Hannah Black is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism interested in the intersection of politics and the everyday lives of citizens. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and concerts, and trying new coffee shops and breweries. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.
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The Woodbury property tax levy is set to increase by 5.2 percent in 2019, city officials said at a Sept. 12 budget proposal meeting. The increase is partially due to the city's contribution to the HERO (Health and Emergency Response Occupations) Center, City Administrator Clint Gridley said. Taxes on homes valued at the median $296,700 will increase an estimated $31 in 2019. The proposed general fund budget for 2019 is $35.7 million, up from the $34.1 million general fund budget in 2018.
ST. PAUL — Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens was named the "Elected Official of Note" at the annual Leaders in Local Government Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The luncheon, put on by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce and several other East Metro chambers, honored four regional government organizations and an elected official who "exemplify and demonstrate innovation, excellence and success in local government," according to a news release.
Woodbury native Caleigh Proulx is a finalist in PBS' "Celebration of Music" talent competition. Caleigh, 11, will perform a lyrical contemporary dance solo to the song "What a Feeling." She began dancing at age two at Woodbury Dance Center and joined the competition team at age five. She said she's been working on this particular solo for two years and has performed it at competitions before. The talent competition seemed like a "great opportunity" to Caleigh because she said it seemed like something fun to try.
Woodbury police officers looked on as two 10-week-old Belgian Malinois puppies snuffled around in the grass. Though they were looking for hot dogs, the puppies were also learning important tracking techniques. Sgt. Jason Posel, the city's head K-9 trainer, calls it "putting meaning to odor." As Posel walked around in a small patch of grass, laying down hot dog pieces as he went, he had also flattened the grass with his feet.
The Allen S. King power plant, a coal power plant run by Xcel Energy, marked 50 years of operation on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Oak Park Heights. The celebration was attended by Xcel Energy leadership, including Chris Clark, president of Xcel Energy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, plant director Brian Behm, Oak Park Heights Mayor Mary McComber, members of the Stillwater and Hudson chambers of commerce, and current and retired plant employees.
WOODBURY — A Minneapolis man has been charged with promoting prostitution of an individual. Johnny Shamar Williams, 35, is being held in the Washington County Jail awaiting further proceedings. According to the criminal complaint, the charge relates to an undercover operation conducted by the East Metro Human Trafficking Task Force, a unit established in 2015 by the Washington County Attorney's Office with the goal of pursuing and prosecuting labor and sex trafficking.
Beau Bieniek has dropped out of the race for Woodbury City Council. Bieniek said that because of recent changes in work responsibilities, he would not be able to put in the time and effort needed to run for City Council. He wished all of the candidates well with their campaigns. Bieniek's name will remain on the fall ballot, as the period for official withdrawal from the race has passed.
Performing in Italy was another step toward a dream for Anna Swanson. The Woodbury native, who is entering her junior year at Concordia College in Moorhead, participated in the InterHarmony International Music Festival from July 4-17 in Acqui Terme, a city in the province of Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy. A flutist for 10 years, Swanson plays the instrument in her school's Concordia Band. She learned of the festival from her flute teacher, who attended as a professor.
Musician Billy McLaughlin will be the special guest at Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf's second-annual Connecting Community Breakfast on Sept. 20 in Oakdale. CCEFS is a non-profit that provides food to struggling people in Woodbury, Oakdale and neighboring communities. The food shelf will also celebrate its 35th anniversary at the breakfast, and attendees will be assembling 500 weekend meals for local children.
Evelyn Garbe, a lifelong resident of Woodbury known for her faith, died the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Woodbury Senior Living. She was 103. Born Evelyn Marie Caroline Warnke on June 12, 1915, to some of the first farmers to settle in Woodbury, she grew up on Bailey Road. She had three brothers: Alvin, Arthur and Lloyd. The future Bailey Elementary School would be built on her family's original land.