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The things that Debra Roach went through while her daughter was on methamphetamine are things only other mothers of addicts can understand. "It is the worst life to have for a parent, for families," the Woodbury woman said. Calling it a "devil drug," Roach is now trying to form a Minnesota chapter of MAMa, or "Mothers Against Methamphetamine." After years of dealing with her daughter's addiction, Roach sought support from MAMa online.
Nearly four miles will be reconstructed this summer in an effort to fix up a major road in Woodbury. Valley Creek Road will be redone from Bielenberg Drive to Woodbury Drive. Washington County is leading the project, but a contractor has not yet been hired for the job. Jacob Gave, Washington County engineer and project manager, said the road from Bielenberg Drive to Interlachen Parkway will be done in a concrete finish, while the rest from there to Woodbury Drive will be asphalt. "We're anticipating major traffic impact for the concrete," he said.
What was once a place known for its live music and bar scene will become a completely different venue. Woodbury's Throwbacks is now "Woody's Roadhouse," named after the new ownership group that will change the entire concept. General Manager David Harvey said the concept has been in the making for three months. "Throwbacks was very much an entertainment venue that had bar food," he said.
A Twin Cities home builder will soon give life to an empty development in Woodbury. Ryland Homes snatched up the 28 tax forfeited lots in Highland Knoll for $1.5 million with plans to build custom single family homes starting this spring. The builder made an offer to Washington County last week with a deposit of $156,800 and the remaining to be paid next week. "This is a positive step forward for the development and for the surrounding residents," associate planner Eric Searles said.
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.