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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
An energy company that recently acquired a number of Super America gas stations will soon fill the former Gateway Corporate Center in Woodbury. The company, Northern Tier Energy LLC, is an independent downstream energy company headquartered in Ridgefield, Conn., with a refinery in St.
Woodbury will soon have a second funeral home, a family-owned business that has been looking to join the community for more than a decade. Woodbury Planning Commission members approved a conditional-use permit for O'Halloran & Murphy funeral home at the Aug. 1 meeting. City Council also approved the recommendation at Wednesday's meeting. Owners of the St. Paul-based funeral home and cremation service, John and Michael O'Halloran, first submitted an application in 2000 to build the funeral home in the Reliance City Center East complex.
After years of dealing with prostitution at some local massage parlors, Woodbury police are proposing an ordinance aimed at protecting the city from attracting more illegal activity. The new ordinance, which Woodbury City Council decided to table at Wednesday night's meeting, would require existing and new massage therapy businesses to apply for licensing that could cost more than $1,000 in fees. "Right now in the city there really is no licensing at all," said Public Safety Director Lee Vague.
The holy month of Ramadan could not have come at a more appropriate time this year. With thousands of children dying from hunger in Somalia, the Muslim community in Woodbury is feeling the crisis a bit more this time. Ramadan is a month-long holiday that requires Muslims to fast during the daylight hours.
A popular catering business closed its doors in Woodbury this summer. Tinucci's Eagle Lake Lane location is no longer open but is still operating at its original location in Newport. Owner Greg Tinucci said one of the three partners -- his brother John Tinucci -- decided to retire, which was the reason behind the closure. "We can't run two restaurants with two people," he added, referring to himself and his other brother Mark Tinucci. The family-owned business served Woodbury for more than eight years.
After years of dealing with prostitution at local massage parlors, Woodbury City Council is expected to pass an ordinance aimed at protecting the city from attracting more illegal activity. The new ordinance, which council will vote on at tonight's meeting, will require existing and new massage therapy businesses to apply for licensing that could cost more than $1,000 in fees. "Right now in the city there really is no licensing at all," said Public Safety Director Lee Vague.
A local bookstore is closing and the increasing popularity of electronic readers is partially to blame. Borders in Woodbury began liquidation late last month after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year. Last Wednesday afternoon, the Woodbury store was hopping with customers of all ages trying to score some deals before the store closes for good. A number of books, movies, CDs, magazines and games were discounted. A wide range of generations were browsing the store -- and not just at its eReader counter. "We were all working hard towards a different outcome, but the
A man who claims he's invented the next Google is showing interest in purchasing the State Farm Insurance Co. building.
Inspired by World Series necklaces, three Woodbury residents are bringing the spirit wear to local sports fans. Gregory Rohm, Jason Ritzer and Tim Clark started the company "Atti2ude Custom Spirit Wear," which features customizable, school-specific sports necklaces for students and fans at Woodbury and East Ridge high schools. "There is a market for spirit wear within our schools and the youth of Woodbury," Ritzer said. The trio have already sold nearly 500 necklaces that are customizable for each school's colors -- black and gold for East Ridge and white and blue for the Royals. The magne