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New census data shows a nearly 50 percent jump in Woodbury's renter-occupied housing units since the 2000 census, an increase in the minority population and a slight increase in unmarried partners living together. Part of that increase is attributed to the growing housing market in the city with a number of new apartments built in the last decade, Housing Specialist Karl Batalden said. But another factor is the sour economy that led a number of people to double up, rent part of their homes to help with mortgage costs or leave their homes to escape hefty monthly payments, said Washington Coun
A national organization now has a chapter in Woodbury for those who are looking to volunteer in various community service projects. Women of Today began work with a fundraiser for Clutch for Cause, which gives financial assistance to single parents, earlier this month. The new organization will meet the second Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
When Karen Graves found a lump on her breast six years ago, she chose not to tell anyone, though she was sure it was cancer. The Woodbury woman was diagnosed by her doctor just a few days later at 47 years old. "When you think you have cancer or when you're told you have cancer, you feel like you got kicked in the stomach," she said, which is why she chose to wait to tell her husband and two children. It was stage 2A breast cancer that gave her three tumors. It was aggressive; she needed surgery and extensive chemotherapy and radiation. But she stayed positive.
Local business and community members gathered Thursday morning for the Annual Business Town Meeting at Eagle Valley Club House, where a number of new and expanded businesses were recognized for work they've completed this year -- including the only Super Target built in the nation in 2011. Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said economic development is a mission that is "dear to my heart" and it's important to keep business retention a top priority in Woodbury. "We do look ahead to the future, we do plan, and that has helped us in the short run as well," she said.
Two large discount stores will open late this summer in Woodbury just a short distance apart off Radio Drive. Less than three months after Ultimate Electronics announced its bankruptcy and closure, officials from Savers said it's taking over the Woodbury location.
Gays and lesbians can now be ordained as leaders in Presbyterian churches across the country, according to a church amendment approved last week. In a meeting held Tuesday, May 10, the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area became the 87th presbytery to approve the amendment that will remove the church's constitutional requirement that all ministers, elders and deacons live in "fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a women." Woodbury's Trinity Presbyterian Church was among the 173-church majority voting in favor of the change, Pastor Gary Hanson said. "While polls over the past
More than 800 members and friends of Crossroads Church gave up their Saturday to pack up thousands of meals for African families and children. The church coordinated the event with Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian organization that distributes the meals. The group topped its ambitious goal of 285,000 meals and ended up packing 286,200 to send to Swaziland, Africa by the end of the 12-hour day. Crossroads Missions Director Lisa Adams said by the end of the first two-hour shift, volunteers had packed 20,000 meals. "I'm just thrilled.
With growing social media outlets used all over the world, Dion Richardson wanted something a little more personal than what's already out there. "It' a social networking site that's really based on video and audio," he said of the creation he named Mr. Jockey. The new social networking site, based out of Richardson's Woodbury home, has nearly 6,000 users. Starting a whole new career in website management and design, Richardson -- though not making as much money as he was in the medical device industry -- said he's now extremely happy running "Mr. Jockey." What makes Mr.
Slowing down speedy drivers could cost Woodbury residents, according to a proposed policy. Woodbury City Council and staff repeatedly went back and forth on what to do to solve the problem -- while trying to please everyone -- at a workshop Wednesday night. Not only did the discussion cover the construction aspects of it, it addressed a subject that may affect everyone in town: assessments. The council was divided on how to pay for future traffic calming projects if they're necessary.
New housing statistics reveal a shortage of affordable rental units in Washington County. The 2011 National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) report states that Minnesota ranks the worst for rental affordability among low-wage workers. And a 2010 report by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency says Washington County ranks worst among the seven metro counties in terms of rent affordability. Housing is considered affordable if it costs less than 30 percent of a household gross income.