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The city of Woodbury is getting ready to renew its annual action plan, which includes federal grants and housing programs. The plan includes the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which is a federal program awarded to communities with populations of 50,000 or more. "Until recently we didn't have 50,000 people so we couldn't be a direct guarantee," housing specialist and city planner Karl Batalden said. The money from CDBG and HOME investment Partnerships Program will be used from July 1 this year until June 30, 2013. So far, there will be no changes from 2011 to 2012, but any propos
About 100 people wearing stickers depicting the dead cat at the center of a controversy gathered Wednesday at the Woodbury City Council meeting. Jimmy the cat was killed by the Animal Humane Society last month.
The latest unemployment statistics show signs of a promising economic recovery in Woodbury. The city's unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in November, the lowest rate Woodbury has seen since October 2007. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development data also reported that in 2011, Woodbury companies employed 20,287 workers, which does not account for seasonal employment. City Administrator Clint Gridley told Woodbury City Council at a recent meeting that it's the first time Woodbury businesses have employed more than 20,000 workers since the fourth quarter of 2007
Twenty years ago, Patty O'Connor was suffering from an inflammatory bowel disease that left her with severe abdominal pain, fevers and fatigue among other symptoms. She was on all kinds of pharmaceutical meds for Crohn's disease since she was diagnosed at 23. Then about a year ago, she visited a nutrition club to learn more about Herbal Life meal replacements.
By this time most years, 13 warming house attendants are making a little extra money from seasonal jobs that rely on cold weather and snow. By this time most years, families and children of Woodbury are enjoying a little skating time outdoors, an activity they look forward to in the winter time. By this time most years, hockey players get extra practice time on the ice at various city parks. But this winter has just not been a typical one in Woodbury, or the entire state for that matter. Lack of snow and cold weather prompted the city of Woodbury to push back opening dates of outdoor skati
A recently euthanized cat has some Woodbury residents concerned about the city's relationship with the Animal Humane Society. Nearly 100 residents plan to attend this week's City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall to show their support for Jimmy, a cat that was put down after his owner died in December. Woodbury resident Mary Ray died on Dec. 7, leaving behind her entire estate to Animal Ark, including power of attorney over Jimmy, according to Executive Director Mike Fry. A number of different people and agencies were involved in the case.
After wrapping up 2011 and putting the finishing touches on the 2012 budget, city of Woodbury officials began planning for the year ahead. City Administrator Clint Gridley summarized some of the most important projects the city will continue to work on in the coming year. "The largest most complicated project for 2010/2011 was the $7.7 million Public Safety building expansion and remodeling activity," he said.
The Woodbury Blockbuster will soon say goodbye to all its members and customers as it gets ready to close for good. Being the only movie rental store still open in Woodbury, Blockbuster had its fair share of loyal customers. But that wasn't enough for parent company Dish Network to keep it open. "Blockbuster continues to evaluate the performance of each store location individually," said Marc Lumpkin, Blockbuster and Dish Network spokesman.
Becky Peer always planned to breast feed her baby girl Lucy when she was born in November. And when she recalled the severe allergic reaction her other daughter had after giving her formula, it made the decision to stay away from artificial milk that much easier. So when Lucy came in at 7 pounds 5 ounces at Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury last month, all she needed was human milk to help cure her jaundice, a yellow discoloration that happens when the baby's blood contains an excess of yellow-colored pigment of red blood cells. It's a common condition and treatment of it relies on the mo
Cheyanne and Greg Morris had a due date of Dec. 30. But Adler Greg Morris wasn't quite ready yet. He really wanted a Jan. 1 birthday. The West St. Paul family delivered at Woodwinds Hospital at 5:28 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, making Adler the first baby born in Woodbury this year. The family knew they were going to have a boy - that part wasn't a surprise. Cheyanne was scheduled for induced labor on Jan.