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Woodbury has some major projects coming up in 2013 including a $500,000 fire truck, an expanded sports center and some flashing yellow arrow traffic signals. Woodbury City Council got a glimpse of the 2013-2017 capital improvement plan (CIP), which includes expenses of $15 to $35 million per year, at a Wednesday, May 30, workshop. The CIP is a preliminary document that outlines revenues and expenses per department and highlights major purchases and services coming up in the next five years. About $300,000 of the expenses was dedicated to a revamped Dale Road open space shelter near the Wood
When Faith Goetzke asked her classmates how many of them knew someone with a heart condition, nearly everyone in the room raised their hand. The Bailey Elementary fifth grader decided to teach her fellow classmates how to do hands-only CPR after she learned it at a Girl Scout meeting.
The Woodbury High School graduation Sunday was filled with all kinds of emotions. English teacher Marsha Swails got teary-eyed as she gave her speech and said farewell to the Class of 2012. Valedictorian Sheri Yuan Li told her classmates to appreciate what they've got as she talked about her family's struggles while immigrating to the United States from China.
Woodbury residents had a last chance to hear about construction in the Windwood and Colby Lake neighborhoods before the work began this week. The city of Woodbury held neighborhood meetings May 8 where engineer Aaron Nelson gave a breakdown of the schedule and the work to be done. About 30 residents attended the Windwood meeting to ask questions about the different phases of the project and give their input. The construction project will fix up curbs, cracked and broken storm and sanitary sewer pipes, fire hydrants, and remove and replace pavement. Both Colby Lake and Windwood will be brok
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