated the "marriage defense" in cases of marital rape and provided $52 million to cities and counties through local government aid and county program aid, a move Bigham said will stabilize property taxes.
Authorities are looking for a father who reportedly left with his two young children in Cottage Grove Friday morning, June 7, 2019. According to an Amber Alert: The children are Asian females ages 1 and 3. The father, Jeffrey Lo is described as an Asian male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 180 pounds with brown eyes. The mini van is a tan 2004 Toyota Sierra with Minnesota license plates 708-XEM. Lo allegedly assaulted the mother of his children around 6:34 a.m. in Cottage Grove and left with the two children.
Asked about her success at Math and Science Academy, Samantha Webster credits her parents for letting her blaze her own trail. "I think it's partly that my parents weren't, 'You need to do that,'" she said. "They said 'Do your best.'" Her best is pretty good. Webster, who lives in Maplewood, will attend Truman State University on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship, with a major in chemistry and a minor in forensic science. She'll join her classmates June 7 at the charter school's graduation ceremony.
COTTAGE GROVE — In a letter dated Friday, July 7, 1972, Air Force 1st Lt. William James Crockett wrote to his family in Cottage Grove. While he asked about his green MG sports car and wrote of his eagerness to go fishing at his family’s summer cabin, he also hinted at the perils of flying combat missions in the skies over Vietnam. He served as a navigator on a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter.
SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY — Car show season began last week with a gathering of classic convertibles, coupes and pickups at the Culver's Car Show in Cottage Grove. The club meets Wednesdays in the parking lot between Culver's restaurant and US Bank. It runs 5 p.m. till dark. Dan Spilde of Woodbury talked shop next to his 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible. "It's my high school car," he said.
A Woodbury High School student has published his biological research paper in a science journal affiliated with Harvard University. Sayuj Saresh, 17, discovered a better way of bonding an enzyme called catalase to calcium alginate. The results appeared March 31 in the Journal of Emerging Investigators, a science journal run by graduate students at Harvard. He is the lead author on the paper, which he wrote with the help of teacher Herb Struss. The journal features the work of middle and high school students.
The bags are piling up at the Cottage Grove home of Emma Malicki. One-gallon Ziplocs bulge with miniature bottles of shampoo, body wash and deodorant, along with toothbrushes and other personal hygiene products. The kits, known as "hygiene bags," will be distributed to homeless veterans. Malicki, 11, began collecting the items through American Legion Post 98 in St. Paul Park, where she volunteers. "It all started because my Grandpa (Daniel Mogren) is a veteran," she said. "That's how I got into doing it."
COTTAGE GROVE — She posted a Minnesota welcome to Michelle Obama — not on social media, but with an honest-to-goodness poster on the garage of her Cottage Grove home.
Got snacks? Many kids don't. First-world problem, some might say. Three girls in Woodbury Scout Troop 55128 discovered otherwise. "Kids are given breakfasts and lunches, but there's a time in between that they don't have food and they're hungry," said Girl Scout Lila Youngdahl, a ninth-grader at East Ridge High School. "In elementary schools, there's a designated time for snacks and sometimes when they don't have snacks, they feel left out."
ST. PAUL — A new market could emerge for Minnesota's licensed hemp farmers. A bipartisan legislation introduced Feb. 18 in the state Senate would allow hemp farmers to sell their product to in-state medical cannabis manufacturers. Sen. Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove, who co-authored the bill, said it would give local growers another source for their product, which typically is used in food, clothing and rope.