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With the economic downturn over the last three years, the golf industry was one of many that got hit with declining revenues. Eagle Valley Golf Course, a Woodbury municipal operation, was not immune to the dismal economy. Revenue projections made in the 1990s have not been met, according to city documents. Woodbury City Council reviewed a plan at last Wednesday's workshop that would modify Eagle Valley's debt structure starting in 2012.
The children's rhyme goes something like this: "Ring around the rosy, pocket full of posy. Ashes, ashes, we all fall down." When Darrell Rohling of Woodbury was thinking of a title for his debut novel "Ashes, Ashes" he wanted something that almost everyone can relate to, but still made sense to what the story is all about. "I didn't want anything too sensational," he said.
The year 2014 can't come soon enough for Bielenberg Sports Center Manager Dave Black -- after all it'll be the year the center will likely get a major facelift. At Wednesday's Woodbury City Council workshop meeting, Black explained the need for additional locker room space, and field house turf and dome remodeling. The meeting highlighted Bielenberg's operations for the year 2010 as well as potential improvements and plans to expand the facility in 2014. The council has not officially voted on a construction plan, but over the last few months, members have discussed options with city staff
Firefighters call her the mother of the Woodbury Fire Department. This year, the fire department is celebrating 50 years and there is one person who's been involved in all of its lifetime. Dorothy Richardson was an auxiliary member married to one of the founding fathers of the department, Calvin Richardson, before Woodbury was even a city. She was a two-time vice president and one of the firefighter wives who organized fundraisers, cooked meals and even attended fire calls. "It was a dedication that became a fun type of volunteer work," Richardson said. Richardson witnessed the signing of
A new business is making a return to the classic beauty shop. Kris Halseth recently opened Salon 755 at the Tamarack Hills complex with hopes to take customers back to the day when salons were a daylong destination. "We don't like fast hair, we want to do quality hair," the licensed cosmetologist said.
Gunshots, helicopters and police sirens were heard from miles away. But it wasn't a pursuit or a crime being committed that brought more than 70 K-9 police officers and dogs to Woodbury on Sunday. The Region 18 K-9 trials were held for three days and the public got to see the action up close on the East Ridge High School football field this weekend. Audience members of all ages applauded, cheered and appeared impressed by the dogs' ability to respond to various types of orders from their handlers. All of the dogs that were registered to compete in the trials were seeking certification as p
Lisa and Joseph DeWaele wanted a change in lifestyle that would help them lose weight and become healthier.
Cooperation - not competition - could be the name of the game for two youth athletic associations caught in the wake of a growing dilemma over athletic-field scheduling. Woodbury City Council members approved a plan for participation rates to govern the priority system given to teams that compete for limited city playing fields.
Two weeks before graduation, the Math and Science Academy senior class gathered at their exclusive building away from the sixth and seventh graders, to finish up some academic obligations while keeping up a light-hearted atmosphere. Just 30 students moved that tassel to the other side Wednesday at a small ceremony at Central Park in Woodbury.
It's neck and neck between two New Life Academy students for the title of valedictorian. It will come down to whether one of the two students gets an A- versus an A at the end of the semester, said guidance counselor Lindy Wiersum. The top two students this year are Ana Zdechlik with a GPA of 4.14 and Austin Dorenkamp, with a 4.13 GPA. In the end, the two students may tie and become the school's 2011 co-valedictorians; otherwise one will come on top while the other follows as salutatorian.