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On sunny weekend afternoons, residents along Afton Boulevard have had to contend with the thundering sound of motorcycle groups, which they say is excessively loud. Now city leaders are considering new ordinances or upping enforcement in light of ongoing complaints. City Council member Stan Ross said residents in his ward have observed an increase in loud motorcycles in recent weeks mainly due to construction detours from the city's downtown.
Fairview and HealthEast have approved a merger deal that will finalize June 1, leaders from both organizations announced Tuesday. The merger, which was first announced in March, will create one of the largest hospital systems in the state. "Bringing Fairview and HealthEast together gives us the opportunity to create a world-class health system committed to serving our communities and the region," Fairview CEO James Hereford said in a statement. In addition to the entire Twin Cities metro area, the combined system will also cover parts of greater Minnesota.
Renovations to the Woodbury City Council chambers are nearing completion. Despite the project being set back from its fall 2016 start date, city leaders anticipate the $514,000 project will wrap up before the council's June meeting. "Even though it's a small space, there's a lot of details that go into it," said Parks and Recreation Director Bob Klatt. His department, in addition to Woodbury's parks, also oversees municipal buildings.
As the May 24 opening date approaches for Woodbury Whole Foods, the company revealed Thursday what will be going inside. Anchoring the 100-acre CityPlace development near Interstate 94 and Radio Drive, the natural foods grocer will be equipped with a taproom, cold brew coffee served on tap and a mochi ice cream bar, among others, according to a company announcement Thursday.
Two Illinois men accused of transporting the largest load of untaxed tobacco in Minnesota history have pleaded guilty to felony smuggling charges. Mohammad Abdul Majid and Iman Ugurlu, both of Bridgeview, Ill., admitted Wednesday in Washington County District Court to bringing $78,000 in unmarked cigarettes over the Minnesota and Wisconsin border last summer. In accepting their guilty plea, District Judge Tad Jude sentenced Majid and Ugurlu to five years probation for one count of felony aiding in abetting in the sale of untaxed tobacco.
WOODBURY, Minn. — State lawmakers are seeking a long-term vision for a heavily used freeway interchange in the east metro, amid safety concerns over the growing number of accidents. Earlier this year, Rep. Kelly Fenton, R-Woodbury, introduced a bill directing the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to study the interchange where Interstates 94, 494 and 694 meet in Woodbury and Oakdale. The study aims to be among the first steps to address congestion and safety for the state's second most-traveled interchange.
A former principal of East Ridge High School in Woodbury has pleaded guilty to felony theft for misusing school funds to make personal purchases. Aaron Harper, 41, abruptly resigned in 2014 when allegations surfaced that he had inappropriately spent thousands of school district dollars for unapproved goods and services. On Monday, the Cottage Grove man pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft by swindle in Washington County District Court.
Portillo’s has announced an opening date in Woodbury. The Chicago-style eatery plans to open its first Minnesota store at 10:30 a.m. July 11. The opening also marks the 50th restaurant location to open, as well the first in the state after the company set off to expand beyond the Wind City in recent years. A Portillo’s restaurant in Maple Grove is also in the works. Located off of Radio Drive near Cabela’s, the Woodbury restaurant will feature a Prohibition-era theme, including images of Al Capone and other 1920s gangsters splashed across the walls.
The Woodbury City Council approved plans to build 199 townhouses south of East Ridge High School April 26. D. R. Horton, the county's largest home construction company, plans to build 69 detached townhomes and 155 row townhomes on what used to be farm fields south of the high school. The project will be done in phases and will likely take three to five years before it's complete, said Woodbury Community Development Director Dwight Picha.
The city of Woodbury is proposing changes to where firearm and bow hunting is allowed. Later this month, the City Council plans to review updates to the city's hunting map. The changes will restrict hunting near La Lake, Brookview and an area south of Military Road that borders Cottage Grove. Driven by Woodbury's growth, the city updates its hunting map every two to three years. The last change was in 2015. Hunting areas are most concentrated in the southern and eastern edge of the city.