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A 20-year-old Woodbury man was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon after allegedly fighting with a friend over money last month. According to a Washington County criminal complaint, David Loren Solum went to a party on May 2 in Lake Elmo where the alleged victim and a few other friends were present. The alleged victim, identified as A.G.M., told sheriff's deputies that he owed money to Solum for a car and marijuana. The complaint stated the victim suspected he was set up by other friends to go the Lake Elmo residence where Solum was planning to fight him over the $1,4
Woodbury City Council members said they were surprised to see Washington County's Radio Drive plans without a roundabout. With all the talk about safety and mobility of roundabouts on Woodbury Drive, city leaders expected to see one at Radio Drive and Hargis Parkway as well. The council held a workshop session last Wednesday to review preliminary plans to reconstruct Radio Drive, a county highway, from Bailey Road south to Hargis Parkway. Washington County is responsible for paying for the improvements, which would expand the road to four lanes and add a signal at Hargis Parkway. However,
A 19-year-old Woodbury man was arrested earlier this month on burglary and fleeing police officer charges. According to a criminal complaint filed June 4 in Washington County District Court: On June 1 at about 1 a.m., Woodbury police were notified of an unknown suspect entering a home at the 700 block of Meadowood Drive in Woodbury. The homeowner said his wife saw a male, later identified as Paul Thomas Harrington, enter the home from the garage.
A discounted grocery store will soon be moving into a large vacant spot on Tamarack Road. Aldi is slated for a September opening in the former Borders location that closed last year after the company filed for bankruptcy. Vice president of the Aldi Fairbault, Minn. division, Matt Lilla, said there is a growing demand for Aldi products in Woodbury. "Aldi chose the location for the new Woodbury store based on population density, proximity to competition, cost of the property and traffic patterns," he wrote in an email.
The Woodbury Commons shopping center will soon start to look different when a new anchor tenant moves in. Woodbury Planning Commission approved a plan from Inland Real Estate Trust to remodel the center when Becker Furniture World moves in. The commission voted Monday, June 4 on the application that includes moving smaller tenants to other locations within the center and having Becker be the most visible from the north side of Hudson Road. Vice president of Inland Real Estate Trust Rick Plessner said having the large retailer will give the center a 100-percent occupancy rate. He said the s
A new baseball field built especially for children with disabilities finally opened in Woodbury last week. The Jeff Hanson Woodbury Rotary Club East Metro Miracle Field put a smile on many faces when they celebrated its grand opening Thursday. Players from Woodbury and surrounding cities, who've been traveling more than 40 miles to play, will now be able to enjoy the game close to home. "I thought it was a big deal last year when we did the groundbreaking," Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said, "this is a big deal." Joy and excitement, as well as a sense of pride and success, filled
A road project in 2013 will impact traffic between Woodbury and Cottage Grove, affect three homes and force detours for about 1,000 members of Five Oaks Community Church attending Sunday service. Washington County and the City of Woodbury began preparing for a Radio Drive construction project with a public open house Wednesday, June 6. The city is the lead project manager, while the county will be footing the bill. Radio Drive, from south of Bailey Road to Hargis Parkway, will become a four-lane highway like the rest of the road near I-94. "What you see to the north is what you're going to
A new Woodbury resident is not only hoping he can provide customers with a good mattress, he vows to help them get a good night's sleep. Scott Michelsen opened up "Today's Bed" on Hudson Road in Woodbury about a month ago, shortly after moving to Minnesota from Arizona. The former business consultant decided to get back into the furniture and mattress industry to focus on providing quality product and service, he said. "Consulting is nice but not everyone takes your advice," Michelsen said. The 5,100 square-foot space has a variety of mattress brands.
More than two decades ago, a golf tournament was started in honor of Woodbury's first City Administrator Jim Lacina who died in a car accident and left behind his wife and two young children. The tournament was to benefit the Lacina family and help pay for college.
The Woodbury Planning Commission Chairwoman plans to dedicate more time to working for local government now that she's retired. Nancy Remakel, who has served on the Planning Commission for seven years, announced her bid for a Washington County Commission seat against incumbent Lisa Weik in District 5, which includes most of Woodbury. The longtime Woodbury resident retired from teaching at Woodbury High School last year after 37 years. Remakel has served on the Woodbury City Council for six years, on the Woodbury Park Commission for three years and on the Washington County Library Board of D