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 restaurant once hopping with live music and Asian food lovers said goodbye to its CityWalk location because liquor license fees were too high. Shanghai Bistro owner Henry Chan said he chose not to renew his liquor license when it expired in April and chose to re-locate to Stillwater. "One of the biggest reasons we moved: it's $10,000 for liquor licensing," he said. "It's cheaper in downtown Minneapolis." Chan said he's now paying $2,600 in Stillwater and about $500 in Hudson and Eau Claire, Wis.
It's been two years since Dan Drevnick of Woodbury was killed in Iraq while serving with the 34th Military Police Red Bulls. He was a vibrant 22-year-old with a passion for high performance vehicles and motorcycles. People said he knew how to break the ice at every social setting and bridge the gap between different generations. To honor him and other soldiers, his father Ken Drevnick will read a poem at this year's Memorial Day ceremony scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Woodbury residents living on Wooddale Drive, Tower Drive, Woodlane Hills, Woodcliff and Cochrane Drive will be assessed for a $4.2 million road rehabilitation project this year. Woodbury City Council held an assessment hearing Wednesday, May 25, where City Engineer Klayton Eckles explained the scope of the project and how benefiting properties will be assessed. Residential properties will be charged one-third of the cost over a 15-year period at a 4 percent interest rate, while commercial properties are typically assessed 90 to 100 percent of the cost depending on the type of road they're on
A Woodbury man filed a civil suit against the city after he was ordered to stop using his outdoor boiler because it was considered a public nuisance. Brad Vier, who lives in the 6300 block of Bailey Road, said he requested permission to install the boiler, which was used to provide heating to his home, two years ago and there was no ordinance against it then. But city officials said he didn't request the proper permit and that the smoke and particles from the boiler were a public hazard. "We did some research and really made the determination, from a public health standpoint, it wasn't a fa
The first multi-lane roundabout in Minnesota at Radio Drive and Bailey Road is the reason why Washington County Public Works is being recognized by the American Public Works Association. The award, "Exceptional Performance in Journalism," was given to the department for its education efforts that helped drivers get more comfortable navigating the roundabout. The campaign "Roundabout U" started when the discussions to build a roundabout began in 2006. While gathering resident input, County Engineer Wayne Sandberg said "we realized we weren't getting through to people." Some people were too
New census data shows a nearly 50 percent jump in Woodbury's renter-occupied housing units since the 2000 census, an increase in the minority population and a slight increase in unmarried partners living together. Part of that increase is attributed to the growing housing market in the city with a number of new apartments built in the last decade, Housing Specialist Karl Batalden said. But another factor is the sour economy that led a number of people to double up, rent part of their homes to help with mortgage costs or leave their homes to escape hefty monthly payments, said Washington Coun
A national organization now has a chapter in Woodbury for those who are looking to volunteer in various community service projects. Women of Today began work with a fundraiser for Clutch for Cause, which gives financial assistance to single parents, earlier this month. The new organization will meet the second Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
When Karen Graves found a lump on her breast six years ago, she chose not to tell anyone, though she was sure it was cancer. The Woodbury woman was diagnosed by her doctor just a few days later at 47 years old. "When you think you have cancer or when you're told you have cancer, you feel like you got kicked in the stomach," she said, which is why she chose to wait to tell her husband and two children. It was stage 2A breast cancer that gave her three tumors. It was aggressive; she needed surgery and extensive chemotherapy and radiation. But she stayed positive.
Local business and community members gathered Thursday morning for the Annual Business Town Meeting at Eagle Valley Club House, where a number of new and expanded businesses were recognized for work they've completed this year -- including the only Super Target built in the nation in 2011. Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said economic development is a mission that is "dear to my heart" and it's important to keep business retention a top priority in Woodbury. "We do look ahead to the future, we do plan, and that has helped us in the short run as well," she said.
Two large discount stores will open late this summer in Woodbury just a short distance apart off Radio Drive. Less than three months after Ultimate Electronics announced its bankruptcy and closure, officials from Savers said it's taking over the Woodbury location.