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Woodbury City Council members adopted a new outdoor athletic policy that will require local associations to work together to get use of the fields. Woodbury Athletic Association and East Ridge Athletic Association will have to create unified in-house programs for them to each earn third priority status. The reason for the policy changes stems from years of trying to fairly accommodate use of the fields to all programs under each one of the associations that provide in-house programs, recreation supervisor Jodi Sauro said. "There is quite a bit of competition amongst the two organizations,"
The first Minnesota branch of CorTrust Bank is now open in Woodbury as part of the Commerce Hill development. A grand opening is planned for Tuesday, June 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. Jay Gikas, senior vice president and Twin Cities market manager, said construction took six months.
Geese seem to be everywhere in Woodbury during summer months, and a resident at one senior housing complex are taking a unique approach to the problem. Applewood Pointe senior housing resident Jim Orsello installed an alligator head decoy in the pond area. "So far, such efforts seem to be working out satisfactorily for Applewood Pointe of Woodbury -- with fingers crossed," resident Herb Gustafson said. Orsello got the idea while visiting family at a gated community in St. Louis. Geese deterrents were installed on the community's golf course and the problem disappeared, he said.
Meagan Frank had been married five years, she was a stay-at-home mom of a 3-year-old boy and a baby girl. She moved around so much to follow her college hockey coach husband, Paul, that she was in a vulnerable place. "I felt really, really stuck," she said. "I couldn't have stayed married like that for life." In Colorado at the time, the now Woodbury resident said she wasn't happy with her life or marriage. She was worried that it would end.
Arlen Marcus likes to think he inspired the city of Woodbury to consider solar panels on the public safety building. "I like to think we encouraged them to match us," the Woodbury resident said. In 2010, about 10 years after building their house on the south side of town, the Marcus family installed 24 rooftop solar panels that power 40 to 45 percent of their home's electricity annually. The 5.5-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system could produce more electricity for basic household consumption, but Marcus said the geothermal heating and cooling system they built the house with demands more ou
A Woodbury company offering work-at-home employment is being continuously monitored by the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota for what the agency calls deceptive claims. Force One Events offers work via the Internet but according to the BBB, the company's claims and myriad online operations are false.
A field for children with disabilities to play baseball was one step closer to reality when it hit a bump in the long road it's been on for the past four years. The Jeff Hanson Miracle Field was scheduled to be ready for the new East Metro Miracle League by July, but contractors who committed time, material and labor have backed out and others are no longer in business, Rotary president Cork Wicker said. The Woodbury Rotary Club took on the task of raising money to help cover the costs of the field, while partnering with the Miracle League of Minnesota.
Police department signs with Dakota County to use new system Woodbury City Council approved an agreement between the Woodbury Police Department and Dakota County to utilize an information network locally. As part of the Wednesday, May 25, consent agenda, the agreement will allow the department to use Dakota County's Criminal Justice Information Integration Network (CJIIN) for "eBriefing." The Woodbury Police Department will pay $1,417 in 2011 to have 85 users connect to the CJIIN.
One more road project is now slated for completion this fall. Courtly Road, from Century Avenue to Lake Road, will be fixed up this year, City Engineer Klayton Eckles said.
A restaurant once hopping with live music and Asian food lovers said goodbye to its CityWalk location because liquor license fees were too high. Shanghai Bistro owner Henry Chan said he chose not to renew his liquor license when it expired in April and chose to re-locate to Stillwater. "One of the biggest reasons we moved: it's $10,000 for liquor licensing," he said. "It's cheaper in downtown Minneapolis." Chan said he's now paying $2,600 in Stillwater and about $500 in Hudson and Eau Claire, Wis.