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On one of the few nice, sunny Monday afternoons that Woodbury saw so far this spring, walkers, bikers and joggers strolled local parks to enjoy the weather. But not many were seen at Markgrafs Park, where a woman was sexually assaulted early Saturday morning, according to police. "I run outside quite a bit so that's definitely alarming," said Natalie Johnston, a Woodbury resident who spent some time Monday afternoon with her two children at neighboring Powers Lake Park.
Woodbury residents are here to stay. That pretty much summarizes the results of the 2011 community survey that were released this week and presented at Wednesday's City Council workshop. Decision Resources' Bill Morris said a lot of the traditional findings are still visible in the community, but some changes were also revealed. "You don't have one crushing, serious issue that has been here year in and year out," Morris, of the Minneapolis-based firm, told council members Wednesday. Residents continue to move from St.
A purchase agreement for the State Farm Insurance Co. building is now in a holding pattern after Wellington Management, Inc. decided to pull a letter of intent to buy the building. Steve Wellington, president of the development company, said he is still very much interested, "but we're not sure exactly what the next step is." The process began in September when Wellington signed a purchase agreement with State Farm requiring the company to put a nonrefundable amount of earnest money down in an escrow account.
Despite media reports saying he's pulling the plug on the State Farm Insurance Co. project, Woodbury city officials say they're still open to a deal with developer Steve Wellington. Though no official proposal was ever presented to the city of Woodbury, Wellington Management, Inc. is no longer interested in the vacant State Farm building, according to news reports. The Minneapolis/St.
A biennial survey conducted in the City of Woodbury reveals that residents are overall happy with the quality of life. At tonight's workshop, Woodbury City Council will discuss the results that state more people consider property taxes as "about average," communication between the city and residents is good compared to other suburban communities and growth remains a concern, but it continues to diminish as an issue from its highest 1997 level. Out of about 400 randomly selected residents of Woodbury, 20 percent said growth is considered the most serious issue facing the community, 10 percent
Plans for a new arts center in Woodbury are almost complete. The Woodbury Planning Commission approved a plan Monday by the South Washington County School District and the Arts Connection to build Merrill Arts Center at East Ridge High School. The plan is to build a 10,000 square-foot, two-story addition to the school that will consist of a black box theater, scene shop, classroom, gallery and office space for the Arts Connection group. The building design will match the school's existing brick and glass exterior as well as tree canopy on the outside. Michelle Witte, vice president for the
When Woodbury homeowner Eric Levinson noticed some water running off his driveway, he had no idea where it was coming from and didn't know it would cost him up to $6,500 to get the leak fixed.
From churches to banks, government to nonprofits, schools and health care organizations, the Second Annual Woodbury Community Expo was filled with information and activities for all ages. The event, held at the Bielenberg Sports Center, kicked off Saturday morning with people strolling into the field house curious to see what's inside. In addition to interacting with numerous community organizations, visitors got to watch performances by the St.
Adam Lunn believes the night he crashed his car into motorcyclist Adam Gadach, it was a choice - not an accident. "My life was forever changed because of the choices that somebody else made," Gadach said. Four years ago, Gadach was hit head-on by Lunn on a rural St. Croix County, Wis., road. Lunn, who had been driving under the influence, fled the scene and had no idea what he had done. Gadach was airlifted to a hospital where he needed 15 units of blood, underwent 10 hours of surgery and ended up losing his left leg. But the pain that lasted to this day is not just physical.
A Woodbury residence that was severely destroyed by a fire in February is now a public safety issue and a hazardous building that must go, city leaders decided Wednesday. But Woodbury City Council member Amy Scoggins said she doesn't think it should be the city's responsibility to take care of the demolition process. The house, located at 1198 Hillcrest Drive, was extensively damaged by a fire on Feb. 6. It was an investment property being remodeled with no original electrical, plumbing and heating systems.