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Woodbury city officials are hoping a decrease in Eagle Valley Golf Course fees will attract more players. Community Development Director Dwight Picha said the fees have been increasing $1 every year since the municipal golf course opened in 1998 to offset operating costs. But coupon and discount use has spiked, which defeats the purpose of bumping up the fees in the first place. And by increasing the fees by a dollar every year, over time, it hurts participation rate, he added. "The number of participants has gone down over the years," Picha said, adding that $50 is "kind of the limit that
The AARP Tax-Aide Program will once again offer free tax assistance in Woodbury every Monday from now until April at Central Park. The local group, which is part of the nation's largest volunteer-run tax preparation service, was able to recruit more volunteers this year, coordinator David West said. From four volunteers last year, the group grew to seven this year in an effort to help more people, he said. Although the group offers appointments on Mondays only, West said with more volunteers helping this year, more returns could be filed in that same time period from 9 a.m.
If you're a resident of Woodbury, you probably got a call in January introducing the new CodeRED Emergency Mass Notification system. The city of Woodbury has partnered with Washington County to launch a telephone notification system to be used for emergency and life safety purposes. Emergency Services Commander Mike Richardson said the city saw a need to bring back the system after a similar county program was eliminated three years ago due to budget cuts. When discussions began to reinstate the system, the city figured it would pay $15,000 a year if it were to run CodeRED on its own, Richa
A third indoor ice sheet may be a bit of a stretch and too expensive to be included in plans for the Bielenberg Sports Center expansion. But a local youth hockey club says it would serve a growing community that will otherwise continue to seek ice time elsewhere. Now that a 14-person task force has been formed to come up with a design plan for a newly remodeled Bielenberg Sports Center, youth hockey fans are hoping a third ice sheet will gain some support. Pete Stuckert, president of the Woodbury Area Hockey Club and a member of the task force, said the original master plan included another
It's a matter of minutes. When 62-year-old Woodbury resident Dan Yang went into cardiac arrest nine years ago, it was hands-only CPR that helped save his life within the first few minutes. At 53, Yang was healthy, he had no history of heart problems and didn't expect to experience "sudden death." "When I was playing tennis with my partner, suddenly I collapsed and my heart stopped," he recalled.
A learning center founded by a man who had reading struggles and later launched a nationwide network of brain-training centers, opened a new branch in Woodbury this month. Dr.
What do you really know about the town you've lived in for years? Or the one where you just bought your new home? If you're new to Woodbury or would like to learn more about various entities in the city, organizers of the 2012 Woodbury Citizens' Academy say the program is for you. The program, now in its third year, is still taking registration for the 10-week session that begins Monday, Feb. 6 and ends with a graduation ceremony April 23. Woodbury Community Foundation sponsors the event every year.
One step at a time, a new Bielenberg Sports Center is becoming a reality. Woodbury City Council authorized staff Wednesday, Jan. 25, to negotiate a contract with a team of professionals who will draw up designs for the sports center remodeling project. Back in November, the council authorized staff to seek proposals from architects, construction managers and engineers for the project. "We received six proposals from six very qualified teams," said Parks and Recreation Director Bob Klatt. After a competitive interview process, staff recommended Pope Associates Inc.
Right before the 5- and 6-year-olds leave Scott and Angie Drikakis' dance studio, they run over, hug their teachers' legs and tell them they're excited for the next class. And now that Legacy Dance Studio has a second location in Woodbury, those aspiring dancers have more opportunities to learn from the passionate professionals. Legacy Dance Studio, first started by Scott's mother Eileen in Oakdale, expanded in November into the former Revolution Dance located in Woodbury's Eagle Valley area. Scott said one-third of the Oakdale business was coming from Woodbury and it made sense to open up
The city of Woodbury will gather a group of people who will help decide the fate of the Bielenberg Sports Center expansion. City staff will be reaching out to stakeholders like the athletic associations, youth sports leaders and primary users of the facility to invite them to join a task force. Woodbury City Council addressed the topic at last Wednesday's workshop, where City Administrator Clint Gridley said it will be a "delicate balancing act of who to plug in." He added the Bielenberg expansion will take a lot of planning from now until the fall. "From February to September, it becomes