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 Board approved a new measure that will allow homeowners to borrow money to fix failing septic systems. The low interest loan program was given final approval Feb. 4 and may save more than 17,000 septic systems and 50,000 residents from having to pay out of pocket for the large expense. Washington County began looking into failing septic system funding programs last year.
A new senior housing project received two key votes when the Woodbury Planning Commission and the City Council approved a Comprehensive Plan amendment, rezoning and conditional-use permit for Saint Therese. Saint Therese plans to build a multi-phased development as part of Urban Village, located southwest of Bailey Road and Radio Drive, where the new Bielenberg Gardens retail center is currently under construction. The project will have 208 senior housing units that will include independent, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care. Future phases of the project could also
A whopping 50,000 square feet of retail space that has sat empty for five years in Woodbury has finally gotten a new tenant. Hobby Lobby opens Friday in the former Sportsman’s Warehouse location near the Hudson Road and Woodbury Drive intersection. The Woodbury location is the company’s third Minnesota store and first in the Twin Cities. Store manager Barry Hewitt said many of the store’s clients have been driving to Mankato or Rochester to shop at Hobby Lobby.
Members of the Croix Chordsmen Chorus surprised Red Rock Elementary second grade teacher Tammy Smutny with a singing valentine, card and a rose Thursday in the same classroom her husband, Mark, proposed one year ago.
While AIDS prevention was the focus of health studies in Washington County back in the 1990s, the focus has shifted to obesity, mental health and chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. A new Washington County survey reveals the leading cause of death is still cancer, followed by heart disease, Alzheimer’s and stroke. Washington County conducted its five-year Community Health Assessment in 2013 and released the results last week.
Tiffany Huang always wanted to carry a baby, feel every kick, hiccup and flutter. But when the Woodbury woman found out she couldn’t get pregnant, she and her husband Simon began considering adoption. But not just traditional adoption – embryo adoption, too. The process combines all the aspects of adopting a baby – from home studies to classes – with new embryo implantation technology. “But the big difference is that I would be able to experience pregnancy,” Tiffany said.
Two St. Paul men were charged with identity theft Monday in connection with a month-long mail theft spree in Woodbury. Run-Ger Vang, 25, and Chao Moua, 26, were charged in Ramsey County District Court with one count each of identity theft after authorities uncovered hundreds of different identities during the investigation. The duo was responsible for stealing a W-2 form from a Woodbury residence, a tax document from a Roseville home with hand-written notes showing balances, passwords, email addresses and credit information.
A Gateway Corridor open house raised a key question last week: Along which side of Interstate 94 should the new transit system run? The Gateway Corridor project is considering two route alignments through Woodbury, Oakdale and Lake Elmo – one on the north side and one on the south – with potential to expand local bus service to provide access to transit stations. Each of the options has its pros and cons.
Anytime Fitness is holding a food drive in February, but it’s not just the typical bring a nonperishable food item to benefit the local food shelf and be on your way. Along with donating, members of the community will be invited to participate in a 24-hour cardio marathon at the Tamarack Hills location in Woodbury. The food drive runs through Feb. 20, but from 8 a.m. on Feb. 11 to 8 a.m.
Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is hoping incentives and tax breaks will lure developers to the area and expand affordable housing options in the county. New economic development studies show projected imbalances in the supply and demand for rental housing and that the majority of workers in the county are earning less and living elsewhere. “What the HRA is trying to promote is a call for partnership with the private sector and the nonprofit sector to have a collaboration to create what we call workforce housing,” said Washington County HRA executive director Barbar