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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WOODBURY -- In an effort to increase resident awareness of where Woodbury's federal dollars go, the annual action plan comment period is now under way, with a public community meeting held last week. Housing Specialist and Associate Planner Karl Batalden, however, did not receive citizen feedback on the plan that provides a strategy for the use of funds allocated to the city by the U.S.
A 46-year-old man was sentenced March 11 in Washington County District Court for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and domestic assault charges relating to a Feb. 19, 2010 incident. Jerry Jay Langner, of Lake Elmo, was ordered to serve 365 days in jail and pay a $3,000 fine suspended for three years with conditions. The charges stem from an incident where Washington County dispatchers received a report that a 62-year-old woman had been assaulted at a Lake Elmo residence.
A highly traveled road in Woodbury is up for some rehabilitation in 2013, and an open house Thursday sought input from residents who may be impacted. Woodbury Drive, also known as County Road 19, is a north-south arterial roadway connecting Cottage Grove, Woodbury and Lake Elmo. The two-lane rural roadway, from Park Crossing to one-fourth mile south of Bailey Road, is deteriorating, project consultants said.
The current city of Woodbury website is long overdue and in need of some upgrades to keep up with the evolving technological times. That's why it's going to look a whole lot different starting the week of April 4 after nine months of work and about $45,000 spent on an upgraded site. "It'll be a different navigation in terms of where (people) will find things.
Three dogs died in a fire that heavily damaged a large two-story Woodbury home March 19. Authorities said the homeowners weren't home at the time and it appeared the fire was going for about four hours before their arrival. One of the homeowners of the 2115 Vermillion Curve house arrived and found the house on fire around 1:30 p.m.
Whether it's a wedding, corporate event or just because you felt like sending flowers to someone special, M Studio Flower Affair has it all. Meghan Kelliher, owner and designer of the new Woodbury flower shop, began working there as a teenager in high school. It was her first job, but then a few years later she bought the place. "They kind of left the store to me in a way," she said of the former owners.
The public safety building and Woodbury City Hall will soon have one more thing in common -- energy efficiency. City officials are exploring plans for a 40kW solar system to be installed on the roof over the parking garage of the public safety building located on Radio Drive. "It's a good opportunity because of the ability to reduce our electrical consumption, and there are some good incentives in terms of rebates associated with the program that we can take advantage of that makes it cost effective," said parks and recreation director Bob Klatt. A more efficient geothermal system was added
Growing up in Nigeria, Cyprian Obasi got sick with malaria almost every month. He would get high fevers, headaches, chills and pain all over. There was medication to treat the symptoms, but he said the side effects were also sickening. If left untreated the disease can cause severe complications and eventually death. "Ninety-nine percent of people bitten by mosquitoes will have malaria," the Woodbury resident said.
The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan hit close to home for an area couple who planned on visiting their home country later this spring. Hide and Satoru Sudoh, members of Woodbury Lutheran Church, have lived in the United States for nearly half a century, but have kept up on events in Japan ever since moving here.
The first thunderstorm of the season caused extensive electrical damage to a Woodbury home early Tuesday morning. Three residents woke up to the strong thunder and evacuated the house safely after lightning struck the roof of their home, fire commander John Wallgren said. "They woke up from the thunder and knew that their house got hit, they smelled smoke," Wallgren said. Firefighters received the call around 3 a.m.