Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.
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Washington County officials last month authorized an application to seek $1 million of federal funds to pay for Gateway Corridor station area planning. The Federal Transit Administration is soliciting project proposals for the pilot program for transit–oriented development.
Lewann Babler couldn’t hold back tears as she spoke about her 5-month-old’s terminal form of dwarfism that has only affected 100 births in the United States. The Woodbury mom with her husband Ryan kept their son’s condition to themselves for a while. Until it weighed so heavily on the River Falls, Wis.
One Woodbury neighborhood is taking matters into its own hands to make streets safer and more comfortable for residents. An action group is forming in Royal Oaks to address the growing traffic and safety issues on Queens Drive and Courtly Road, kicking off their efforts with a meeting last Sunday. “The neighborhood has suffered from this traffic for a long time and it is getting worse,” said Susan Racine, who’s lived in Royal Oaks since 1982 and is leading the action group. Residents’ main concerns are Queens Drive and Courtly Road, two connector roads that flow traffic from nearby sh
Washington County is seeking funds from the Metropolitan Council for a number of countywide transportation improvement projects that include a pedestrian bridge on the Radio Drive-Interstate 94 bridge. The current crossing is narrow and not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, said county engineer Wayne Sandberg, adding that a second $2 million pedestrian crossing is proposed. The county is also seeking funding for an additional southbound lane on Radio Drive. “Obviously with the redevelopment of the State Farm site, that will be a critical component for capacity,” Coun
A business that manages numerous properties in Woodbury is no longer allowing any campaign signs to avoid further headaches that have resulted from recent events regarding local City Council races. Wellington Management, which owns 18 buildings including the Valley Creek Mall, City Centre Shoppes and Valley Creek Commons, have received complaints from City Council challenger Bill Braun, alleging that the business is purposely supporting the two incumbents by removing his signs and leaving theirs. But the property manager says the business enforc
A store known for its eclectic mix of gifts, home décor, jewelry and clothing is making its way from the big city into the suburb of Woodbury. Patina, which started in Minneapolis in 1991, is expanding and opening its seventh location at a 6,000-square foot space at City Centre. Opening at the end of October, the Woodbury Patina will be the company’s biggest, giving owner Christine Ward the chance to expand on some of her products and provide Woodbury customers variety. “We consider ourselves a lifestyle store, really trying to carry products for everyone; women, men to kids to middle
Julie Ohs and her husband used to have a nickname for Woodbury when they first moved here 20 years ago. “We used to call it Whitebury,” Ohs said, recalling her husband’s term for the once-racially homogenous city, and how he, an African American, used to draw long looks from others here. That has since changed, Ohs and others described during a City Council workshop last week that discussed the city’s efforts to reflect a diverse community in the city’s operations. Woodbury formed a “Diversity and Inclusions” committee that includes three non-white police officers along with other cit
Woodbury City Council incumbents squared off against one of the challengers for the first time at a Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce event last week. Incumbents Julie Ohs and Christopher Burns touted economic growth and successful planning during their time on the City Council, while challenger Bill Braun spoke about his plans to improve public safety response time and dedicate more funds to emergency services. Ohs, who’s running for a third term, praised the city’s past planning that resulted in an additional $10 million in commercial reinvestment this year and mentioned new constructi
The former State Farm campus is looking a little bare and the building a lot more prominent these days. That’s because hundreds of trees have been removed from the site, which is undergoing its transformation to the multi-tenant CityPlace development. Crews ripped up over 1,200 trees that were planted in the mid-1990s to completely revamp the site and replace and reposition parking lots and trails. “The site has dramatically changed from what it was before,” City Planner Eric Searles said.
The former Champps Americana in Woodbury shuttered its doors after three months of operating as “Grill and Bar.” Owner Wayne Belisle confirmed the restaurant closed about three weeks ago but declined to explain reasons for shutting down. Belisle had plans to keep the doors open until figuring out a new concept when a federal bankruptcy order forced all Champps franchisees to remove all names and food proprietary to the company in June. Business at the restaurant slowly declined when the Ch