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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The organizers of a local 5K are not thankful another race has been scheduled in Cottage Grove two days after their Turkey Day event. Since 2010, the annual Hale to the Bird 5K run/walk on Thanksgiving morning has drawn local runners and walkers to the 3.1-mile course that begins and ends in Hamlet Park. Over 550 participated in last year's pre-gobble gallop, which raised $6,000 for the Friends in Need Food Shelf. This year, however, race organizers have competition: The Cottage Grove Turkey Trot 5K debuts two days later in Kingston Park.
Peter Favilla got the phone call in November 2015. Favilla, 47, is a married father of two teenage children living in Houlton, Wis. Twenty years ago, he was a 24-year-old graduate student working toward his MBA at Indiana University. The caller said they were calling him on behalf of the Indiana Blood Center. Favilla drew a blank. "I said, 'So why are you calling me?' They said, 'You signed up for the National Marrow Donor Program 20 years ago when you were in graduate school.'"
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."
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—South Washington County School officials said they have shut off 95 water fixtures in buildings where concentrations of lead exceeded federal guidelines. Test results, posted last week on the Twin Cities suburbs' district website, flagged sinks, kitchen sprayers, kitchen kettles and at least six drinking fountains, including schools in Woodbury and Cottage Grove. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that action be taken if water used for consumption in schools exceeds 20 parts per billion (ppb) of lead.