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A public hearing on a large road project drew a full house at the Woodbury City Council meeting Wednesday night. Some of the residents in attendance gave their thoughts on a $7.3 million project that would affect more than 1,800 homes in the Colby Lake and Windwood neighborhoods, as well as traffic at Middleton Elementary School. City Engineer Klayton Eckles said the two construction projects were originally planned to take place over three years. But with the favorable bids contractors are offering, it made more sense to combine the 11 miles of road into one major project. "It's a bit of
Snap Fitness at the Valley Creek Mall is expanding and will be visible from the mall's main walkway. The gym is adding 1,150 square feet to its existing space, said owner Deanna Bruneau. She and her husband Joe took over the business in December and began planning changes. "It just seemed like the perfect opportunity in the perfect area at the perfect time," she said. Since they were both Snap Fitness members, and during the time they would visit various locations, the couple would think "if we owned one, this is how we would do it," said Deanna.
Preparing for a city council meeting? There is an app for that. Want to treat it like paper and make notes and comments in the margins? There is an app for that, too. Woodbury City Council discussed the possibility of going completely digital with its agenda packets at a Wednesday, Feb. 15, workshop. The idea is to use iPads for all documents, instead of having a community service officer drive to each home to deliver packets three times a month. Using iPads would save the city $7,800 annually in printing and distribution costs, Information Technology Director Robert James said.
The first time Peggy Moore went to the Philippines on a medical mission trip, she didn't know what to expect. When she saw a sea of people lined up outside of the hospital waiting to be seen by a doctor, she got teary-eyed, said the Woodbury Health Partners clinic licensed practical nurse. Then she told Dr. Bernard Quebral, medical director of the clinic, that she would never complain about work again. "People here in the United States, they would complain about a sore throat," she said.
Woodbury's elected officials all agree they didn't run for office for the pay. At the same time, City Council members want to encourage future candidates to serve on the council without making it too enticing to the point that they think it's a money-making operation. Council compensation was once again a topic of discussion at last Wednesday's workshop.
Staying alive, staying alive. Attendees of the Take Heart Woodbury kick-off event Monday, Feb. 13, were singing that hit 70s single from the movie "Saturday Night Fever." They were training to do hands-only CPR, and to stay on track, they took the advice of Dr. John Wheeler, a physician who spoke at the event. He explained why hands-only CPR is effective, and sang the song. Pushing fast and hard in the middle of the chest is key, he said.
The Woodbury Planning Commission approved another addition of Stonemill Farms that will have 46 twin-home units on 14.45 acres. The Stonemill Farms development, which is owned by Newland Communities, has been working on various parts of the property over the last year. The Monday, Feb.
Ever since he was a 10-year-old using his little handycam, David Schommer knew he wanted to be a filmmaker. Whether that's documenting the local Relay for Life event, taping the Sunday service at church or making a video for the freshmen class to learn about school clubs, it's in his blood. "It kind of stuck with me and I've been doing it ever since," the 18-year-old Woodbury High School senior said. Schommer was named one of Minnesota's top two youth volunteers by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. "I
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.