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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.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit The new barbecue joint opened Monday, Dec. 19 in the former Broadway Pizza location on Queens Drive. After months of preparation, owners Dale Mueller and Cory Sessions opened the franchise last week. The duo previously told the Bulletin they liked the concept of Dickey's and that they wanted to bring barbecue to Woodbury. General Manager Kasey Maier said there was a soft opening last weekend for training purposes before the restaurant opened Monday. "We did good (Monday), we were right where we should be," she said.
Watering mouths are ready to dive into one of America's favorite meals. Standing in line waiting for their order, they snack on peanuts that fill a large bucket at the end of the pickup line.
Woodbury City Council appointed new members to various committees at its December meeting. Forty-three prospective candidates applied for Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation, Environmental Advisory, Audit and Investment and Watershed District seats. Council conducted interviews in November and made the following recommendations for 2012: Park and Recreation Commission: Brent Brommer, Andy Seeley and Edward Bruno. Environmental Advisory Commission: Ryan Newcomer, Ramesh Shanmugavel, Haytham Ibrahim and Gary Moore.
Trying to keep students in school is a job that has suffered from the economic downturn. Truant 16 and 17 year-olds no longer receive intervention services from the Community Services program that saw some budget cuts in the last couple of years. The Washington County Attorney's Office is working to kick-start a new program that would allow prosecutors to intervene and keep kids out of the court system. Assistant County Attorney Susan Harris is leading the initiative and hopes to have it in place by the end of this school year. She said that the current process where a student receives a l
Instead of charging the minimum $10.40 a month for failing water meters, the city of Woodbury decided to try something new. That minimum charge is no longer assumed for water meters that aren't reading correctly.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput advised area Realtors to beware of those taking advantage of desperate homeowners facing foreclosure. "If these folks would channel their energy into legitimate enterprises, we wouldn't have an economic problem," Orput said at the annual Get to Know Woodbury event last Thursday. The event, held at Central Park, highlighted mortgage fraud as part of the program that focused on Woodbury's housing market and the city's plans for development. Orput said there have been hundreds of convictions in mortgage fraud, but it's always difficult to get the money bac