Riham Feshir has been a reporter/ photographer with the Woodbury Bulletin since 2011. She covers Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news around the city. Riham holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked for two other Forum Communications newspapers in Central Minnesota.
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About a dozen single family homes are planned for the Highland Knoll development. Snowman Construction is proposing to build 13 detached townhomes on the vacant lots this summer, according to an application submitted to the city of Woodbury. The lots were previously planned as multi-family residential, but the zoning was amended by the Woodbury Planning Commission last week to allow for single family homes. The Highland Knoll development was approved by City Council in 2005.
All coffee addicts out there may appreciate the plans that a Woodbury Starbucks has in store. The company and property manager of the Valley Creek Plaza location plan to expand the coffee shop to add a drive-thru by the end of this fall. The existing building is about 3,100 square feet with Starbucks and Potbelly Sandwich constructed through the Woodbury Village project in 1990. Starbucks plans to expand by 600 square feet to allow for a new drive-thru with two windows, according to an application submitted to the city of Woodbury. The store will also have new seating and a remodeled inter
"Let's hang out." A simple idiom understood and used regularly by Americans. Now try looking up the phrase word for word. Let: to allow or to permit. Us: the objective case of we. Hang: to fasten from above. Out: away from the inside. "Allow we to fasten away from the inside." Huh? That may be the reaction by an English Language Learner using a handheld translator to understand the sentence on the go. "These are expressions that we take for granted and understand what they mean," said Linda Melin, an adult basic education ESL teacher for South Washington County schools.
La Vie means "the life" in French. Owners of the former Collectors Gallery Dan and Karen Runze had been contemplating the name change for a while. About 10 years, actually. The store has been a part of Tamarack Village since its inception more than 16 years ago. "There was hardly anything else here," Karen Runze said. "I think the parking lot was still dirt." What started out as a collectibles store changed from exclusively that into more of a gift and high quality brand destination. "Collectibles began to lose their popularity," Runze said.
For the first time in a long time, the Woodbury Lions Club has members of all ages and both genders. It used to be mainly seniors, said member Don Place, until the group began recruiting younger, dedicated members who plan to be involved for years to come. The efforts got the group recognized recently by District 5M-6, which includes Washington, Ramsey and Dakota counties. "For many, many years, up to the mid-80s, it was a male only organization," said Dave Dominick, district 5M-6 governor.
Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens recognized three new construction businesses and 20 other local businesses for their continued investment in Woodbury.
An already popular Woodbury lake is about to get even more attention. Colby Lake, a place where many residents walk, bike and run, will soon have a place to sit, throw a fishing lure and catch some fish. With shoreline fishing already taking place at the lake, and a new aeration system the city put in this year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decided to add Colby Lake to its Fishing in the Neighborhood program. "We see all sorts of fishing on all the small lakes in the city," Woodbury Parks and Recreation Director Bob Klatt said, adding that Colby Lake has seen an increase in
As soon as patrons walk into Cowboy Jack's, they're greeted by a big mechanical bull sitting in the middle of a whopping 11,000 square-foot restaurant. Barn doors, wagon wheels, rustic chandeliers and bar tables made out of barrels are just a fraction of what makes up the western theme that's been months in the making. Walk outside to one of the patios and you'll also see a sand volleyball court that will soon be ready for tournaments and outdoor entertainment. Cowboy Jack's opened its doors Monday after nearly seven months of remodeling and overhauling the building that last housed Woody's
Although the local library lost about 24 percent in hours due to Washington County budget cuts last year, the R.H.
Renee Haugen knows all too well what it's like to wind up with multiple odds and ends over the years. But she also knows how to get rid of it all -- from vintage clothing, household goods to baby items and even ceramic geese. In the 10 years she's participated in the annual Woodbury Lions Community Garage Sale, she's sold everything from a pair of off-white mountain boots to men's attire she never imagined anyone would buy. "It was like a blast from the 60s," she said. "...