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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
For the first time in recent history, an entire tax forfeited development in Woodbury will be auctioned off next week. The Highland Knoll development that sat empty since it was created in 2004, with the exception of one single family home, will be sold at a public auction at a minimum price of $1,568,000. "The minimum bid that has been established for the sale will make the city whole on all costs for the development," said city planner Eric Searles. The development is located south of the Eagle Valley development and west of Cottage Grove Drive. Foreclosure "Highland Knoll LLC" w
A 65-year-old man was struck by an SUV Wednesday morning at the parking lot of the Norma Lane SuperAmerica in Woodbury. Police identified the man as Kenneth Burke of Little Canada. Emergency personnel extricated Burke from underneath the vehicle and transported him to Regions Hospital where he's listed in critical condition. Police said the driver was 47-year-old Michael Carroll of Woodbury.
A new Woodbury Annual Community Development report was released last week and will be presented to the City Council at next week's meeting. The report highlights a significant drop in property values from 2006 to 2011, but a leveling off trend since 2009. The average home in Woodbury now costs $253,300, a drop from $304,000 in 2006, according to the report that was posted on the city's website. But property values only decreased about $5,000 from 2010 to 2011, the report states. Among the different sections included in the report was a summary of how the housing market in Woodbury has been
Joel and Juli Feldkamp don't know what it's like to live in a household free of cystic fibrosis. All three of their children have the genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. The Woodbury family is one of many others who count on fundraisers like an upcoming hockey tournament, where the Woodbury Public Safety Department will participate, to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For the third year, members of Woodbury police and fire departments will take their game to the Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and March 4 to raise money for cystic f
Declining golf revenues led to the layoff of the Woodbury municipal golf course manager last week. Woodbury City Council voted, as part of a consent agenda, to lay off Eagle Valley Golf Course manager Shaun Peltier. Though the decision was effective March 8, Peltier was on paid administrative leave before the decision went public last week. "By our code, he has a two weeks' notice, but you just can't have someone present when this recommendation moves forward," City Administrator Clint Gridley said.
Ashley Johnson has struggled with bullying her entire life. The problem hit even closer to home when bullying drove her 22-year-old brother to suicide last year. The Woodbury 20-year-old has been selected Miss Woodbury International, which gives her the opportunity to compete in the Miss Minnesota International Pageant March 10 and March 11 at St. Cloud State University. The platform-based pageant is what inspired her to compete.
The future of medicine is in the teeth. Or at least part of it is. A Woodbury dentist has joined the group StemSave to help recover stem cells found in adult and baby teeth that can cure a wide variety of diseases. Dr. Ned A.
Some of the plans to reconstruct Woodbury Drive drew some criticism at an open house Thursday. Also known as County Road 19, the highway will have a roundabout intersecting with Baily Road as part of a construction project Washington County is undertaking in 2013. The City of Woodbury has partnered with the county on the plans that were presented at the Eagle Valley Golf Course last week. Called a "hybrid" roundabout, the multi-lane structure allows for smooth traffic flow, according to county engineers. It'll have two lanes going east and west on Bailey Road and four going north and south