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Woodbury City Council voted last week to hire two new assistants to the city administrator, as well as to restructure other roles to fill a vacancy. By April 2, Mary Van Milligen and Tyler Burkart will hold the position of assistant to the administrator. The two will fill vacancies by former assistant to the city administrator Matt Stemwedel, who took another job in Coon Rapids at the beginning of the year, as well as retiring public works superintendent Dick Riemenschneider. "We are re-organizing public works organizational structure with separate utility superintendent and street superint
A popular Woodbury pub not meeting its food sales requirement prompted a change in the city's liquor license ordinance. O'Malley's Irish Pub missed the mark in 2011 by 5 percent, according to a city report.
Woodbury City Council approved a new liquor license last week for the Sheraton Hotel restaurant. The license is now held by Wischermann Partners, Inc. after the company became the receiver for the hotel. "We've been appointed by the court to manage the hotel and act as the receiver," said Paul Wischermann, president of the company. The hotel is owned by JLT Group Inc., and Jerry Trooien, who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year and began reorganizing some of his assets.
When Dick Riemenschneider began working for the Woodbury Public Works Department, there were no traffic lights on city streets, only three parks and two miles of trails. "I have asked several long-time residents and collectively we cannot remember if there was a traffic light at Century Avenue and I-94 or not," he said. At that time, he was just exploring his options and trying to figure out what to do for work. "My thought was that I would take the job until something better came along," he said.
Hemisphere Restaurant Partners is bringing its Tavern Grill concept to a popular Woodbury location. The move will be Hemisphere's third Tavern restaurant, joining Tavern on France in Edina and Tavern Grill in Blaine. The restaurant will be opening mid-summer in the former Aperitif restaurant site on Bielenberg Drive. Aperitif , formerly owned by JLT Group in St. Paul, closed its doors in February 2011. "It's a beautiful space," said Anoush Ansari, Hemisphere's managing partner.
In the wake of legislative redistricting, Woodbury has had to redraw its own precincts. Changes will have minimal impact on voters because all council members serve at large, but there will be some shifting to accommodate the new 2012 redistricting as well as population growth. Woodbury City Council passed a resolution Wednesday to change the city's precinct boundaries as well as to re-number them. A judicial panel issued new congressional and legislative plans in February. The changes resulted in Woodbury being in U.S.
A new church that first started by meeting at Central Park is officially launching in a new location this month. Although Christ Redeemer Church has been meeting every Sunday morning at Footprints Academy for more than a year, lead pastor Brett Louis said the official grand opening will be March 25. The church was originally planted in Woodbury under the name Bethlehem Baptist Church. The church branched out to Woodbury from downtown Minneapolis since many members were commuting from Woodbury and the east metro.
Record-breaking temperatures came just in time for tee time in Woodbury.
Anxious skaters can't wait until a new skate park is open and ready to see some tricks. A few skateboarders attended a planning session at Woodbury City Hall Wednesday, March 7 to hear the new plans for an upgraded Ojibway Skate Park. The city plans to invest $100,000 to redesign the park and give local enthusiasts some of the features they've been seeking elsewhere. "Current skate park features have reached their lifetime," said Recreation Specialist Reed Smidt, adding that many of the material is in need of replacement.
A new furniture store will join a cluster of other retailers in Woodbury this fall. Becker Furniture World will open at Woodbury Commons, the owner of the center, Inland Real Estate Corporation, announced. The company that acquired the retail property for approximately $46 million, said the 40,000 square foot store will bring the leased occupancy of the center to 100 percent. Company spokesman Joel Cunningham said Inland Real Estate Corporation purchased Woodbury Commons because "we liked the location of the center and strong demographics of the trade area. "We believed we could leverage o