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The Woodbury Public Safety Department welcomed two new staff members last week. City Council approved hiring a part-time administrative assistant and swore in a new police officer Wednesday. Megan Altman was hired as the administrative assistant, while Brad Roddy joined the police force. Altman comes to the city with four years of experience in administrative assistant positions, in addition to a degree in elementary education. Roddy, who was one of more than 200 applicants, will fill a vacant police officer position. He comes from the Mankato Police Department where he was a police offic
For seven years Daniel Nigatu and Desta Tamene have been living in a one-bedroom apartment in St. Paul with their children. After being crammed in the same place as their family grew, they finally get to have a home to call their own. The family of six was one of six who will move into six new townhomes just completed at the Garden Gate development in Woodbury. Nigatu learned about Habitat from a friend who went through the same process and was able to buy an affordable home. He applied but wasn't qualified right away.
Chianti Grill customers in Roseville and Burnsville said goodbye to their executive chef last week, while Woodbury awaits his arrival. Italian chef Angelo Montes, who made Woodbury his hometown after moving here from Italy 12 years ago, will soon open up the restaurant Sole Mio at the Valley Creek Mall. "'Sole Mio' means 'my sun,' like the Italian song," he said. "Remember that?
Woodbury City Council voted 3-2 Wednesday to increase members' salaries starting next year. Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens and Council Members Amy Scoggins and Julie Ohs voted in favor of the measure, while Council Members Christopher Burns and Paul Rebholz opposed. The resolution will bump salaries over a two-step process - the first in 2013 and the second in 2015. The mayor's pay will go up from $710 to $917 per month, while the council's will increase from $545 to $675, according to the resolution. Then in 2015, the mayor's monthly salary will be $1,112 and the council's will be $805. Ad
What is the new normal and how do we thrive in it? Woodbury residents are invited to a workshop entitled "Thriving in the 'New' Normal'" Saturday at Central Park. The workshop is a collaboration among a number of local nonprofit organizations that came up with the idea to help those struggling in a down economy. "The economy and the world is a different place than what it was five years ago," said Alisa Rabin Bell, executive director for the Woodbury Community Foundation.
Fridays at the Christian Cupboard Food Shelf are busy, hectic and filled with energy. And walking into the lower level of the Woodbury Lutheran Church where the food shelf is located is like walking into a grocery store. The sorting room is filled with fruits, vegetables and the distinct aroma that comes with the produce.
To make Woodbury's municipal golf course even more appealing, the city will upgrade its liquor license. The current license for Eagle Valley Golf Course allows for on-sale wine including strong beer. City staff recommended upgrading it to a full intoxicating liquor license including Sunday sales. City Administrator Clint Gridley said the change would help contribute to an overall increase in revenue as well as make it more competitive with neighboring courses. Woodbury City Council approved the recommendation at a workshop Wednesday, March 21.
Inspired by people's thoughts, emotions and strong feelings about important issues, Jeff Brandt developed a passion for video-shooting and editing. "Video is really interesting in the sense that if you do it right, you can get access to people and environment once, but share it over and over," the Woodbury resident said. Jeff and Jennifer Brandt are owners of StoryboardFilms, a company that began working last fall on branding and marketing work focusing on documentary-style films. Creative Director Jeff Brandt wasn't always involved in video work professionally. Brandt has a background in
Now that the Liberty Ridge Elementary School project is a done deal, what will happen to the taxes on that property? Woodbury City Council discussed the possibility of signing a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement with District 833 at a workshop Wednesday. Because the current building and vacant lot will be purchased by a school district for the school's expansion, they will become tax exempt. But the property had been slated for a small neighborhood shopping center that had a tax bill in 2011 of about $50,000, Woodbury Community Development Director Dwight Picha said.
Woodbury resident Mark Doree is confident when utilities like cable, gas and phone lines break, the service providers will fix it. But when it comes to his curb stop, he wondered "When does it become the homeowner's responsibility?" The city of Woodbury saw a jump in curb stop repairs during the winter of 2011, and a couple more in 2012. For some residents, it was a surprising expense of up to $6,500 to fix a broken curb stop that's part of their water service line and something they didn't even realize they had. The issue became a concern for homeowners as well as City Council because the