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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After five years without a pay increase, Woodbury City Council had to face an "awkward" subject Wednesday. The city's human resources department requested council's input on their own pay, which staff said is about 30 percent less than the average wage for mayors and council members in comparable metro area suburbs. Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens and the rest of the council come in last after cities like Bloomington, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie and Cottage Grove, according to a survey that human resources gathered. "It shows that we are significantly behind other cities," said Jody Vog
A sewer project taking place in the southern part of Woodbury will be happening around the clock. Woodbury City Council voted last Wednesday to allow Northwest Asphalt to work extended hours on the Bailey Lake trunk sanitary sewer project that began Oct.
Code Red Woodbury City Council approved an agreement with Washington County for providing a mass emergency notification system, also known as Code Red.
A resident's request for free speech at the Veterans Memorial site in Woodbury has triggered a possible change in a city ordinance. James Grinols recently approached the city of Woodbury to obtain a permit to speak at the Veterans Memorial site on Sept.
Woodbury Planning Commission approved a plan by Newland Communities to add 134 single family and 51 multi-family homes to the Stonemill Farms neighborhood. At the Oct. 3 meeting, Woodbury Associate Planner Eric Searles said the plan calls for setbacks consistent with the rest of Stonemill Farms properties. The original approval by City Council in June 2002 was for a development called Eagle Crest. It was later named Stonemill Farms. The plan called for 1,200 lots on 675 acres over 12 phases. So far, 852 lots have been platted.
Woodbury joined First Lady Michelle Obama in her efforts to break Guinness World Record Wednesday. After she did jumping jacks with 400 children on the South Lawn of the White House for a straight minute Tuesday, Woodbury did the same thing Wednesday at Woodwinds Health Campus. The goal was to break Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks for one minute, in a 24-hour period. In Woodbuy, 66 people helped contribute to the goal of 20,000.
Dancing for an hour straight?
The former Woodbury TGI Friday's will not sit vacant for long. The site is currently under construction and remodeling that will fit the look and feel of a western saloon. The restaurant, Wild Bill's, is a Minnesota-based company with three other locations in the state that began opening in 2009. Owner Mike Tupa said the space will have a "western saloon atmosphere" with a heavy concentration on fresh food and a peanut bar. The Radio Drive location will have 48 televisions all in HD, he added. "We basically can show any game at any time in the U.S.," Tupa said. Wild Bill's Saloon is know
A piece of Woodbury will soon find a new home thousands of miles away. Instead of throwing out playground equipment this year, the city of Woodbury donated it to a nonprofit organization known for packing and shipping meals to third world countries. The group, Kids Around the World, is not only catering to the hungry. The organization has been removing outdated playground structures from around the United States to send to children all over the world since 2009. "It's the ultimate in recycling," said Diana Hamachek, assistant to the playground director for Kids Around the World.
No matter how many times Anita Dittman tells stories of her holocaust days, she breaks down in tears every single time. As a little girl, she was told she had a wonderful future as a ballerina. She came from a wealthy family, lived in a nice, suburban-type home with her parents and sister. "Then Adolf Hitler came to power and things began to change," she said. She was tortured, sexually harassed, starved and forced to work for the Nazis. The 84-year-old Brainerd, Minn., woman will visit Woodbury Monday, Oct.