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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Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Yetter was honored June 26 at the Washington County Commissioners meeting. Yetter was selected by the Lakes Center for Youth and Families to be the 2017 recipient of the James Trudeau Law Enforcement Award. With Yetter is Sheriff Dan Starry, commissioners Stan Karwoski, Gary Kriesel, Lisa Weik, and Fran Miron, Lakes Center executive director Matt Howard, Carol Trudeau, Rep. Bob Dettmer and Commissioner Jack Lavold. Submitted photo courtesy of Washington County
WOODBURY — While other children her age probably were splashing in a pool or riding their bikes, 11-year-old Norah Badroos stood in a rehearsal studio at Merrill Community Arts Center, with one eye on her script and the other on her fellow actors. "We're learning to use our emotions when we act, to have fun doing our performance," she said. Norah and her young castmates had signed up for The Play's the Thing, one of several summer day camps at the center. They spent the week rehearsing "Just Like Us," a play by Craig Sodaro.
CubERRt the robot showed off its motor skills at the June 21 South Washington County School Board meeting. Manning (or womaning) the controls was Iaong Lor, captain of the East Ridge High School robotics team, who call themselves the East Ridge Robotics Ominous Raptors (ERRORs). She was assisted by team members Kennedy Uzpen and Alex Gerber. The ERRORs designed and built CubERRt to compete against other robots in tournaments here and in Detroit. They finished in second place May 19 at the Minnesota State High School League Championship at the University of Minnesota.
The pickings were slim, but Sarah Fournier of Woodbury still found some greens to purchase at the June 21 opening of the Cottage Grove Farmers Market. The weekly market opened late this year due to a wintry spring. Some growers are still playing catch-up, market manager Kim Heilmann said, but she said she expects the number of produce vendors at the market to increase in coming weeks.
COTTAGE GROVE — It's a measure of the life lived by Steven Duane Cozad that his unexpected death affected so many. Cozad, 48, of Cottage Grove died June 20 after he was found unresponsive at his home, Newport Fire Chief Steve Wiley said. Cozad served with Wiley on the Newport Fire Department for over 20 years. Cozad's family lost a husband, provider, father and grandfather. The Newport Fire Department lost a capable and courageous comrade. Needy children and families from Newport to Kenya lost a benefactor and advocate.
COTTAGE GROVE - About 85 runners and walkers got their first look at the renovated Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park during the June 24 Run the Ravine 5K. The race capped a weekend of events that included a craft party Friday and goat yoga sessions Saturday. The festivities also included a kids' fun run.
Workers install artificial turf at the playground at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. The park reopened to the public June 19 after a more than a year of extensive renovations. Several grand opening events are scheduled for this weekend, including goat yoga and a 5K race. Motorists should use the new park entrance off Keats Avenue in south Cottage Grove. For more info, visit the Washington County website at www.co.washington.mn.us . Submitted photo courtesy of Washington County
Ralph Marquardt of Cottage Grove owns bragging rights as the owner of a 1963 Ford Falcon Cayuse. If the name of that car doesn't ring a bell, that's probably because there were only two or three made. As Marquardt tells it, his Cayuse is a "concept car" or prototype that Ford designed but never mass-produced. "What attracted me to the car was the fact that it was so rare and so little known," Marquardt said. "I had no idea what it was until my friend came over with the (Hot Rod) magazine article with the Cayuse picture in it."
SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY - More than a dozen Memorial Day ceremonies will take place May 28 at cemeteries, parks and public squares throughout south Washington County. The public is invited. Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park Members of VFW Post 8752 will join American Legion Post 98 on a tour of cemeteries, beginning with an 8 a.m. ceremony at Grey Cloud Island Cemetery.
WOODBURY - Cancer survivor Michelle Meier of St. Paul Park signifies her fight against the disease at the May 18 Relay For Life at East Ridge High School. She is flanked by cancer survivors James Meier and Marian Skarsten. Last week's event featured 52 relay teams, who raised $75,500.for the American Cancer Society. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia