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Woodbury City Council approved changes to part of the city ordinance that governs zoning at its Wednesday, June 28, meeting. City staff, along with Planning Commission, have been working on the ordinance for more than a year to implement changes that complement the Comprehensive Plan, clear up definitions and comply with state laws. The council amended the ordinance that will guide how Urban Village will be built, its characteristics, landscaping and architectural standards. Council Member Christopher Burns was the only opposing vote to the ordinance amendment.
HealthEast Care System is making changes to its leadership team, including an administrative modification to the Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury. Chief Executive Officer Tom Schmitt will no longer lead Woodwinds directly, moving him to a different role in the organization of senior vice president of Accountable Care Organization, Clinics and Outpatient Services.
A new yogurt shop will soon move into the former Blockbuster store in Woodbury. Freeziac, a locally owned and Minnesota based frozen yogurt shop, is slated to open July 9. "We're not a franchise," owner Joanne Mallon emphasized. Freeziac first opened three years ago in Eden Prairie.
Woodbury may not have a water park, but a number of kids felt the rush of water games last week at Colby Lake Park as part of the Woodbury Olympics. The city of Woodbury holds an annual summer playground program that includes eight weeks of outdoor fun with a different theme each week. Last week was Olympic Week, where the kids got to play a variety of games in an easygoing tournament format. Wednesday was water day.
The man who was injured Monday after a section of a construction project collapsed at Liberty Ridge Elementary was not seriously injured. According to District 833 Communications Director Barb Brown, the worker -- who had been hospitalized at Regions Hospital in St.
A slightly nontraditional 24-7 fitness center opened in Woodbury. Woodwinds Health Campus just added the center to its Ways to Wellness program, which has been in place for six years helping people get on the right track when it comes to health and wellness. The addition of the expanded fitness center is another element of Ways to Wellness, said Brenda Navin, director of community health and wellness. "Most of our clients here are doing some type of management... This is a way for them to help execute on their Ways to Wellness plans," she said.
It has been 25 years since "the face of Woodbury" died in a tragic car crash. Woodbury's first city administrator Jim Lacina was honored last week as the city remembered him on the 25th anniversary of his death. Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens declared the week of June 10 through June 16 Jim Lacina Remembrance Week at last Wednesday's City Council meeting. A number of Lacina family members were present at the meeting, including his son, former Vikings player Corbin Lacina. "It was a passion of my dad's to see this community develop as it has," he said, adding, "There is a lot of prid
A new restaurant with a 350-person capacity and a menu known for "build your own" items opened in Woodbury earlier this month. Tavern Grill opened its third Twin Cities location at the former Aperitif restaurant. Hemisphere Restaurant Partners bought the space in February and remodeled it to add more booths, more intimate group seating and an updated patio and bar. "We 'Tavernized' it," said Anoush Ansari, managing partner of the restaurant. He said the new black and white photos on the walls, along with the wood beams that were kept from the old venue, gave the restaurant a new look and f
A longtime volunteer and former Woodbury citizen of the year said goodbye to the Chamber of Commerce last week and moved on to a new venture. Kim Snyder, one of the lead organizers and creators of the Woodbury Community Expo, will no longer serve as membership director for the chamber. "It's been a good ride," she said.
In two recent fire calls, a Woodbury police officer arrived on scene to take command while firefighters and a fire engine were en route. Public safety officials say the collaboration between police and fire means quickly knocking down the fire and limiting property damage. Much like firefighters trained as paramedics, the public safety department is seeking to provide the city with more police officers trained as firefighters. First kicked off in 2006, the cross-training initiative came to a halt in 2009 when the economy shifted and the city of Woodbury couldn't afford to pay for the traini