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Volunteering in Woodbury doesn't have to stop at planting trees, wiping out invasive species or answering questions at Central Park. The city of Woodbury Public Safety Department is looking for volunteer police officers to patrol the streets on weekends. The city typically has a "police reserve team" of about 15 officers who are trained in different aspects of the field including self-defense and safety, first aid, CPR and traffic control. Sgt.
The new Liberty Ridge Elementary school project came before Woodbury Planning Commission last week. Commissioners on May 7 approved the plan with a few changes made to assure safety during peak drop-off and pick-up times. District 833 submitted the plan for a conditional-use permit for the Liberty Ridge Elementary School Site 2. The application was to request an expansion to the existing building from 10,000 to 22,000 square feet. Since the property was first approved by City Council as a neighborhood commercial center in a residential area, a conditional-use permit was required. Mike Vog
Two former Globe University deans are suing the school as they continue to raise concerns over the school's admission practices. The two whistleblowers have different claims, but they were both terminated last year when they voiced opposition over the school's accreditation and admission practices, according to court documents. Both lawsuits say the school violated the Minnesota Whistleblower Act, which prohibits retaliation against employees "for making good faith reports." The case was filed in Hennepin County, but the deans' attorney, Clayton Dean Halunen, said it will be moved to Washin
A Woodbury soldier recently returned home from Afghanistan as the subject of a photo he didn't even know had been featured online and in the news. Minnesota Army National Guard Sgt. Eric Papp was deployed about a year ago and had been serving as a medic in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Halfway through his deployment, the soldiers were ordered to prioritize their resources.
Globe University held its first East Metro Career Expo Thursday, where a number of employers spoke to students about job possibilities. Employers from Ameriprise, Target, Wells Fargo, the Army National Guard, Washington County Community Corrections and others were present to answer questions. Midway through the career fair that lasted all day, a group of Globe students visited the Elements Therapeutic Massage table to learn more about the field. One student, Jonita Scott-Jiles, will graduate in December and is staying positive about the job market. "I feel very optimistic about it, I'm try
The Woodbury Public Safety Department held its annual recognition event Thursday where a number of police officers and a citizen were recognized. Public Safety Director Lee Vague praised the staff's education efforts in fire safety, quick and efficient response to medical calls and response to a fatal Afton crash that took the life of a teenager last year. The awards included a Letter of Outstanding Achievement to dispatcher Katie Cafferty, who helped police find a sexual assault suspect after taking the call from the victim. "It starts from dispatch," Vague said, adding that Cafferty was a
In 1977, a few Woodbury neighbors decided to hold a garage sale on their cul-de-sac. The idea slowly became a citywide garage sale and a fundraiser for the Lions Club. The more the city grew, the more the concentrated effort to have a citywide event during one weekend became something to look forward to each year. Now in its 35th year, the Woodbury Lions Garage Sale is gearing up for another sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Woodbury Rotary held the third annual Miracle Gala Friday where $4,000 was raised. The event was held at Prestwick Golf Club and drew 90 people and donations through silent and live auctions, said Rotary member and event organizer Bill Reinhardt. In addition to raising money for Rotary programs and scholarships, the club is helping the Madison Claire Foundation raise funds for an all-inclusive playground dubbed "Madison's Place." "It was a good time, the program included jugglers and music," Reinhardt said, "and a talk by Matt Limegrover, who is the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota
While most girls going to prom were getting pampered at hair salons and spas, an East Ridge High School student was competing in a fitness competition. Mollypatt Horan woke up at 5:30 a.m. the morning of prom this year and headed straight to Life Time Fitness to compete in the Alpha Showdown. After working out with a trainer for almost a year, Horan was ready to put her speed, power, strength and endurance to the test. She finished the challenges in 11 minutes and 9 seconds. Horan has been working out with a trainer at the gym when she noticed she's gotten a lot stronger, she said.
Todd and Kellie Stocker, keynote speakers at this year's Woodbury Area Prayer Breakfast , talked about what to do when life is interrupted by tragedy at the event held Tuesday morning at the Prom Center. Many of the attendees sobbed as the speakers discussed the theme, "Life Interrupted ... Faith during Adversity" and the story of their daughter's death in a car crash. "It's easy to trust God when things are good," Kellie Stocker said. "... The truth is that God doesn't function on my life's to-do-list."