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As the plan for the Ojibway Park redevelopment nears its final design phase, some neighbors voiced concern that the project could disrupt the balance between the park's natural and developed spaces. The current plan, which offers a conceptual, but not definite outline for the project, aims to create a more cohesive system of walking paths and signage. Lydia Major, the project's landscape architect, said the updated park could also include more "comfort elements," like nature-based play areas and more seating around athletic fields.
A former City of Woodbury employee said he's evaluating legal options after the City Council voted to terminate his position in the public works department. Council members unanimously approved an Oct. 25 resolution to remove of James Snow, a city employee of five years, from his position with Engineering and Public Works' streets and stormwater division. The resolution called for a non-disciplinary termination. Snow requested a public discussion and attended the meeting with International Union of Operating Engineers - Local 49 representatives.
City officials plan to seek more public input on a proposed canopy over the HealthEast outdoor skating rink. Members of the Woodbury Area Hockey Club, the group behind the proposal, say the $1.7 would would extend the skating season and help generate revenue during slow periods. Discussions on the project stem from a contract the city penned with HealthEast in April to re-name the arena formerly called the Bielenberg Sports Center.
Kendall Johnson compares pornography consumption to compulsive shopping: as people desire more and more of something, their desires are harder to satisfy. The Woodbury resident says an abundant supply and easily accessible supply of online porn can act as a "gateway drug" fueling relationship issues and dangerous habits. Some of those habits, he said, could escalate to seeking paid sex through platforms like Backpage.com, a website that gained notoriety as a hub for sex trafficking advertisements.
Woodbury Leadership Academy hosts astronomy night.
Lucifer Nguyen, the New Hope man accused of killing 48-year-old Beverly Cory in July while she worked in her Mendota Heights office, has been indicted by a Dakota County grand jury. Nguyen, 44, now faces charges of first-degree murder and two second-degree murder charges in addition to nine other charges filed Oct. 12, which include assault, burglary and kidnapping, according to a Dakota County Attorney's Office announcement Friday, Oct. 20.
A Woodbury man with a previous felony domestic assault conviction is accused of using a belt embedded with metal hoops to beat a teenager. Jaime Taraki Shavers, 37, faces a misdemeanor charge of malicious punishment of a child causing less than substantial bodily harm. According to a criminal complaint filed Oct. 5 in Washington County, a 14-year-old girl reported Shavers used the belt to hit her as punishment for "being disrespectful" at school.
Improved communication and unity dominated the objectives members of the Twin Cities' Ethiopian community pinpointed during their brainstorming sessions with the Human Immersion Lab in Woodbury. A coordination among the Woodbury YMCA, Woodbury Community Foundation, Woodbury Thrives and Minneapolis-based Mission Impact Council, the Immersion Lab took place in three four-hour brainstorming sessions over two months. The program aimed to help community leaders and Ethiopian residents identify their needs and formulate their own solutions.
Kids explored Woodbury's Fox Run Fire Station at an open house event Oct. 14.
The Woodbury Days Council and volunteers will celebrate the annual event's fourth decade next summer with a new leader at its helm. The council elected Kati Cheney, the group's former vice president, to replace Theresa Janechek. After more than 20 years as council president, Janechek stepped down in August but agreed to offer her guidance to the event's new leaders. The planning process for the 2018 event will start later this week. Cheney said she'll draw inspiration from Janechek, whom she said "lives and breaths Woodbury."