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A missing alligator ended up on a golf course in Woodbury over Fourth of July weekend, according to police reports. A local resident reported that his neighbor's 4-foot long alligator was taken for a swim at a pond on Prestwick Golf Course's 10th hole. But the pet didn't stay there for long -- it was later reported missing. Police responded to the golf course to find the alligator's owner searching for it in a pond near the 10th tee. The owner said the alligator had escaped from the yard on the evening of July 3 and was last seen in the pond.
A completely new and renovated McDonald's will reemerge this September in Woodbury, after the old one is torn down and rebuilt. The 29-year-old structure has exceeded its capacity, owners Jim and Patrick Duval said. The one-lane drive-thru is always busy during peak hours, sometimes backed up all the way to the street entrance. "It really was due to capacity. We've grown; we continue to grow in Woodbury.
Fluctuating gas prices, parking costs, stress-free commuting and increased transit service are all factors that reflect the growing number of Park and Ride users in Woodbury. Therefore, Metro Transit is proposing a new parking ramp at the Woodbury 10 Theatre Park and Ride site that will double the number of spaces by 2015-16 to accommodate for anticipated growth in the next few years. "Over each of the last four years, Metro Transit's ridership on buses and trains has exceeded 76 million and the last time that benchmark was hit was in the year 1982," said John Siqveland, Metro Transit spokes
A motorcyclist who crashed into a line of trees following a police chase in Woodbury Friday morning has died, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Robert Dennis Davis, 30, of Madison Lake, Minn., was driving northbound on highway 61 in Cottage Grove when police received speeding and road rage complaints regarding the motorcycle shortly before 8 a.m. Friday, State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said. A state trooper located the motorcyclist near the area of Lower Afton Road and Highway 61.
Studies show that the more weight joints carry, the weaker they get. "It's well known in the medical literature that there is a correlation between body weight, body size, obesity, body mass index and the onset of arthritic change," said Woodwinds orthopedic surgeon Jack Drogt.
The home of the new "Woodbury Roll" opened its doors this week. Asia Bistro, located at CityWalk, will offer much more than just Chinese and Japanese cuisine; it'll take its customers around the entire continent, owner Brian Tam said. Bringing flavors from Beijing to Seoul, Tam said he and his family tried dishes from every possible restaurant while traveling around the United States and Canada to keep their ideas fresh and inspired. "We don't want to contain ourselves into one name," Tam said of the reason why he named the restaurant "Asia" Bistro.
Residents of Woodbury and the surrounding areas will get a chance to see a hidden Twin Cities gem next week on a tour hosted by the city and the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District. Tamarack Nature Preserve, a rare ecosystem located north of Valley Creek Road off Tower Drive, is home to more than 150 acres of high plant and animal diversity. The swamp is one-of-a-kind.
An Eagle Scout since the age of 14, William Stout of Woodbury has done much to earn top honors. But his most recent recognition comes after a full year of community service work that he takes pride in. The 18-year-old was named Minnesota's VFW Scout of the Year, which puts him in the running for a national award. "They were happy to see that I had a great service record ... I've organized tons of events," he said of the VFW. One of the major events Stout organized a few years ago was a walk for Down Syndrome.
Professionalism, national branding and the support behind a franchise led a Woodbury man to start the first Fresh Coat business in Minnesota. Steve Bowen is owner of the Woodbury-based franchise. He services the entire metro area through the interior and exterior painting business with a crew of four. "(Fresh Coat) has the national branding and structure behind it," Bowen said. "I wanted to have a professional image." The business, which opened in early June, has so far been booked three weeks out.
In a brief meeting Wednesday, June 22, Woodbury City Administrator Clint Gridley announced the city would not be affected under a state shutdown. "Our lights are going to be on even if the state's are off," he said. In other business, the council approved: An application for the final plan and developer's agreement for the Stonemill Farms 7th Addition Phase II. The applicant, Newland Communities, requested platting the final 33 units of its approved 90-unit multi-family project.