Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.
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Overreliance on technology caused a major water main break in Woodbury last fall, resulting in nearly 200 insurance claims and costing the city $165,000. A report released last week concluded the city’s investigation and explained how the technology controlling the system failed to do its job on that early Sunday morning in November 2013. During the incident, the city’s waterworks system malfunctioned and caused its pumps to continue pumping, building excess pressure and causing water main breaks across the city. Though the warning signs weren’t obvious, a close inspection by an emplo
Woodbury and Gartner Restaurant Holdings will now have to hash out their disagreements in court about why a new Bielenberg Sports Center restaurant hasn’t progressed as planned. Woodbury officials filed a civil suit against the company citing failure to comply with the lease and refusing to pay construction and architectural fees, according to a complaint filed in Washington County District Court Thursday. The dispute between the two parties stems from an expanded vision by Gartner that upped the city’s share to $1.3 million, up from $500,000, according to court files.
Wine enthusiasts are rallying with small liquor store lobbyists to stop big box retailer Total Wine & More from making its way into Woodbury. The business, which opened its first Twin Cities location in Roseville earlier this year, is proposing to open another at Woodbury Village and will go before the City Council next week to request an off sale liquor license. A number of Woodbury residents have urged city officials to deny Total Wine’s request, citing “dishonest and unethical” practices by the company that allegedly drives competition ou
If she’s not being creative and teaching kids something new every day, Kristen McClure is browsing the Internet and planning new lesson plans for “Lil’ Critters Childcare.” The Woodbury day care provider was honored by Washington County last week as one of two Day Care Providers of the Year in conjunction with the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association’s conference. McClure has been a day care provider for 13 years and watched many of the children grow from infant to middle school age. Her inspiration to start a day care came from her own experience as a child, but she tends
A 5-acre parcel in the new Urban Village development may soon be home to an affordable housing townhome complex. The city of Woodbury is looking into buying the parcel with Housing and Redevelopment Authority funds.
A new park and ride facility that was set to relieve congestion at existing locations has been put on hold as discussions regarding Gateway Corridor alignments continue. Metro Transit was set to construct the lot this year at Manning Avenue and Interstate 94, but Woodbury officials asked to pump the brakes on the project, which is the end point of the proposed Gateway Corridor transit plan. Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said Gateway Corridor planners are studying two different alignment options – one on the north side of I-94 and one on the south – and the city didn’t want the en
The Madison Claire Foundation has been chosen as a finalist for the Minnesota Twins “fans choose” all-star legacy giving grant. As a finalist, the foundation will be competing against other nonprofits in a fan vote for a $500,000 grant. Voting has begun and ends at 4 p.m. July 10. Fans can vote by visiting www.allstargame.com/fanschoose .
United Properties and Jerry’s Enterprises will break ground on Bielenberg Gardens in Woodbury later this month, with an official announcement of the new grocery store’s name. The retail development at Radio Drive and Bailey Road will be anchored by a 65,000 square foot grocer and a liquor store operated by Jerry’s Enterprises. The center will also include a 12,300 square foot multi-tenant building and 10 additional retail lots. Bielenberg Gardens has been part of the city’s Phase 2 planning for the past two years and was officially approved by council in September 2013. The 30-acre
It’s summer of 2011 and life is good for a typical suburban couple with a 2-year-old daughter and two dogs. But one July night wasn’t so typical for Holly and Nick Pechman. The two woke up to Holly, 32 at the time, in severe pain before she passed out from what turned out to be a spontaneous stroke – no previous health problems, no warning signs. Holly was fortunate to get medical help quickly enough before things got even worse.
This year’s Relay for Life of South Washington County continued the fight. Survivors and their families gathered at East Ridge High School football field Friday and Saturday, June 6-7 to celebrate, remember and fight back. From speeches to activities, the entire event focused on supporting those who are still fighting the disease, celebrating others who won the fight and honoring loved ones who lost the battle. Honorary survivor Jackie Mines shared her experience with breast cancer and encouraged everyone in the stands to never give up. “You just have to say no to cancer,” she said