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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After the city of Woodbury was hit with a federal lawsuit in February alleging its local ordinance violates First Amendment rights, a city official decided to look at the city...
A little girl’s dream space, all decked out with a party room, glamourous chandeliers and twirly dresses can be found at one of the retail malls in Woodbury. “I just had a vision of cute,” said Angie Bottemiller, owner of Pout In Pink.
Woodbury City Council can only drop the property tax levy from the 2.8 percent hike it set in a split vote last week, when the time comes to approve the final 2015 budget in December. The council voted 3-1 with one member opposing the budget and another absent. Dissenting Council Member Christopher Burns said he thought the budget could’ve been tightened a bit and some of the available funds in the $150 million fund balance could’ve been used to pay for some of the expenses. “There are ways within the rules to use some of the fund balance,” he said. Burns also suggested cutting dow
A Woodbury school was on temporary lockdown early Tuesday afternoon as police handled a domestic situation in the area. According to Woodbury Police, the incident occurred around 1:30 p.m.
A giant church is opening in Woodbury this weekend after nearly two years of fundraising and construction. Eagle Brook Church will have a permanent campus on the east side of the Twin Cities with a new auditorium that seats 1,500 to accommodate a growing congregation the church has established over the years. About 800 Woodbury families were already attending Eagle Brook Church services in White Bear Lake and Lino Lakes campuses until 2010 when the church decided to open a temporary location at East Ridge High School, said executive pastor Scott Anderson. “Woodbury is the
All six cities along the Gateway Corridor have officially approved a bus rapid transit alignment that runs along the north side of Interstate 94 before dropping into Woodbury at the end of the proposed line at Manning Avenue. But they weren’t all unanimous votes. Woodbury passed the resolution 3-1 Wednesday with one council member absent and another opposing the project, citing reasons for not having the opportunity to respond to neighboring cities’ concerns and wish lists for the alignment. The dissenting council member, Christopher Burns, said he thought a more firm plan for what to
Munching on an apple he picked from a tree near a 1917 apple sprayer, Wayne Schilling walked through his farm reflecting on nearly 160 years of history. A red 1920s machine shed is still standing, though Schilling was careful not to accidentally crush a piece of it. “I better not lean too hard against it,” he said with a laugh. Schilling inherited the property from great-great grandfather John Frederick who settled in Woodbury from Germany in 1856, starting out with 80 acres before expanding and passing the farm down from generation to generation. The property, just southwest of Ra
City Place, a 100-acre development previously occupied by State Farm Insurance, was sold for $12 million, according to Washington County property records. The joint venture between Florida-based Elion Partners and Minnesota’s Kraus-Anderson involves numerous other partners as they take on multiple parcels for development for various uses. The sale was finalized Friday, Sept. 12. Washington County tax records indicate a 2014 estimated market value of $20.6 million.
Washington County Board adopted a preliminary tax levy last week with a 3.5 percent bump, but voted to freeze their own salaries for 2015. The levy increase, combined with a 13 percent rise in property values, would add $41 to the average home’s county portion of the tax bill. County commissioners unanimously approved the budget after hearing changes and requests from each department over the past few weeks. County Board will approve the final levy in December, at which point it could only be reduced from the proposed $90.7 million amount, as state law requires. Washington County’s
Known as Woodbury’s “crown jewel,” the new $22 million Bielenberg Sports Center is ready for its debut after years of planning and months of construction. Designs that were first revealed on paper are now reality with a two-story lobby, football size field house, outdoor ice rink, a splash pad and space for meetings, events and conventions. The complex boasts hundreds of acres of green space on the exterior and city officials hope the expansion will only continue to benefit local residents and attract outside users. Plans for the new center k