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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.
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.