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.
COTTAGE GROVE -- A standoff Friday evening between SWAT team officers and a wanted fugitive ended with the arrest of the suspect and a woman, according to Cottage Grove Police. Officers from Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Woodbury and Washington County surrounded a residence in the 8000 block of Jensen Avenue around 7:30 p.m.
Two Woodbury teens reached a spiritual and artistic milestone July 6, when they danced before family and friends in the auditorium at Oltman Middle School. Sisters Swetha and Akshaya Ganeshkumar performed their first concert as official exemplars of the Indian classical dance form known as Bharatanatyam. Their graduation, or Arangetram, marked their formal presentation as qualified dancers by their teacher, or guru.
COTTAGE GROVE -- On the Fourth of July, while many will be grilling, boating or watching fireworks, Heather Hedden will be spending her last full day with her family before deploying to Kuwait. Hedden, of Hastings, is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve. June 29, she led a 5K run that was organized in her honor by the Cottage Grove Random Runners.
SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY — A Minneapolis man faces four felony counts after carjacking his ex-girlfriend and kidnapping their two young daughters June 7. Jeffrey Lo, 24, was charged Monday in the Washington County District Court. The charges include two counts of kidnapping with a firearm, assault with a firearm, and violation of an Order for Protection while in possession of a dangerous weapon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three hundred and sixty-four days a year, this stretch of West Point Douglas Road is a place most people rush past on their way to somewhere else. That won't be the case Monday, Dec. 10, however, when the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolls into Cottage Grove. The train is expected to arrive at 5:15 p.m. along West Point Douglas Road just south of the 80th Street bridge, near the Youth Service Bureau building. Once the train stops, a boxcar door will drop open to reveal an elevated stage with live entertainment by Canadian hard rockers the Trews and blues guitarist Willy Porter.