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Monday mornings mean one thing to about 50 Woodbury senior citizens: bridge at Central Park. But last week's game was about much more than just a few rounds of cards. It was a day to honor the woman who started the group, taught the game for 40 years and contributed to the Washington County Christian Cupboard Food Shelf's success over the last several years. Fran Langevin, the founder of the Woodbury Monday Morning Bridge Club, was diagnosed with a terminal case of pancreatic cancer about a year ago. The 70-year-old doesn't like to be in the spotlight, she said.
Large white trailers with the logo "NHANES" parked at the Woodbury Sheraton Hotel are in town to gather some health data. For the first time ever, about 350 Washington County residents will get free physical exams as part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. The annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) randomly selected Washington County among 15 others across the nation to collect the data. NHANES representatives have already visited about 1,000 homes in the county to ask for participation from qualifying individuals and families.
Six years ago Heather Brierley was constantly moving from one rental property to the next, struggling to pay bills while going to school and taking care of a child. Today the Woodbury resident owns a two-bedroom home sold to her by Habitat for Humanity. Her townhome mortgage payments are less than half of what she used to spend on rent. Her utilities are about the same, but she's got twice the space, a yard and a place to call her own. "This was it: the end.
They called it a mid-life crisis, but the duo responsible for opening a barbecue joint in Woodbury plans to add a unique twist to the fast food industry in the area. Cory Sessions and Dale Mueller of Farmington signed on to open a new Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Woodbury this fall. "There is not a lot of barbecue up here. There is nothing fast, casual," Sessions said. The new location will join six others in the Twin Cities metro area with restaurants in Burnsville, Eagan, Plymouth, Coon Rapids, Maple Grove and Shakopee.
The Commerce Hill development is growing - slowly but surely. A new, well-known tenant is close to joining the complex where Super Target and CorTrust Bank are located. McDonald's is next in line for review and approval, according to city staff and Woodbury Developers, LLC. Woodbury Planning Commission on Monday, July 18, approved a conditional use permit application for the site.
Woodbury Lakes is making its pitch for trendy, hip and edgy moms to grab their kids and come shopping.
A 611-acre development in south Woodbury finally has a name. Introducing: "Fields of Woodbury." City officials who attended Woodbury City Council workshop last Wednesday agreed the name sounded better than "Sub-phase 2A." The meeting highlighted plans for the development's trunk sanitary sewer project, which is part of Phase 2. A sanitary sewer trunk extension -- in the Phase 2 development -- is necessary to serve the area generally bounded by Bailey Road on the north, Radio Drive to the west and Woodbury Drive to the east along with the southwest corner of Bailey Road and Radio Drive. Th
More than 100 people came out to Tamarack Nature Preserve Thursday, July 14, to check out a rare wetland area that houses numerous plants, flowers and animal diversity. The annual tour attracted all age groups and was divided into separate groups based on interest levels. Most of those who attended chose the general tour, which showcased how the wetland cleanses storm water, adds to local groundwater reservoirs and sustains native vegetation. Visitors got an up-close look at exotic flowers and plants that they rarely get to see on a stroll down most other trails.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto released the 2010 Local Government Lobbying Services report Thursday, July 14, highlighting cities' expenditures toward lobbying efforts. The city of Woodbury did not contribute any money toward specific lobbying or legislative initiatives, according to city officials. "We haven't used city funds to lobby for a specific issue in quite some time," said Matt Stemwedel, assistant to the city administrator.
Woodbury taxpayers could see a slight levy increase, by way of street improvement costs. Woodbury City Council discussed the preliminary 2012 budget at last Wednesday's workshop where staff presented different scenarios detailing a percentage increase in the street reconstruction fund. A 2 percent increase, or $563,000, is the recommended amount for street maintenance and rehabilitation projects, according to city administrator Clint Gridley.