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After Fartun Osman fled her civil war-torn country of Somalia, she didn't quit trying to help others overcome destructive social and cultural norms. The Woodbury single mother of four continued volunteering for nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities to try and get young Somali girls to achieve their dreams of becoming something their ancestors never thought they'd be. For her several years of service nurturing the girls to become athletes and leaders through counseling, advocacy and role modeling, Osman was named a recipient of this year's Virginia McKnight Binger Award in Human Services
Putting smiles on the faces of patients at Woodwinds Health Campus just got a little easier. The hospital opened a new indoor "Healing Garden" late last month where visitors can bring freshly cut flowers to loved ones staying at the hospital. The garden, which was fully supported by donations, cost about $17,000.
Capt. Andrea Bond will soon be done with her temporary National Guard position. But what she wants to do for a living after serving for 15 years is still a question mark. The Blackhawk helicopter pilot, community outreach coordinator and public affairs officer gained plenty of skills while serving in the military. But finding a job in the civilian world is still a challenge. "In the military, your job entails a lot of different things," she said.
A new church will start service at East Ridge High School this weekend, but won't have a permanent home any time soon. Eagle Brook Church Executive Pastor Scott Anderson said the goal was to start construction of the church in Woodbury next spring, but with limited resources, the project has been delayed. "We still fully plan to construct in Woodbury and we have hopes to be there sooner than later," he said.
Woodbury will host a native plant sale for the first time Saturday to increase biodiversity in the city. The event, sponsored by the Woodbury Environmental Advisory Commission, will offer gardeners a chance to purchase native plants and rain barrels from local vendors who specialize in species that are easy to grow in this region. "The use of native plants requires a lot less water than say, turf, or plants that aren't native to the area," said sustainability specialist Jennifer McLoughlin.
Woodbury resident Dana Millington wants her children to remember their sister, Madison Claire, in a happy sense.
The Woodbury Public Safety department is not in the auto industry and has no interest in being in the car sales business. But when numerous vehicles are impounded for whatever reason, some go through the forfeiture process, which ends up making car salespeople of the cops after all. Public Safety Director Lee Vague said for that reason, the city now has cars stashed in various parts of town to the point that there is a dire need for a new impound lot. "We've had cars stored in public works, we've had cars stored in water towers, we've had cars stored in any number of city buildings that hav
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After growing up and living in Woodbury almost his entire life, 25-year-old chef Jimmy Hafiz says it's time to feed the people of his hometown. And not just any ordinary, so-called Italian dishes. He's talking true, authentic Italian cuisine. A new Italian-American neighborhood restaurant operated by Hafiz and his mother opened its doors on Monday. Carmine's Restaurant and Bar is located at the Valley Crossing center just off of Valley Creek Road and Woodbury Drive.
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.