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Brian Roban was tired of looking at an unattractive phone jack mounted on his wall. So did a lot of other people, he said. Which is why the Woodbury resident decided to come up with a creative way to cover phone jacks, which are used less in homes. Roban invented the "Telephrame," which is basically a picture frame that hangs on walls to cover unused phone jacks. He said millions of households are canceling their land lines and sticking to cell phones.
The old saying "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" doesn't just apply to face-to-face communication anymore. And if teens and pre-teens want to avoid the embarrassment of having the whole world see something private, they shouldn't post it online or text it. That was the message an expert outlined last week at an East Ridge High School event. Jane Straub, victim intervention and recovery specialist with Human Services, Inc., spoke to a group of parents about cyber bullying and what's known as "sexting" in a Community Education sponsored event. "If it's somet
A Woodbury resident and one of the few renowned black belt jiu jitsu artists in the Midwest is now passing on his experience to the east metro. Tom Schmitz, owner of Spartan Martial Arts Gym in Oakdale, has competed in 50 jiu jitsu matches over the years, in which he won all but three. But after competing since 1992 and teaching sporadically for 15 years, he's now focusing on the teaching aspect of the sport, which inspired him to open up the gym. "Hopefully I can bring that experience to help build a martial arts school in the east metro," he said. A Stillwater native, Schmitz is passiona
Woodbury Police Commander Jay Alberio held two bulky binders in his hands as he spoke of lengthy investigations involving prostitution at illegitimate massage therapy businesses. He told a full house at last Wednesday's Woodbury City Council meeting that a new ordinance would help keep illegal activity away from the city. After nearly three months of discussion, editing the original draft, and talking with stakeholders, City Council approved the final draft of a new massage therapy ordinance Wednesday, Nov.
Shopping for the fall may be a little easier this year. The trend of resale versus retail is catching on, according to a nationwide company with a Woodbury franchise. Clothes Mentor, a store in Woodbury that buys and sells brand-name women's apparel, is seeing a jump in sales figures. Owner of the local location Mark Hoon said the store saw a 15 percent jump over the last year.
For the last several months, Woodbury city staff have been working on updating the city's zoning ordinance so it's more compatible with the comprehensive plan. The city's 30-year comprehensive plan was adopted one year ago, and some of the language in the zoning ordinance was out of date. "It was a good time for us to go back and look at the entire zoning ordinance," said Janelle Schmitz, planning and economic development manager. Woodbury Planning Commission has been reviewing the ordinance in small chunks and so has City Council for the past few months. Council is expected to adopt the f
Woodbury residents said goodbye to one of the city's popular burger joints and will soon welcome a new Chinese restaurant in its place. American Burger Emporium closed its doors late last month after owner Eric Sandrock decided to get out of his lease 14 months early, he said. The restaurant, which was part of a cluster of restaurants at Woodbury Village, has three other locations in Minnesota. Sandrock said the other spots in St. Paul, Minneapolis and St.
They call one another the genius behind creating a concept that nobody else was able to come up with. You may recognize them by their photo that's big and prominent on all of their advertising. They're the Gold Guys. The businessmen, Joe Beasy and Shane Maguire, are now buying gold and silver out of Woodbury Lakes Mall. The duo started their business more than three years ago at the Mall of America.
Rodney Ough lives on a Woodbury street notorious for speeding motorists. He doesn't believe it's right for residents of his neighborhood to pay for improvements that would force people to slow down, he said. "These are not the people that are living on the street," the Woodcrest Drive resident said of speedy drivers.
More than 130 skaters participated in the annual Skate Woodbury ISI Competition Saturday at Bielenberg Sports Center. The competition featured skaters from various clubs in the Twin Cities including Woodbury and Cottage Grove. It was a two-day event filled with a variety of performances - from freestyle to solos and duets to synchronized dances. Skaters as young as 6 were featured, along with pre-teens and teens. Though the music didn't start right away when she entered the ice rink, Megan Wallace, a 14-year-old from Woodbury, won first place in one of the freestyle groups.