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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Autumn Transport, a Woodbury trucking company, celebrated the groundbreaking of an expansion to its office building, located at 6550 Courtly Road on Thursday, Aug. 11. Pictured from left are: Jill Strobel, building owner, Bev Rieks, company vice president, Lowell Rieks, company president, Julie Andrich, owner of the building, and Dustin Rossbech, project manager. The company is expanding to accommodate the growing staff and operations.
Residents who live on Courtly Road in Woodbury will be assessed about $213 each for road improvements this year. Four businesses will also get hit with a bill. Woodbury City Council held a public assessment hearing Wednesday, Aug.
A new business aimed at helping developmentally disabled children through a 12-week program opened last week in Woodbury. Brain Balance, located at Season's Market, and owned by Dr. David Stussy, is using non-medical procedures to treat "functional disconnection." The process is based on 40 years of research. The first Brain Balance Minnesota location opened in Excelsior. It is part of a nationwide program that provides individualized attention to help children with neurobehavioral challenges.
Though Woodbury's proposed 2012 property tax levy is flat, water rates were set to go up slightly. But City Council suggested Wednesday at its annual budget workshop to keep water rates stable instead of imposing a 3.4 percent increase. Water rates in Woodbury have stayed flat for six consecutives years at $0.88 per 1,000 gallons, but the 2012 budget proposed an increase to $0.91 per 1,000 gallons -- a 3.4 percent change.
The proposed 2012 property tax levy in Woodbury will not increase by even the slightest percentage thanks to a new, last-minute bill passed in July by the Legislature. City Administrator Clint Gridley said the state's abolishment of the Market Value Homestead Credit (MVHC) gave the city the extra cushion it needed to keep the levy flat for the first time in recent history. The original proposal in July was to bump the levy by 2 percent, but now it will stay unchanged at about $28.1 million. Woodbury City Council reviewed the $64.4 million preliminary budget at a workshop Wednesday at the ne
An energy company that recently acquired a number of Super America gas stations will soon fill the former Gateway Corporate Center in Woodbury. The company, Northern Tier Energy LLC, is an independent downstream energy company headquartered in Ridgefield, Conn., with a refinery in St.
Woodbury will soon have a second funeral home, a family-owned business that has been looking to join the community for more than a decade. Woodbury Planning Commission members approved a conditional-use permit for O'Halloran & Murphy funeral home at the Aug. 1 meeting. City Council also approved the recommendation at Wednesday's meeting. Owners of the St. Paul-based funeral home and cremation service, John and Michael O'Halloran, first submitted an application in 2000 to build the funeral home in the Reliance City Center East complex.
After years of dealing with prostitution at some local massage parlors, Woodbury police are proposing an ordinance aimed at protecting the city from attracting more illegal activity. The new ordinance, which Woodbury City Council decided to table at Wednesday night's meeting, would 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.
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.