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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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.
Gays and lesbians can now be ordained as leaders in Presbyterian churches across the country, according to a church amendment approved last week. In a meeting held Tuesday, May 10, the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area became the 87th presbytery to approve the amendment that will remove the church's constitutional requirement that all ministers, elders and deacons live in "fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a women." Woodbury's Trinity Presbyterian Church was among the 173-church majority voting in favor of the change, Pastor Gary Hanson said. "While polls over the past
More than 800 members and friends of Crossroads Church gave up their Saturday to pack up thousands of meals for African families and children. The church coordinated the event with Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian organization that distributes the meals. The group topped its ambitious goal of 285,000 meals and ended up packing 286,200 to send to Swaziland, Africa by the end of the 12-hour day. Crossroads Missions Director Lisa Adams said by the end of the first two-hour shift, volunteers had packed 20,000 meals. "I'm just thrilled.
With growing social media outlets used all over the world, Dion Richardson wanted something a little more personal than what's already out there. "It' a social networking site that's really based on video and audio," he said of the creation he named Mr. Jockey. The new social networking site, based out of Richardson's Woodbury home, has nearly 6,000 users. Starting a whole new career in website management and design, Richardson -- though not making as much money as he was in the medical device industry -- said he's now extremely happy running "Mr. Jockey." What makes Mr.
Slowing down speedy drivers could cost Woodbury residents, according to a proposed policy. Woodbury City Council and staff repeatedly went back and forth on what to do to solve the problem -- while trying to please everyone -- at a workshop Wednesday night. Not only did the discussion cover the construction aspects of it, it addressed a subject that may affect everyone in town: assessments. The council was divided on how to pay for future traffic calming projects if they're necessary.
New housing statistics reveal a shortage of affordable rental units in Washington County. The 2011 National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) report states that Minnesota ranks the worst for rental affordability among low-wage workers. And a 2010 report by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency says Washington County ranks worst among the seven metro counties in terms of rent affordability. Housing is considered affordable if it costs less than 30 percent of a household gross income.
A shopping mall? A theater? What about a nice café or restaurant? Could Woodbury possibly get something that mirrors a river walk in San Antonio, Texas? A chunk of Woodbury's south side may be in store for a bit of everything, depending on what's feasible and most desirable. At a May 2 Planning Commission workshop, commissioners and consultants brainstormed a few options for the "L" shaped area located south of Bailey Road and west of Radio Drive near the Bielenberg Sports Center.
The killing of Osama bin Laden has been on the minds of people worldwide. In Woodbury, some are still wondering whether it really happened or not, while others have no doubt that the former al-Qaeda leader is in fact dead. The Woodbury Bulletin asked a few people at Woodbury's Central Park for their reaction to the news. "I think it's about time" - Ron Ibarra. He praised a job well done by U.S. officials and said it demonstrated the leadership that needed to be showcased throughout the process that began after the Sept.