Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.
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Washington County commissioners got to vote on their favorite ice cream flavor, best vocal artist and top auto manufacturer last week. The board tested out a new electronic voting machine that automatically recognizes errors and will be used at all 88 precincts during primary and general elections. The county approved the purchase of the new equipment for $732,900 last month.
A property that has gone through a few name changes over the past few years is finally getting a new and possibly permanent identity. The 100-acre mixed-use development formerly home to the State Farm corporate headquarters that was named Woodbury Corporate Center when it closed is now dubbed “City Place.” Plans call for the large corporate office development that has sat empty for years to soon breathe new life through a proposal by the national real estate investment firm Elion Partners, which is under contract with State Farm to purchase the site. The city received the proposal thi
New improvements to the Woodbury off-leash dog park drew some public comments last week suggesting more fencing, a small dog area and paved trails. The city is proposing to spend about $335,000 on the project that may provide some peace of mind to dog owners and users of the park. “They want to be assured once they unclip that leash, they have that security of a fenced area,” assistant parks and recreation director Mike Adams said. Not included in the current plan is a restroom facility, though attendees of a public meeting last week emphasized it should be a priority. But Adams sa
A Woodbury City Council member who often votes no on budget issues has decided to run for a second term. If elected in November, Christopher Burns said it would be his second and final term. “I personally believe in term limits,” he said last week as he sat flipping through a large binder of council meeting minutes.
Kaitlin Pakkala sat near the R.H. Stafford Library swiping on her iPad and typing on her computer as she worked on a business etiquette paper. The East Ridge High School senior prefers her iPad over books for its lightweight and convenient features. “You don’t have the big keyboard, you can hold it whatever way you want,” she said. “You don’t have the pages flopping everywhere.” Like many tablet users, Pakkala is a proponent of the technology.
A new preschool and day care center is proposing to build a 10,000 square-foot building at an already congested site in Woodbury. Goddard School, a franchise with locations in Brooklyn Park, Chanhassen and Plymouth, plans to add its newest site at the corner of Radio and Pioneer drives. But the application was put on hold last week when the city’s Planning Commission requested additional data regarding traffic patterns and parking. The proposed site is adjacent to Math and Science Academy’s two buildings along with two other businesses sharing the same access road. Planning Commiss
Woodbury’s splash pad is becoming a reality. Woodbury City Council accepted a $387,500 bid by Peterson Companies, Inc. to prepare the site and install the equipment for the new summer attraction. The council decided to add a new splash pad last year as part of the newly remodeled Bielenberg Sports Center complex. The city is partnering with Madison Claire Foundation to also install all-accessible playground equipment at the site that will be dubbed Madison Claire Playground. Part of the funding will come from the city’s park dedication fund.
A street project that continues to garner an unusual volume of correspondence at Woodbury City Hall was reconsidered Wednesday after it previously failed to move forward due to lack of support. The Evergreen neighborhood construction project was approved as originally proposed, however, details of how wide two of the main roads will be has not been decided. Many residents of the large Woodbury neighborhood opposed narrowing Tamberwood Trail and Pinehurst Road, while others said going from 44 to 28 feet would curb a speeding problem in their community. The arguments on both sides resul
The world of libraries is changing. That’s a phrase heard often since e-books’ popularity continues to increase, a trend prompting Washington County libraries to consider a strategic plan to identify future needs of local libraries. A Washington County Board workshop discussion last week concluded that public input combined with statistics and studies will help officials pinpoint a new direction for libraries. “None of us have a crystal ball,” Commissioner Lisa Weik, who represents Woodbury, said.
“Try not playing sports, try not picking up things on your own, try not even walking … ” Those are the words of Bryce Madsen, a 12-year-old Woodbury boy who’s been in a wheelchair struggling with spinal muscular atrophy for most of his life. Though he enjoys raising awareness about SMA, his degenerative disease is starting to take a toll on his emotional health. But Madsen’s good spirits combined with his honesty made him the star of a short, award-winning documentary chosen in this year’s International Film Festival lineup. The Woodbury Middle School student has been battling SMA