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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."
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.