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A sign of proud homeowners

Royals Oaks neighborhood residents celebrate the dedication of their new entrance monument as Woodbury Mayor Bill Hargis snaps their photo. Staff photo by Scott Wente.1 / 2
Steve Mollner, left, and Tom Halfpenny pour water collected from Valley Creek for a blessing of the new Royal Oaks neighborhood entrance monument as retired pastor and Royal Oaks resident Doug Nicholas, foreground, dedicates the sign. Staff photo by Scott Wente.2 / 2
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Woodbury Bulletin
A sign of proud homeowners
Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

The Royal Oaks neighborhood is more than 40 years old, but now you will know it's there.

Royal Oaks residents created an entrance monument to their development, a stone-and-wood sign identifying the neighborhood to passersby. With contributions ranging from $10 to $100, volunteer help and neighbor support, the stone-and-wood monument was recently bought, built and blessed.

Yes, blessed.

The neighborhood, nearly as old as the city itself, is a foundation in Woodbury, residents said last week as they dedicated the sign at Valley Creek Road and Queens Drive by blessing it with water from Valley Creek. Long-time resident Hank Kolashinski and new resident Janet Meyer each splashed a cup of water onto the sign.

"We pour water on this to remind ourselves that this is a vibrant, flourishing neighborhood within a vibrant, flourishing community," said Doug Nicholas, a Royal Oaks resident and retired Woodbury United Methodist Church pastor.

The complete story is available in the Wednesday, July 7 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin.