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The Woodbury Community Foundation will kick off its partnership with Habitat for Humanity by hosting the first-ever "Build Week" at the Garden Gate development. More than 90 volunteers will help build Habitat homes in Woodbury starting Monday, Aug. 29 through Friday, Sept.
Next Level Combat in Woodbury is expanding to offer martial arts enthusiasts even more opportunities to stay fit. The business, located at 1890 Wooddale Drive, opened about a year ago to teach various martial arts classes.
The owner of the Woodbury Sheraton Hotel and Aperitif Restaurant is out of bankruptcy, but whether or not the restaurant will re-open remains a question. Real estate developer and St. Paul-based JLT Group owner Jerry Trooien finalized a plan to reorganize his properties and pay creditors. The creditors voted in favor of the plan and the U.S.
Woodbury parents who allow underage drinking in their homes will no longer be let off the hook. A new ordinance City Council adopted this month will cite parents or guardians with misdemeanors if the adults are knowingly and willingly allowing underage drinking. The "social host" ordinance is a common standard used by many communities across the state. It's aimed at dealing with some of the loopholes that state laws often leave.
The first annual fundraiser honoring Minnesota cops who have died in the line of duty and their families was held Saturday with a large turnout. Families and children of all ages enjoyed a variety of activities at the funfest to benefit the Minnesota chapter of Law Enforcement United and Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS). The event was held at Colby Lake Park starting with a "5K for the Fallen" memorial walk/run, followed by games and activities that included "dunk a cop," inflatables, a safety house, fire engine tours and a helicopter landing.
Autumn Transport, a Woodbury trucking company, celebrated the groundbreaking of an expansion to its office building, located at 6550 Courtly Road on Thursday, Aug. 11. Pictured from left are: Jill Strobel, building owner, Bev Rieks, company vice president, Lowell Rieks, company president, Julie Andrich, owner of the building, and Dustin Rossbech, project manager. The company is expanding to accommodate the growing staff and operations.
Residents who live on Courtly Road in Woodbury will be assessed about $213 each for road improvements this year. Four businesses will also get hit with a bill. Woodbury City Council held a public assessment hearing Wednesday, Aug.
A new business aimed at helping developmentally disabled children through a 12-week program opened last week in Woodbury. Brain Balance, located at Season's Market, and owned by Dr. David Stussy, is using non-medical procedures to treat "functional disconnection." The process is based on 40 years of research. The first Brain Balance Minnesota location opened in Excelsior. It is part of a nationwide program that provides individualized attention to help children with neurobehavioral challenges.
Though Woodbury's proposed 2012 property tax levy is flat, water rates were set to go up slightly. But City Council suggested Wednesday at its annual budget workshop to keep water rates stable instead of imposing a 3.4 percent increase. Water rates in Woodbury have stayed flat for six consecutives years at $0.88 per 1,000 gallons, but the 2012 budget proposed an increase to $0.91 per 1,000 gallons -- a 3.4 percent change.
The proposed 2012 property tax levy in Woodbury will not increase by even the slightest percentage thanks to a new, last-minute bill passed in July by the Legislature. City Administrator Clint Gridley said the state's abolishment of the Market Value Homestead Credit (MVHC) gave the city the extra cushion it needed to keep the levy flat for the first time in recent history. The original proposal in July was to bump the levy by 2 percent, but now it will stay unchanged at about $28.1 million. Woodbury City Council reviewed the $64.4 million preliminary budget at a workshop Wednesday at the ne