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Woodbury is asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to weigh in after an appellate court ruled it may not charge developers for roads outside of their property. The petition, filed earlier this week, follows a recent legal victory for Martin Harstad. The New Brighton-based developer sued Woodbury in 2015 after it sought nearly $1.4 million for road improvements as a condition for Harstad's 183-home residential project.
Costco has announced an opening date in Woodbury, a project almost two decades in the making. The national warehouse retailer said it plans to open its store Nov. 15. at the northeast corner of Tamarack Road and Interstate 494. The 165,000 square-foot warehouse will include a gas station, bakery, tire center, pharmacy, liquor store and other amenities.
Art was in the air last weekend in Afton, as visitors gathered for the city's annual Art in the Park Fair. In its 39th year, the outdoor art fair drew thousands to the Afton's Old Village where several dozen artists displayed their work. Artists ranged from a variety of mediums, including fine arts, crafts, sculpture, apparel, photography and more. Local artists transformed Adirondack chairs into works of art, ranging from Afton landmarks to reimagined classic works of art.
Before the autumn colors coat the St. Croix River Valley, local and regional artists will be adding their own flair this weekend during Afton's annual Art in the Park fair. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Town Square Park, with other activities around Afton's Old Village. In its 39th year, the outdoor art fair touts more than 100 vendors, live music, food and artists from various mediums, including, fine arts, traditional crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography and apparel.
Metropolitan areas in Minnesota and Wisconsin have seen significant declines in the number of impaired driving offenses, but the rate of drunken driving in rural areas remains high. Minnesota's Dakota, Washington and Hennepin counties saw the steepest reductions in chronically impaired drivers between 2015 and 2016. Hennepin, Minnesota's largest county, experienced nearly a 100-person drop in DWI convictions for a fourth or higher DWI offense.
A longtime method of charging developers for future roadways in Woodbury is unlawful, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed Monday. The city's practice of charging developers fees for future road improvements fell under legal fire last year when New Brighton-based developer Martin Harstad contested Woodbury's policy after it sought to collect $1.3 million for roads outside of Harstad's 183-home residential project.
With the Craft Beer and Kitchen restaurant poised for demolition in place of four retail buildings, some Woodbury residents are questioning the move and bemoaning the loss of one of the city's few independently-run restaurants. A Florida-based developer submitted plans this spring that would see the restaurant building at 700 Commons Drive cleared for 14,000 square feet of retail space, pending the city council's approval Wednesday, Aug. 30.
A rash of armed hotel robberies across the region has authorities asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects. Police have noted five hotel robberies in the past month between 11 p.m. and the early morning hours in Woodbury, Hastings, Red Wing, Inver Grove Heights and North Branch. Woodbury Public Safety described two men in their mid-20s or early-30s.
A man died after being struck by a tanker truck Tuesday afternoon in Woodbury. The incident occurred after 2 p.m. in the northbound lane of Interstate 494, south of the Interstate 94, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The State Patrol said in a statement the crash remains under investigation. Authorities temporarily closed two northbound lanes on I-494.
The body of a 24-year-old Woodbury woman was found last week at Edgewater Park near Colby Lake. Police responded to the Woodbury park just before 7 a.m. Aug. 15 after a park-goer discovered the woman's body. Investigating police found no sign of foul play, and the death has been ruled a suicide by hanging. The National Suicide Prevention lifeline is 800-273-TALK (8255). Additional information is at save.org.