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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Denise Yackel started dancing at 4 years old and by the time she was 13, she was running a dance studio out of her parents' basement, ending up with 40 kids on Saturday mornings. After two decades of dance instruction, Yackel is moving her dance school and studio from Cottage Grove to Woodbury this month. "My lease was up in Cottage Grove and we needed to expand," she said. "And I'm really drawing students from this area." Yackel and her daughter Beth Yackel Wasley will run the studio that will make its debut at the Woodbury Days parade Sunday, Aug. 25.
Washington County motorists will see a $5 tax increase on their license tab renewals starting in January, which will add up to much needed revenue for county road improvements, officials say. The "wheelage tax" the state imposed on all 87 Minnesota counties this year will double from $5 to $10 on each motor vehicle kept in the county.
A new park and ride location near Interstate 94 is expected to relieve congestion at existing facilities with 10 additional express bus trips leaving from Woodbury. Metro Transit officials said they are in the process of acquiring a property at I-94 and Manning Avenue that will have 550 parking spaces for commuters to downtown Minneapolis. "There will be expanded service to Woodbury," said Maurice Roers, manager of facilities planning at Metro Transit. "We'll be adding new express service, but we won't be adding any mid-day (service)."
Woodbury’s newest McDonald’s will open its doors to the public Thursday, revealing months of work on the restaurant that will serve the eastern part of the city. Owners of the...
Muslims in the east metro continue to observe the fasting month of Ramadan this week, entering into the last 10 sacred days. During the month, members of the Islamic Society of Woodbury take turns to host "iftar" dinners, or breaking of the fast meals, each weekend where about 200 people usually attend. "Ramadan is about community," said Maher Mahmood, volunteer. "We want to do as much as we can for the community." The Woodbury mosque has been expanded at the Crossroad Commerce Center to accommodate its growing membership.
There is nothing like food to bring people together. The Woodbury community is gearing up for another night to hold block parties, barbecues or potlucks that would unite neighbors. The Minnesota Night to Unite will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6, and all residents of Woodbury are encouraged to share cultural dishes that spark conversation and help neighbors get to know one another. With the city growing and attracting new residents, the Woodbury Public Safety Department is hoping the whole community will participate in the nationwide event.
County signs agreement to purchase Woodbury's La Lake property Washington County will provide up to $247,000 in Land and Water Legacy funds to the city of Woodbury to purchase 30 acres along La Lake for preservation. County Board approved commitment of the funds at its July 23 meeting. The county will receive a conservation easement over the property, and the fee title to 75 feet along Bailey Road to use for roads and trails.
A new gift shop has found a home at Tamarack Village and plans a grand opening celebration Thursday. The Woods Gifts will open its third Minnesota location in Woodbury, following Maple Grove and Edina. The Woods of Woodbury will be on par with the spaciousness of The Woods in Maple Grove with 4,600 square feet of floor space and about twice the floor space as its Edina location at Southdale Center. The Woodbury location marks the second largest store the company has ever opened.
Washington County officials are considering some changes in park user fees to accommodate a growing number of visitors and additional operations costs. County parks, including the popular Lake Elmo Park Reserve and Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, attract an estimated 1.5 million visitors per year, a 50 percent jump from 2007, according to figures provided by county officials. Visitors entering the parks are required to obtain parking permits, which are also valid at Anoka and Carver county parks, for $25 annually or $5 daily.
Early budget discussions began in Woodbury last week, where city officials said the property tax climate is expected to remain low and non-hostile. The maximum levy, set by the state, can't exceed a 2.76 percent increase in 2014, but Woodbury City Council isn't required to set the preliminary amount until September and finalize it in December. City Administrator Clint Gridley said the recommendation to stick within those limits still keeps the change affordable to local taxpayers.