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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It didn't take long for the Films in 5 Festival to attract talent beyond its Cottage Grove borders. Last year's sophomore event drew at least two filmmakers from Minneapolis. They included John Akre, who took second place for his film "Minneapolis Beneath the Asphalt Part 1: The City Changes."
Extreme Sandbox began as a recreation center that turned work machines into play. Instead of swinging at fastballs in a batting cage simulator or circling the go-cart track, folks could blow off steam at the controls of a bulldozer or wheel loader. But the 10-acre "sandbox" in Hastings has gained popularity as a training ground for students who might be interested in a career in the construction industry.
A three-part, $8.1 million road and park improvement project is set to begin later this spring in Cottage Grove. The Washington County Board of Commissioners on March 28 approved a cooperative agreement with the city of Cottage Grove for a new six-leg roundabout that would encompass the interchange of Keats Avenue, East Point Douglas Road and access ramps to and from Highway 61.
The body of a missing New Hope man was recovered from the Mississippi River near Grey Cloud Island Saturday evening.
Washington County is caught in the middle of a messy divorce.
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.