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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.
Just in time for prom, Woodbury High School students got to see what a real car crash as a result of drunk driving can do. The students saw a mock crash Friday where two people were dead and others were injured because a student was driving drunk after the party. "Hopefully it'll be a wakeup call for a lot of people," said student Logan Dirx, who played the drunk driver in the scene. A member of Students Against Drunk Driving, Dirx said he hopes the event has a strong effect on the rest of the student body. Woodbury High School Resource Officer Bill Mason got teary eyed as he watched the s
Woodbury City Council got to weigh in on the county's redistricting plans at a workshop Wednesday. But Council Member Paul Rebholz asked: what's the point? "We should have had the opportunity to weigh in on the broader discussion," he said. Rebholz expressed concern over the process the Washington County Board followed when deciding to stay at five commissioners versus seven. "You guys made that decision before you had all the information," he told Commissioner Lisa Weik, who attended the workshop Wednesday at City Hall. The council wasn't asked to give a formal recommendation, but rather
"Yes, I am Indian, No, I am not Native American. "Yes, I am from India. No, wearing a bindhi (red dot) doesn't mean you are married. "Yes, my parents did have an arranged marriage. No, I do not like chicken." Those are the words of a poem written by a Woodbury 13-year-old who will soon represent a heritage and culture that's often stereotyped. Mahima Gupta was chosen from a total of 60 Indian children nationwide to be on a Nickelodeon program titled "Nick News" that will celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
The City of Woodbury will seek public input at this weekend's expo on the future of Bielenberg Sports Center. New designs of the center will be laid out at the city's booth at the Saturday event. Woodbury City Administrator Clint Gridley said the public will have a chance to weigh in on the schematics. Input will be taken back to the task force responsible for coming up with plans for the expansion. The third annual Woodbury Community Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bielenberg Sports Center.
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.