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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Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a vehicle theft that reportedly occurred early Saturday morning. Woodbury Police say the incident occurred just before 7 a.m.
Woodbury taxpayers will see no more than a 2.8 percent property tax hike after city officials agreed on a $30.4 million preliminary levy last week. The levy bump reflects a significant jump in residential values combined with flat commercial values.
A supplier of a synthetic drug that killed Woodbury teenager Tara Fitzgerald earlier this year pleaded guilty to third-degree murder Monday. Alexander Lee Claussen, 19, appeared in Washington County District Court and admitted to being the first link in a chain of five who are charged in connection with Fitzgerald's overdose death. The “straight plea” was made without an offer of reduced charges or penalty and could lead to six to eight years in prison, according to state sentencing guidelines. During the hearing, Claussen, of St.
A high-profile property previously occupied by State Farm Corporate headquarters has been sold. Terms of the sale for City Place were not immediately disclosed in “the most complicated real estate transaction that I’ve ever been involved in” said Matt Alexander, director of real estate for Kraus-Anderson. Representatives of the joint venture comprising Florida-based Elion Partners and Minnesota’s Kraus-Anderson announced Friday it has acquired the 100-acre mixed-use site located at the southeast corner of Radio Drive and Interstate 94. The two companies have already received final app
Washington County is facing some housing challenges that officials are trying to address with Housing and Redevelopment Authority levy dollars. The county has the highest median rent in the metro area, at $1,045, and a shortage of housing options for those working in the county and others commuting, according to data released last week. Washington County is proposing about a 3.4 percent increase in the HRA levy to pay for housing programs throughout the county that provide options for those in the workforce, seniors and low-income residents. The $117,000 amount will be added to funds
With a 200-page three-ring binder on his desk, Clint Gridley sits in his second floor office on a stormy Thursday afternoon wrapping up loose ends as he preps for the annual six-hour budget meeting with city leaders. “It’s a beast,” he said of the document that lists every expense and revenue the city makes. But the Woodbury city administrator’s days aren’t just filled with ledgers and expense sheets.
A group of citizens have come with a few recommendations to fund a $15 million shortfall to fix a widespread street problem in Woodbury. It wasn’t a unanimous vote, however, between all nine members of the task force that was appointed by City Council earlier this year.
Woodbury City Council is set to review a resolution supporting the Gateway Corridor project after a detailed discussion took place last week. The Metropolitan Council requires municipal consent from every city along the line in order to move forward with the project. Planners are considering a bus rapid transit (BRT) to run from Union Depot in St.
Leah Huxtable is determined to not let her children watch their mother slip away from a disease that has taken a toll on her family as it progresses from bad to worse. The Woodbury woman’s grandmother died of Alzheimer’s, and now her mother, Lucy, is suffering from early onset at just 64 years old. “Last week, she started to forget my kids, and she sees them every day,” Leah said, “which is heartbreaking.” The family is hosting a big fundraising bash for the Alzheimer’s Association right in their backyard, hoping to top last year’s $8,000 number by inviting the public.
The first business to open at City Place will be a coffee shop with construction starting as early as September, according to plans approved by Woodbury officials last month. The entire 100-acre mixed-use development at Radio Drive and Interstate 94, formerly State Farm Corporate headquarters campus, was given the green light in August. The commercial and office development is quickly attracting interest from national retailers, said Matt Alexander, director of real estate development for Kraus-Anderson, who’s partnering with Elion Acquisitions to develop the site. The site is poised