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A study skills project in Rachael Erickson’s class at Math and Science Academy produced a number of different ideas on how to make the world a better place. But one by sixth grader Manashree Padiyath stood out not only for its uniqueness but its close connection to the Woodbury community. The 12-year-old vowed to raise $5,000 for the Madison Claire Foundation to help build the all-accessible playground Madison’s Place. Her project dubbed “H.A.P.P.Y. Place (Handicapped Accessible Playground for Pre-schoolers to Youth)” raised the first $5,000 in the first two weeks.
East Ridge High School held its commencement exercises Saturday at the school's gymnasium. Ceremonies were filled with pride, excitement and "YOLO" moments. Student speaker Ryan Richardson kicked off his speech with a selfie in an effort to have a "YOLO moment every now and again," he said. East Ridge had a graduating class of 491 students.
A reopening date for the Bielenberg Sports Center has been delayed once again, Woodbury officials said Friday. The field house and lobby will not be open by July as originally planned, city spokesman Jason Egerstrom said, citing construction challenges over the past year for the setbacks. Full-service restaurant plans on the second level have also been put on hold while the city explores other food service options, he added. “While not desirable, the reopening delay will have minimal impact to our operations,” Egerstrom said.
Woodbury will soon open more land for development as the economy continues to recover and the housing market picks up. City officials will vote next month to open Phase 2B, 650 acres of land in southern Woodbury, to meet consistent growth demands projected in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. “We have a lot of interest from developers who would like to develop in Woodbury,” Community Development Director Dwight Picha said. Woodbury opened Phase 2A at the end of 2012.
Come Sunday, all Champps Americana logos will be removed from the building, menu and employee uniforms. A federal bankruptcy order is forcing Champps franchisees to remove all names and food proprietary to the company, a deal frustrating to the Woodbury location owner who plans to keep the restaurant open. Champps’ parent company, Kansas-based Fox and Hound Restaurant Group, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December. All franchisees, including the first ever Champps in St.
After weeks of discussion, Woodbury City Council came to a final conclusion about the designs for Evergreen neighborhood streets. Council members will vote tonight on what they saw at a workshop meeting last Wednesday as the most feasible option: 32 foot-wide streets with 8-foot trails Woodbury officials have had considerable discussion centered on the original proposal to narrow streets from their existing 44-foot width to 28 feet this construction season. Many residents of the Evergreen neighborhood strongly opposed the measure, while others agreed that narrower access roads would c
Washington County is jumping at the chance to get additional grants to tie public health initiatives to Gateway Corridor transit planning. County officials continue work on the Health Impact Assessment (HIA), which is required by state law every five years, to improve the health of the community. The assessment identifies obesity, chronic disease and behavioral health as top priorities, while also pointing at countywide factors that affect the health of people and the environment, including public infrastructure, living and working conditions and social, economic and political factors.
Hunters reacting to an updated access map thought it was random, arbitrary and doesn’t reflect the reality of what’s happening on parcels where the city wants to prohibit hunting. Woodbury public safety and community development came up with the new map that closes off areas south of Bailey Road and west of Woodbury Drive to hunters as the city gets ready to open up that land for development. The development area, dubbed Phase 2B, is a sub-phase of the larger Phase 2 field on the land-use plan that Woodbury plans to build out in the next s
Public comments about the Gateway Corridor project were released last week with opinions on both sides of the issue that have been published in a 182-page document. Gateway Corridor officials gathered all the written and spoken comments from various open houses over the past few months as part of a “scoping period” to get public feedback. Comments varied from concerns about the power grid to parking, noise and vibration.
The theme of the night was inspired by a poem. “Come, come come.