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 Commerce Hill development is growing - slowly but surely. A new, well-known tenant is close to joining the complex where Super Target and CorTrust Bank are located. McDonald's is next in line for review and approval, according to city staff and Woodbury Developers, LLC. Woodbury Planning Commission on Monday, July 18, approved a conditional use permit application for the site.
Woodbury Lakes is making its pitch for trendy, hip and edgy moms to grab their kids and come shopping.
A 611-acre development in south Woodbury finally has a name. Introducing: "Fields of Woodbury." City officials who attended Woodbury City Council workshop last Wednesday agreed the name sounded better than "Sub-phase 2A." The meeting highlighted plans for the development's trunk sanitary sewer project, which is part of Phase 2. A sanitary sewer trunk extension -- in the Phase 2 development -- is necessary to serve the area generally bounded by Bailey Road on the north, Radio Drive to the west and Woodbury Drive to the east along with the southwest corner of Bailey Road and Radio Drive. Th
More than 100 people came out to Tamarack Nature Preserve Thursday, July 14, to check out a rare wetland area that houses numerous plants, flowers and animal diversity. The annual tour attracted all age groups and was divided into separate groups based on interest levels. Most of those who attended chose the general tour, which showcased how the wetland cleanses storm water, adds to local groundwater reservoirs and sustains native vegetation. Visitors got an up-close look at exotic flowers and plants that they rarely get to see on a stroll down most other trails.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto released the 2010 Local Government Lobbying Services report Thursday, July 14, highlighting cities' expenditures toward lobbying efforts. The city of Woodbury did not contribute any money toward specific lobbying or legislative initiatives, according to city officials. "We haven't used city funds to lobby for a specific issue in quite some time," said Matt Stemwedel, assistant to the city administrator.
Woodbury taxpayers could see a slight levy increase, by way of street improvement costs. Woodbury City Council discussed the preliminary 2012 budget at last Wednesday's workshop where staff presented different scenarios detailing a percentage increase in the street reconstruction fund. A 2 percent increase, or $563,000, is the recommended amount for street maintenance and rehabilitation projects, according to city administrator Clint Gridley.
After living at their house for 18 years, Ralph Hogencamp and Sandra McDonald decided in 2002 to add a water feature to fix an erosion problem due to their location on a hill. But the 100-foot stream turned out to be much more than a solution for the Woodbury couple. It has become a relaxing, natural spot where running water, chirping birds and wildlife visits create a north-woods setting smack-dab in the middle of suburbia.
Studies show that the more weight joints carry, the weaker they get. "It's well known in the medical literature that there is a correlation between body weight, body size, obesity, body mass index and the onset of arthritic change," said Woodwinds orthopedic surgeon Jack Drogt.
Josie Beeson thinks if state workers are out of work, then legislators shouldn't get paid either. "It's just not right," she said. "Maybe that will get their butts in gear." The Cottage Grove resident has been going to Woodbury's R.H. Stafford Library every morning since she was laid off June 30 as a result of the state government shutdown.
For Kristin Pruitt and Lisa Valera, celebrating the Fourth of July with family is not an easy thing. In fact, they usually just avoid it. Pruitt's 12-year-old son was diagnosed eight years ago with autism that is triggered by noise, crowded spaces and hectic events. Johnathon is a monotone boy who's uncomfortable with hugging, expressing emotion and making eye contact. On the other hand, Valera's 7-year-old daughter, Alyssa, who was diagnosed with autism nine months ago, is an outgoing, flamboyant type of girl.