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When JP Armstrong sent a 1:30 a.m. email to Deb Larson detailing his idea to perform a series of weddings aboard a parade float, she couldn't stop laughing. "I can't think of a better story to tell people years from now," said Larson, a member of the Afton Parade committee. Now the Afton Fourth of July Parade is taking a romantic turn. Armstrong, a local wedding minister whose resume spans more than a decade of wild and exotic weddings, will be marrying people as the float scoots down St. Croix Trail during the annual parade.
Woodbury was among the highest growing cities in the metro, according to a new report. In its preliminary study released earlier this month, the Metropolitan Council estimates Woodbury grew by nearly 10 percent between 2010 and 2016 — the fourth highest compared to other cities in the metropolitan area. Since 2010, Woodbury's population rose from 61,961 to 68,079, trailing Blaine by roughly 1,000 people. Overall, the metropolitan region expanded by 191,628 people, with Minneapolis and St. Paul seeing the largest gains.
As hundreds of Woodbury High School graduates tossed their caps in the air, it all but wrapped up the ceremony for the class of 2017. For the roughly 420 students who dressed in royal blue caps and gowns, it signified the end of their high school career. But before graduates received their diplomas Sunday evening, June 4, at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood, they gave a final ear to their principal and classmates. In a commencement speech, Sofia Nwanokwale, 18, touched on what she saw as her classmates' futures.
Outdoor retailer Sierra Trading Post has opened at Woodbury's CityPlace. The store's June 4 opening signifies the fourth and final retail opening at the 100-acre CityPlace development this spring and marks the completion of the project's retail phase. Primarily an online retailer, the Wyoming-based Sierra Trading Post specializes in selling outdoor apparel and sporting gear, rivaling stores like Cabela's, REI and Gander Mountain. The company opened its first Minnesota store in Eagan in 2016. Sierra Trading Post operates about a dozen stores in the U.S.
A Gastroenterology firm specializing in treating people with gastrointestinal disorders is coming to Woodbury's CityPlace. Developers for 100-acre mixed-used CityPlace announced Friday that it has signed a "long-term lease" with Minnesota Gastroenterology. The Minnesota Gastroenterology expects to open during in early 2018 and will rent roughly a third of the building, according to a news release from Elion Partners.
Firefighters worked to extinguish multiple grass fires that broke out Wednesday on the westbound shoulder of Interstate 94 between Manning Avenue and Woodbury Drive in Lake Elmo. The fire, which started at approximately 2 p.m., drew responses from multiple departments. The right lane closest to the fire remained open during the operation.
A new exhibit featuring local photography is coming to the Afton Historical Museum next month. The museum recently partnered with the Belwin Conservancy and the Hudson, Wis.-based Phipps Center for the Arts for the "Discovering Belwin Conservancy" exhibit, which will open next month. The exhibit will showcase the work of five students who set out into the vast stretches of restored prairie land at Belwin in 2015 to capture images. The group also worked with the conservancy's naturalist Lynette Anderson
Chipotle restaurants announced that a cybersecurity allowed hackers to gain access to customer credit card data at a majority of its locations, including several dozen Minnesota and Wisconsin restaurants. The Denver-based burrito chain said Friday that the majority of its locations across the country were victims of malware, which allowed hackers to search credit card information, such as cardholder names, expiration dates and verification codes.
The Woodbury Community Foundation has come a long way from its humble roots when it first started in 2003 under the name Friends of Woodbury. Now the nonprofit is seeking a full-time executive director to continue its growth. Claudia Millington, the foundation's governing board chairwoman, said in a recent statement that hiring a full-time director will allow the non-profit to continue to grow.
With a three-volley gun salute, a somber re-telling of history and a prayer for veterans who died serving the country, hundred gathered Monday at Veterans Memorial in Woodbury for the annual Memorial Day service. The Woodbury Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9024 and the Woodbury American Legion Post 501 hosted the service, which included Civil War re-enactors, World War II vehicles, a bagpipe-led march and a somber moment of reflection.