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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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.