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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On a late Friday morning, Central Park's traffic was steady, calm and people could easily find spaces to sit. It may have been the nice weather outside after recent days of gloominess and rain, but it may have also been an ordinance that's now strictly enforced by city officials. The ordinance, which prohibits members of the public from using the park for business meetings, tutoring or any other jobs for personal gain, is nothing new. But it's now posted everywhere. "Almost every table was being used for sustained business practices," Recreation Supervisor Jodi Sauro said.
Woodbury City Council reviewed last week a planning document highlighting projects and adjustments to various city funds over the next five years. The Wednesday, June 15 workshop discussed the annual Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which details specific projects for the year 2012, but gets broader the following four years. "This is an important planning tool," Finance Director Tim Johnson said. He added that the property tax levy has been constant since 2008 and there will not be a projected increase in 2012.
The baby boomers -- 1.5 million strong in Minnesota -- will lead the state into uncharted territory as they continue to age, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
The future of Woodbury's southern reaches so far appears vibrant and colorful. A new grocery store will be first to join "Bielenberg Garden," a retail center to be built as part of the Urban Village, an "L" shaped area located east of Radio Drive and south of Bailey Road, near Bielenberg Sports Center.
With the economic downturn over the last three years, the golf industry was one of many that got hit with declining revenues. Eagle Valley Golf Course, a Woodbury municipal operation, was not immune to the dismal economy. Revenue projections made in the 1990s have not been met, according to city documents. Woodbury City Council reviewed a plan at last Wednesday's workshop that would modify Eagle Valley's debt structure starting in 2012.
The children's rhyme goes something like this: "Ring around the rosy, pocket full of posy. Ashes, ashes, we all fall down." When Darrell Rohling of Woodbury was thinking of a title for his debut novel "Ashes, Ashes" he wanted something that almost everyone can relate to, but still made sense to what the story is all about. "I didn't want anything too sensational," he said.
The year 2014 can't come soon enough for Bielenberg Sports Center Manager Dave Black -- after all it'll be the year the center will likely get a major facelift. At Wednesday's Woodbury City Council workshop meeting, Black explained the need for additional locker room space, and field house turf and dome remodeling. The meeting highlighted Bielenberg's operations for the year 2010 as well as potential improvements and plans to expand the facility in 2014. The council has not officially voted on a construction plan, but over the last few months, members have discussed options with city staff
Firefighters call her the mother of the Woodbury Fire Department. This year, the fire department is celebrating 50 years and there is one person who's been involved in all of its lifetime. Dorothy Richardson was an auxiliary member married to one of the founding fathers of the department, Calvin Richardson, before Woodbury was even a city. She was a two-time vice president and one of the firefighter wives who organized fundraisers, cooked meals and even attended fire calls. "It was a dedication that became a fun type of volunteer work," Richardson said. Richardson witnessed the signing of
A new business is making a return to the classic beauty shop. Kris Halseth recently opened Salon 755 at the Tamarack Hills complex with hopes to take customers back to the day when salons were a daylong destination. "We don't like fast hair, we want to do quality hair," the licensed cosmetologist said.
Gunshots, helicopters and police sirens were heard from miles away. But it wasn't a pursuit or a crime being committed that brought more than 70 K-9 police officers and dogs to Woodbury on Sunday. The Region 18 K-9 trials were held for three days and the public got to see the action up close on the East Ridge High School football field this weekend. Audience members of all ages applauded, cheered and appeared impressed by the dogs' ability to respond to various types of orders from their handlers. All of the dogs that were registered to compete in the trials were seeking certification as p