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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The holy month of Ramadan could not have come at a more appropriate time this year. With thousands of children dying from hunger in Somalia, the Muslim community in Woodbury is feeling the crisis a bit more this time. Ramadan is a month-long holiday that requires Muslims to fast during the daylight hours.
A popular catering business closed its doors in Woodbury this summer. Tinucci's Eagle Lake Lane location is no longer open but is still operating at its original location in Newport. Owner Greg Tinucci said one of the three partners -- his brother John Tinucci -- decided to retire, which was the reason behind the closure. "We can't run two restaurants with two people," he added, referring to himself and his other brother Mark Tinucci. The family-owned business served Woodbury for more than eight years.
After years of dealing with prostitution at local massage parlors, Woodbury City Council is expected to pass an ordinance aimed at protecting the city from attracting more illegal activity. The new ordinance, which council will vote on at tonight's meeting, will require existing and new massage therapy businesses to apply for licensing that could cost more than $1,000 in fees. "Right now in the city there really is no licensing at all," said Public Safety Director Lee Vague.
A local bookstore is closing and the increasing popularity of electronic readers is partially to blame. Borders in Woodbury began liquidation late last month after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year. Last Wednesday afternoon, the Woodbury store was hopping with customers of all ages trying to score some deals before the store closes for good. A number of books, movies, CDs, magazines and games were discounted. A wide range of generations were browsing the store -- and not just at its eReader counter. "We were all working hard towards a different outcome, but the
A man who claims he's invented the next Google is showing interest in purchasing the State Farm Insurance Co. building.
Inspired by World Series necklaces, three Woodbury residents are bringing the spirit wear to local sports fans. Gregory Rohm, Jason Ritzer and Tim Clark started the company "Atti2ude Custom Spirit Wear," which features customizable, school-specific sports necklaces for students and fans at Woodbury and East Ridge high schools. "There is a market for spirit wear within our schools and the youth of Woodbury," Ritzer said. The trio have already sold nearly 500 necklaces that are customizable for each school's colors -- black and gold for East Ridge and white and blue for the Royals. The magne
Five-month-old Ian Darst has a reputation of being a good baby. He cracks a smile for everyone he meets, barely crying, screaming or complaining about a thing. He's just a quiet little bundle of joy. And it took him almost six years to get here. His parents, Tara and Andy Darst, struggled to get pregnant at the prime age of 27 and 30.
In a brief Woodbury City Council meeting last week, the city approved an application for development of the new Commerce Hill retail center, among a few other consent agenda items. The Commerce Hill retail center will eventually house two buildings with six or fewer tenants in each. A conditional-use permit for a drive through was also approved for one of the businesses, which would have lanes along the north and west. Community Development Director Dwight Picha told the council that Commerce Hill will likely have a couple of restaurants and retail businesses to mimic a center such as the e
When nature calls, Kurt Rasmussen answers. A new franchise based out of Cottage Grove is now servicing the Woodbury area for pet waste removal. Doody Calls is shooting to become "No. 1 and No. 2" in the business, said Rasmussen, owner of the local franchise. "We know people are busy, people have a lot going on and nobody likes dealing with pet waste. But we do," he added. "Since we started in March, it's become clear there is a definite need for this service out there." Rasmussen, the owner of a chocolate lab, grew up caring for dogs and cats.
It's that time of year again -- as soon as August begins, so does the party. The third annual Night to Unite is set for Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.