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 Commissioners approved 5 percent pay raises for top department heads while freezing their own salaries last Thursday. Commissioners praised the work of County Attorney Pete Orput, Sheriff Bill Hutton and Administrator Molly O’Rourke before unanimously approving the measures. Orput received a 5 percent increase equal to $142,590 annually. Commissioner Gary Kriesel listed new initiatives that Orput has implemented over the past year, which include working with truant students and veterans as well as reaching out to various nonprofit groups. “Just very impressed with
Dr. Maryam Shapland is no stranger to the Philippines: the weak infrastructure, high poverty rate and long-term diseases. Growing up in the capital city of Manila as a child of two physicians, Shapland remembers neighbors knocking on their door asking for medical help. The next day she’d get a carton of eggs or a plate of chicken as a thank you gift in return. So when Typhoon Haiyan hit the country in early November, she felt she had an obligation to go help with relief efforts. The Woodwinds Health Campus emergency room doctor left for a medical mission trip Dec.
Woodbury taxpayers will see a 2.76 percent increase in their property tax levy payable in 2014 after city officials approved the measure at the annual truth-in-taxation hearing last week. City Council members approved the $70 million budget last Wednesday, which represents new personnel, new construction revenue and an uptick in the taxable market value of local homes. The levy increase was not unanimous, however, with Council Member Christopher Burns casting the only dissenting vote. Burns said he believes city departments could’ve been more conservative in the hiring process. “Th
Though various groups around the east metro continue to work on economic development brought on by extensive transit planning, much of the region faces geographical challenges. That’s where the new East Metro Strong initiative comes in, hoping to get all brain power together from every corner of the region to use the recently awarded $750,000 McKnight Foundation grant to “move the market” in a prosperous way. East Metro Strong is a coalition led by the St.
Back in the 1970s, Derk Hansen got into making battle swords, shields and weaponry dating back to the 1500s. Then he began doing some design work for a company in Mendota that also imported oil paintings from Europe. The paintings wouldn’t always arrive in perfect shape, however, and that’s where Hansen came in, fixing and touching them up. Not long after that Hansen got into painting himself. He did everything from landscapes and wildlife to floral and street scenes. “Pretty soon I said, ‘That’s not too bad, I can do this,’” he said.
Bill Urbank was a smoker for 15 years.
United States officials and human rights advocates are calling on the United Arab Emirates government to release a Woodbury High School graduate who’s been held in maximum security prison for...
The Woodbury Cabela’s construction site was burglarized last month where an estimated $45,000 worth of construction equipment was stolen, authorities said. Woodbury Police responded to the burglary report Nov. 12 when five contractors reported a large amount of tools and construction equipment was taken. Investigators executed a search warrant at a St. Paul residence three days later where one adult man was arrested, police said. Nearly all stolen items were recovered and returned to the contractors.
Washington County public health department is considering a low interest loan program that would help homeowners with failing septic systems pay to replace them. A large geographic area of the county is served by private septic systems totaling about 50,000 residents including parts of Woodbury and Cottage Grove. Failing septic systems are a potential source of pollution and groundwater contamination posing widespread public health concerns, said Stephanie Souter of the county’s public health department. “This can be a costly and sometimes un
Walking into the Salt Room in Woodbury means literally walking into a room made of salt.