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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An adult day care program was praised by Woodbury Planning Commissioners last week, who said the city is in need of such amenities as the population ages. Cerenity Senior Care plans to utilize space at St.
Maybe not everyone is thinking flowers, plants and perennials when there is still snow on the ground, but soon Woodbury will have an opportunity to think spring. The Woodbury Planning Commission on April 15 approved a conditional-use permit for a new greenhouse that will soon open at the Valley Creek Plaza. Linder's Flower Mart will add a 5,184 square foot seasonal sales area that will be permitted to open from April through August. The area, which will be located at the Rainbow Foods parking lot, will have live plants like perennials and annuals. The greenhouse will take up about 32 parki
Two closely-spaced intersections will soon be combined to improve mobility for Woodbury and Cottage Grove motorists. County roads 20 and 22, also known as Military Road and 70th Street South will essentially be one intersection at Woodbury Drive (County Road 19), according to the plans. Washington County Engineer Cory Slagle said the project will improve mobility and fix deteriorated pavement conditions. The intersection of county roads 20 and 19 is just one-eighth of a mile away from county roads 22 and 19, with stop signs at both that slow down traffic, he said. The plan is to construct
A District 833 attorney told a judge Friday that Woodbury High School Principal Linda Plante's argument about pay disparities is "ludicrous, frankly." Trevor Helmers argued that arbitration is not necessary to move forward with the case, citing the collective bargaining agreement and the fact that the Principals Association wasn't involved in the grievance process. "The union is not challenging this," he said. Plante is requesting a judge order mandatory arbitration after district officials rejected multiple petitions she filed in which she expressed concerns over pay and gender discriminat
Washington County will add nine full-time jobs to manage an increasing caseload expected to come with the Affordable Care Act. All five county commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the new positions that will add about $500,000 in annual expenses. Community Services Director Dan Papin called the move an "unusual" and "daunting" request, as he's never had to ask county officials to approve this many positions at once. "Never in this capacity," said Papin, who's worked for the county since 1984. Washington County acts as the "transaction" manager for these programs that are mand
A rainy, cold afternoon didn't stop spectators from coming out to watch the dome deflation event Monday. Woodbury officials deflated the Bielenberg Sports Center "bubble," saying goodbye to one of the city's most popular landmarks that held many public and sporting events over the years. Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens flipped a switch that let air out of the bubble, while kids, adults and members of the community watched as the dome began coming down. "The bubble has served the community well for over 17 years," Stephens said.
In about 90 days, the city's second McDonald's will be up and running. City officials, with owners of the new Woodbury McDonald's and Chamber of Commerce representatives, broke ground Monday morning. The restaurant will be identical to the city's first and only McDonald's located across from Valley Creek Mall. Owners Jim and Patrick Duval, who also own and operate the existing McDonald's, plan to open in July. The new one will serve a growing population as well as eastern Woodbury residents.
Back in 2007, two Canadian students wanted to help out a fellow freshman who was constantly teased for wearing pink. They used email to their advantage and encouraged others to show up to school donning pink clothes in support of the male student. The next thing they knew, hundreds of kids came dressed in pink, which gained attention all across North America as anti-bullying efforts continued to garner support everywhere. But students in most schools don't speak up like the two in the province up north did. About 64 percent of children who were bullied do not report it, according to data g
By now, all Washington County taxpayers have received their tax statements. And some may have been pleased with the 0.2 percent reduction from the proposed amount sent out in the fall. In total, Washington County billed out $374.8 million, an increase of 1.5 percent over 2012. The 2012 amount of $369.3 million was a 3.7 percent jump from the year before, according to data released by the Department of Property Records and Taxpayer Services. Taxes aren't always the same across the board though. Tax Division Manager Joanne Helm said while about 66 percent of residential homestead properties
Although state lawmakers decided not to go through with an increase in the gas tax this year, Washington County officials are making their legislative agenda clear when it comes to regional transportation funding. Washington County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Lisa Weik said constituents need to know who exactly is imposing the increase, and that it shouldn't be local government. Back in 2008, Washington County opted to participate in the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) - a regional coalition that funds transit projects in the metropolitan area through a dedicated quarter-cent