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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A biennial survey conducted in the City of Woodbury reveals that residents are overall happy with the quality of life. At tonight's workshop, Woodbury City Council will discuss the results that state more people consider property taxes as "about average," communication between the city and residents is good compared to other suburban communities and growth remains a concern, but it continues to diminish as an issue from its highest 1997 level. Out of about 400 randomly selected residents of Woodbury, 20 percent said growth is considered the most serious issue facing the community, 10 percent
Plans for a new arts center in Woodbury are almost complete. The Woodbury Planning Commission approved a plan Monday by the South Washington County School District and the Arts Connection to build Merrill Arts Center at East Ridge High School. The plan is to build a 10,000 square-foot, two-story addition to the school that will consist of a black box theater, scene shop, classroom, gallery and office space for the Arts Connection group. The building design will match the school's existing brick and glass exterior as well as tree canopy on the outside. Michelle Witte, vice president for the
When Woodbury homeowner Eric Levinson noticed some water running off his driveway, he had no idea where it was coming from and didn't know it would cost him up to $6,500 to get the leak fixed.
From churches to banks, government to nonprofits, schools and health care organizations, the Second Annual Woodbury Community Expo was filled with information and activities for all ages. The event, held at the Bielenberg Sports Center, kicked off Saturday morning with people strolling into the field house curious to see what's inside. In addition to interacting with numerous community organizations, visitors got to watch performances by the St.
Adam Lunn believes the night he crashed his car into motorcyclist Adam Gadach, it was a choice - not an accident. "My life was forever changed because of the choices that somebody else made," Gadach said. Four years ago, Gadach was hit head-on by Lunn on a rural St. Croix County, Wis., road. Lunn, who had been driving under the influence, fled the scene and had no idea what he had done. Gadach was airlifted to a hospital where he needed 15 units of blood, underwent 10 hours of surgery and ended up losing his left leg. But the pain that lasted to this day is not just physical.
A Woodbury residence that was severely destroyed by a fire in February is now a public safety issue and a hazardous building that must go, city leaders decided Wednesday. But Woodbury City Council member Amy Scoggins said she doesn't think it should be the city's responsibility to take care of the demolition process. The house, located at 1198 Hillcrest Drive, was extensively damaged by a fire on Feb. 6. It was an investment property being remodeled with no original electrical, plumbing and heating systems.
With National Volunteer Appreciation Week under way, Washington County and the Community Thread presented four individuals and one group of volunteers with plaques of appreciation for continuous community service. Two Woodbury residents and a recently deceased community leader were honored, in addition to others from Washington County, at Tuesday's Washington County Board meeting. Dixie Ewing, a longtime Woodbury resident, received the Lifetime Volunteer Award, while Dick Stafford, who died last month, was also recognized in the same category. The decision to name the two was unanimous by a
Like many aspiring actors, David Collins left cold, snowy Minnesota to pursue a career in show business. The 2005 Woodbury High School graduate moved to California a little over a year ago, where he went on audition after audition, applied for job after job, to be able to pay the bills until something better came along. "I probably applied for like 60 different jobs," he said. Until one day. The last job he applied for, and the one he landed, was at the Saddle Ranch, a restaurant/bar located on the Sunset Strip.
In the 11 years Woodbury police officer Tony Ofstead has been on the job, he's seen a handful of officers die on the job. He was in on the arrest of St. Paul officer Jerry Vick's shooter in May 2005. He was listening to the statewide radio when Lino Lakes' Sean Silvera was struck by a vehicle while deploying stop sticks and his partner was frantically screaming for help in September of 2005.
A new heart clinic will open Monday in Woodbury to complement what's already available at Woodwinds Health Campus. The clinic will be located at the Woodwinds' Birch Center, the medical office building attached to the hospital, with part-time care provided by HealthEast Heart Care cardiologists. "It'll be more of a full service, inpatient/outpatient service," said Dr.