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Jane Edgell says she and her husband Jim were a typical suburban family. Jim was a funny guy who loved hockey and was known for driving old cars filled with sunflower seeds that he often snacked on. They built their house in Woodbury in 1992 and had been living their everyday lives like any other neighboring family. Until one day, 47-year-old Jim Edgell collapsed and died of a heart attack - or as Jane calls it, the "Widow Maker." He had no symptoms and was generally in good health. It was right before his son Jack went on to play a regional playoff game in Worthington, Minn., last year as
Out of about 1,800 assessment notices, fewer than 10 residents showed up to Wednesday's Woodbury City Council meeting with the letters in their hands. The assessment public hearing for the Colby Lake and Windwood neighborhood roadway construction was held at City Hall this week, where two residents spoke in opposition of the rates. "I'm totally against the way this assessment is being handled," said Jerry Dabe, who lives on Stratford Road in the Windwood neighborhood. Dabe said the project will not necessarily increase the value of his home and won't influence future buyers' decisions.
When Todd Stocker lost his daughter Makenzie in a tragic car accident three years ago, he and his family found ways to cope with the loss and began sharing with others. Their story sinks in with this year's Woodbury Area Prayer Breakfast theme: "Life Interrupted ... Faith during Adversity." "What do you do now when your life is interrupted like this," Stocker said of the message he'll be delivering as keynote speaker of the event. "How do you even function?" The Woodbury Area Prayer Breakfast is slated for 7 a.m.
Have a purse you never wear? Organizers of a popular event have an idea: donate it for a good cause. This year's Girls Night Out in Woodbury is not only about having fun with girlfriends, scoring some good deals and winning prizes, it's also about helping women in need. The event will be held Thursday, April 26, from 4 to 8:30 p.m.
City officials got an exclusive first look at preliminary plans for the Bielenberg Sports Center expansion Wednesday. Rob Howard of Pope Architects gave Woodbury City Council a virtual tour of the center that includes an expanded lobby and food service area. Keeping the $15 million budget in mind, the architects have been working with the task force on the plans over the last two months. According to the new plans: The size of the field house has been set at about 90,000 square feet to accommodate full size soccer, football and lacrosse fields with an ability to divide them into four small
A new addition of the Dancing Waters development was approved last week, but not all aspects of the project were favored by residents. Planning Commissioner Irfan Ali said one part of the development plans discussed extensively at the April 2 Planning Commission meeting had to do with a storm water pond. Although most residents are happy about the development, Ali said two residents expressed concerns about the pond. Residents view the pond as a lake and an amenity. They were hoping for a trail around it, he said.
A new yogurt bar decorated with vibrant reds and greens recently opened at Tamarack Village in Woodbury, next door to the new Fannie May shop. Cherry Berry, a franchise owned by Holland Investment Group, took the vacant 2,800-square foot space and turned it into a new hangout place for all ages. General Manager Nate Froeschle said the company wanted to bring something new to the Woodbury market and offer healthier treats. Cherry Berry is opening 50 stores in Minnesota in 18 months - Woodbury was the fourth to open after St.
"In sum, it was a bad year.
R.H. Stafford Library is seeking the public's help in restoring Sunday and Monday hours. Library manager Chad Lubbers gave an annual report Wednesday at the Woodbury City Council meeting, where he spoke about changes in 2011. "This has been a very unpopular cut. It's been, unfortunately, a necessary cut," he said.
Woodbury City Council Members will soon use iPads to conduct city business. The council adopted a resolution Wednesday to reimburse members for personally owned tablets. A few staff members will also get to use iPads to distribute agendas and documents to the council, according to the resolution. The city will spend a total of $7,445 on the iPads, but projections show the technology will save the city nearly $24,000 over a four-year period. The city is migrating from traditional hard copy agenda packets to the new electronic process in an effort to save time and money, according to staff.